ABOUT THE BOOK MAX FISHER turned eighteen in January of 1943 and became involved with an uncle far different from the two he'd loved and admired as a kid. His new uncle would be cold and indifferent; compassion was not his strong suit. Realistically, he did have a hell of a lot of nephews. It didn't take long to determine that the new guy wouldn't be as much fun as Uncle Lou and Uncle Jack. Max tolerated him, and struggled to conform. He had no other choice. It was a trying three and one half years for someone who couldn't spell the word "conform." Max acceded to his new uncle's demands, maybe not too promptly and cooperatively, with an occasional period for debate. Survival was the name of the game, and Max had every intention of doing just that. The anti-social relative, with dubious social skills, answered to the name of Uncle Sam.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Chuck Freeman was born in, went to school and never left Los Angeles until he was drafted into the U.S Army in February of 1943. A brief stint with the 75th Infantry Division in Missouri convinced him that infantry work could be dangerous. He transferred to the Army Air Corps. That vacation lasted only six months, then back to "grunt" work. The 63rd Infantry Division at Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi, offered an all-expense paid trip to Marseilles, France and the U.S. Seventh Army, along with an un-healthy way of life. After the war, he attended and graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Physical Education and minors in biological science and U. S. History. While attending U.S.C. he played four years of varsity baseball and captained the team his senior year. Chuck's initial teaching job was at Inglewood High School in Southern California. After four years there, he spent the next thirty years teaching at El Camino College in Torrance, California, comprising a marvelous three decades. Two sons, Daniel and David, plus two grandsons, Michael and Joel, evolved during that period. Retiring in 1988, his wife Elsie and their Scottie, Maggie, live in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Two other books, POP FLIES AND BUTTERFLIES and BASIC BASEBALL STRATEGY were published in 2007. CONVERSATIONS WITH STEFFI—Chuck's helpful transcription of memoirs for his thirteen-year-old Labrador retriever—was published in 2011. "Pop," declared Steffi, "I'll dictate, you write."
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