Three Crazy Careers Seventy-two Years: One Lucky Man

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This account of three unplanned careers supports the theory that life does not pursue a set of plans. As the author at ninety-two explains to friends, "If it weren't for World War II, I'd likely still be milking cows today" While in elementary school, Nelson and his older brother, Roy, became key parts of the family's dairy labor force. He describes his official thirty-year work career as a fertilizer salesman with clarity. Companies, bosses, and fellow employees are named. Each is given a candid appraisal. Significant failures on his part don't appear to stand in the way of his advancement. Nelson often sees this as pure luck or happenstance. As an ad-lib speaker following retirement, he describes himself as "several notches below President George Bush" And yet almost thirty years and 4,957 speeches later, high schools were still requesting his appearance when he decided to discontinue speaking engagements in the summer of 2011. Various stimulations triggered the writing of three books during the final fifteen years of his postretirement thirty-year career. The challenge of attracting publishers is described, followed by Nelson's observations of the self-publishing process.

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Kenneth E. Nelson was raised on a California dairy farm during the Great Depression. Three and a half years were spent in the military during World War II, followed by an equal period to attain his BS degree from UC Berkeley. Following retirement from the farm fertilizer industry, he spent thirty years as a volunteer speaker for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). During that same period, Nelson capped a lifelong interest in writing with the publication of three books. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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