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from Sharecropper's Son to Tracking Missiles

Jerry Blackerby

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ISBN 10: 1481226622 / ISBN 13: 9781481226622
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
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Title: from Sharecropper's Son to Tracking Missiles

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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Although born on a farm as a sharecropper's son, I became fascinated with radios and electronics before television existed. I dreamed of the possibilities of space travel because of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Because of moving, I attended many different schools including three in the first grade and three my senior year.

I met and married my wonderful wife within about three months after being in the Navy during the Korean War. I was one of the early people working downrange in the Bahamas Islands when we first began launching satellites from Cape Canaveral. For two-years my family roughed it in a 3-room shack on Grand Bahama Island because the company did not support families.

My wife had a major heart attack in 1989 that damaged her heart. The doctors said she would probably only live another 5-10 years. She lived almost 22 years after the heart attack, but it was a downhill trek. I became her caregiver, 24/7, as her health declined.

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I was born a sharecropper's son during the Great Depression. After Dad had a heart attack, we left the farm and moved frequently as he tried to find jobs to support the family. One of my English teachers told me I should be a writer, but I wanted to be an electronics engineer. I became a technical writer and made a living writing technical manuals the rest of my life. As I told my children and grandchildren stories about places we had been and variety of things we had done, they kept telling me to 'write it down.' I did and created a website where they could read the stories about our lives. They kept hounding me to put them into a book, so I finally rewrote and reorganized some of the stories into a book.

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