Joined 6 years ago
A child of the sixties I grew up experiencing anti-war demonstrations and civil rights demonstrations which greatly influenced my view of the world. I was one of seven children with one brother and five sisters. My mother, second oldest of six children, had been raised in the hills of southwestern Virginia within spitting distance of both Kentucky and Tennessee. My father was born and raised in Ohio. He was the oldest boy in a large Catholic family of eight girls and four boys. He dropped out of high school and joined the Army during the Korean War. He married a girl before shipping overseas to the Phillipines and religiously sent his pay home to her every month. She took his pay, divorced him and was gone before he got home. While rollerskating one weekend he met my mother who had recently moved to Ohio to find work, and a month later they were married. The seven kids were spread out over the next 15 years.
For the first ten years of my life we lived in the city and then when I was ten we moved to an eighty acre farm. I was a good student and active in band. My family was poor and I had every intention of going to college and getting out. After Graduation I went to college and then started collecting degrees. I got a Bachelor's degree in Biology, two Master's degrees and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
College can be expensive so I spent 9 years in the Army to help pay off my bills. I have also spent time in private practice, doing veterinary research and spent several years as a stay at home father.
My wife and I have been together for more than 19 years and we have a 17 year old son and a 14 year old daughter. We leave on a 65 acre farm where we raise sheep and crops.
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