Perspectives For My Grandchildren

 
9781484134771: Perspectives For My Grandchildren

My grandchildren are more capable, more knowledgeable and far better connected with their peers and the world around them than I was at their age. However, I have something that they can’t possibly have yet, the perspectives which 75 years of living provide. The mountain of life looks far different now than it did when I was standing at its base, looking up. There is a relatively new sort of legacy which grandparents are being asked to leave to their children and grandchildren beyond the living wills which sort out the division of their physical and financial assets upon their passing. Children and grandchildren are asking for some sort of written or otherwise recorded documentation of their parents’ and grandparents’ lives beyond the anecdotal conversations of their infrequent interactions with each other. This book is an attempt to provide such a record in my own way to my own grandchildren. If others find it useful, so be it.

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Biographical Sketch Frank Partlow retired from the United States Army in 1990, as a Brigadier General, following a career of 34 years. He has been an independent consultant on Nevada economic development and education reform since July 2009. He was Executive Director of the Nevada Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission created by Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, 2008-2009. The bipartisan commission consisted of fourteen prominent Nevada volunteers and three paid staff members. It made 44 distinct recommendations to the Governor that, if fully implemented, will save or enhance state revenues by $2 billion over five years, while resulting in new efficiencies in service delivery to Nevada citizens. From 2002-2005, he held Presidential appointments as Chief of Staff and later, Special Assistant to the Public Printer of the US. He directed strategic planning during the transformation of the Government Printing Office, a 3500-employee federal agency in Washington, DC and was a principal advisor to the Public Printer on all aspects of the agency’s multi-million dollar business. From 1991-2002, Frank founded and acted as Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Network, an elite group of independent businessmen for whom he conducted research and analyses on all aspects of local government. He was an adjunct Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Nevada. Previously, he served in the US Defense Intelligence Agency as Director of Estimates, responsible for providing the President, Cabinet and defense officials international long-range forecasts. Earlier, he was the Joint Chiefs of Staff Representative to the US negotiating team, which reached the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the former Soviet Union in 1987. Frank holds a BS from the US Military Academy, an MA from Stanford and is a graduate of the National Defense University. He was a Senior Fellow at Harvard, 1982-83. He speaks French and has published numerous journal articles. He is married with two daughters and four grandchildren. He is a Nevada veteran whose military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. His 2010 book, SAGE Nevada—Bipartisan Directions for Nevada’s Future provides his assessment of the SAGE Commission’s work and the way ahead for Nevada. His 2001 book, Observation Point--An Outsider’s Look Inside Northern Nevada, is based on his biweekly newspaper columns, 1991-2002.

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