Lad Moore never knew what tomorrow would bring. Whether he'd spend the night aboard a steamer ploughing the waves to an exotic shore or curled on the back seat of a rusting automobile with a deadbeat circus roustabout. Whether his next new friend would be a daredevil flying ace or a penniless hobo.
This collection of true short stories tells of a coming of age among cottonmouths and candies – the snakebite and the sweetness of a wide world of wild surprises from the backwoods of Texas to the jungles of the Far East.
Blown through his early years like a tumbleweed by the 'Tailwind' his glamorous absentee father used as his aviation call sign, and fearing his harsh Oriental stepmother, he lived in envy of kids in the humdrum mainstream of solid family structure.
Only when he looked back over half a century of life, did Lad realize that it was the very uncertainty of those bitter-sweet years that had made him the unique man he became … and that it was time to write down the whole breathless adventure.
These experiences – fabulous in the truest sense of the word – fuelled the unquenchable curiosity and strength of will that formed the core of a man who was to become successful in business and a master in the art of story-telling.
How can good come from evil? How can adversity reap character? As these stories tell: It's all about lessons learned by doing and the influence of wisdom where it is least expected. It's all about listening and seeing – with the senses honed to a razor's edge.
It's all about harnessing the tailwind.
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