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Back Casts is a long autobiographical memoir describing the author’s childhood during the 1930s and 40s as the oldest of four children of a prominent high school coach in Akron Ohio. He takes us through his school days, including the war years when his father was away in the Navy, attending Princeton as a scholarship student and graduating in 1951 at the height of the Korean War. His military service began as a naval reservist at Princeton and prevented his call to active duty for nearly two years as a result of a lingering medical problem. He finally entered the Marine Corps as a private, and subsequently transferred to the Coast Guard to attend officer candidate school. His service in the Coast Guard included nearly a year as junior officer on a weather ship out of Boston, followed by a fourteen month to tour of isolated duty as commanding officer of a Loran station in the Aleutians, completing his active duty in the Ninth Coast Guard District Office in Cleveland. Upon his release to inactive duty he and his wife returned to Akron where he worked as an architectural draftsman and completed his professional architectural degree at Kent State University. Thinking of a career in college teaching led him to move his young family to Eugene, Oregon to seek a Masters degree at the University of Oregon. In 1960 he received the first Master of Arts in the History of Architecture ever awarded by the University, but his ambition to become a college teacher did not survive two years of graduate school. Unwilling to move his young family from Eugene, he went to work in a local architectural firm and began seven years employment in four architectural firms, including a famous lawsuit against the State Board of Architect Examiners, before becoming a registered architect. During these years he served as Commanding Officer of the Eugene Coast Guard Reserve Unit, scoutmaster of his sons’ troop, and was instrumental in founding his fly fishing club, as well as what has become the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Since setting up his own architectural practice in 1967, Hosfield has engaged in a variety of occupations and avocations: residential builder developer; candidate for political office; campaign manager; investor in gold and currencies; publisher of art prints; fly tier and bamboo rod maker. All these activities are related in detail. He is a renal cell cancer survivor of twenty-six years and five major surgeries. In subtitling his book “Memoirs of an Old Fly Fisherman,” Hosfield pays tribute to how much his passion for fly fishing has governed important choices throughout his long life. There is some actual fly fishing mentioned in the book, but mostly it is incidental to the friendships developed through fly fishing. The penultimate chapter in the book is devoted to his service to the International Federation of Fly Fishers for which he received the Order of Lapis Lazuli, its highest award, in 1996.
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J. David “Skip” Hosfield was born in 1929 in Akron Ohio, the oldest grandchild in his father’s large family. As a result of his grandfather’s occupation as a local shoe merchant, and his father’s position as the popular and successful high school coach, his family enjoyed a prominence far beyond their meager financial resources during those depression and wartime years of his childhood. His academic distinction got him admitted as a scholarship student to Princeton where he studied architecture and graduated in the class of 1951. His military career is distinctive for having served on inactive duty in the Navy Reserve and subsequently on active duty in the Marine Corps and Coast Guard. He is retired from the Coast Guard Reserve with the rank of Commander. Following his military service Hosfield resumed his architectural studies at Kent State University, one of the first three students to be awarded the Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1958. He then moved his young family to Eugene, Oregon for further graduate study at the University of Oregon. In 1960 he was awarded the first Master of Arts in History of Architecture given by the University. Since then he has remained in Eugene for the fly fishing and other quality of life assets. In addition to his work as an architect he has been a house builder, scoutmaster, politician, art print publisher, and twenty-five year cancer survivor. During his years in Eugene Hosfield was fortunate to become a founding member of two fly fishing clubs, as well as being instrumental in the founding of what has become the International Federation of Fly Fishers. An accomplished fly tier all his life, in retirement he became a tier and framer of full dressed Atlantic salmon flies in a maker of fine bamboo fly rods. Hosfield and his wife, Donna met in third grade. They have been married for over sixty years. They have two sons, both businessmen living in Portland, and two adult grandchildren.
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Book Description About Time Publishing, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0984792864