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Om You Should Have Been There
So many people have told me I should write a book because I almost always could come up with a true story for most any situation happening. So I am succumbing to all the prompting and writing down the many stories I have stored in me. It's impossible to just sit down and write everything at once. I have to wait until an event happens that triggers my memory. For instance, when I was in the army, I recorded many of the happenings of army life that I thought funny or unusual. Stories I write will mostly be about other people that happened into my life and not necessarily about me, but I was there, an observer as much as a participant. I've relied on the opinions of generous friends who think my stories are worthwhile. I'm fortunate to have crossed paths with many luminaries and have been exposed to lots of humanity, both good and bad. I went from high school into army intelligence for three years during the Korean War. After being discharged, I attended Wayne State University for one year and sold cars for a short while. Then I went to the Chrysler Engineering Institute. I graduated from Chrysler and became a body design engineer. After a while, big layoffs got me looking for employment again, and I went to work as a mechanical engineer for several years at companies that were into the space programs. I drifted into acting and modeling and was one of the most working models around Detroit. I was in over one hundred movies and TV commercials in that career for nineteen years and worked all over the country. In 1980, I moved to the Palm Beach area in Florida and, after a short time engineering again, was hired as a salesman at one of the largest art galleries in the world. I spent sixteen years at the gallery and then retired as part owner. In retirement now, I occupy my time painting, golfing, and cruising around the waters in my boat. This book is about the unusual happenings in my varied life and of the many famous people I met and worked with. Every story is true and written as best I can recollect.