The author enlisted in what was the Army Air Force in 1943. He was disqualified for pilot training because of his poor depth perception, trained in radar maintenance and operation for weather observation, and served in the weather stations of Saipan and Okinawa, where he was at the end of WWII. He married in 1948, went to California Polytechnic State College under the GI Bill, graduated in 1951 with a BA in physics, went to work for Douglas Aircraft the same year as an industry-classified engineer, and retired in 1978. His love for science is equaled by his love for poetry. He has published a book on poetry titled The Sledgehammer and Anvil. He lives in California and has a summerhouse in the state of Washington, where he does some of his writing and graphics.