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Marc Paulsen was born of Danish parentage in Willow River, Minnesota, in 1933. He chuckles when noting the doctor's charge for his birth (in the doctor's home) was five dollars! In 1942, his family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Marc's father worked helping build a new aluminum plant which would furnish material for World War Two airplanes. Marc was adventurous, leaving home on a number of exciting excursions while still in his early teens. Considered independent and somewhat rebellious (which he readily admits), early teenage escapades included hitchhiking through many states, riding steam freight trains with hobos and working at a surprising number of unique and diverse jobs. At age fourteen, he spent a month all alone "feeding cattle" in high ranch country which required driving a team of draft horses. With only one year of formal high school, his father finally "laid down the law" and said, "Either go to work full-time...or go to school!" Marc chose work. Achieving journeyman status as a bricklayer at age twenty-one, Marc became a foreman at twenty-two, was drafted into the U.S. Army at twenty-three and shipped to Germany on a troopship. In the service, he was taught to type, learned Army administration, was assigned work as a mechanic's "helper," ran a carpenter shop, and finished his tour as a Specialist 4th Class project manager with two Sergeants First Class, two thirteen-man squads, a pair of two and a half ton trucks and a Jeep, driver and interpreter...all reporting directly to him. On return, he worked at many occupations which included brickmason, masonry contractor, general contractor, national trade show manager, metal salvager, interior design and furnishings store owner, sawmill project manager and airplane sales...and quite a few others in between. Avocations have included fishing and hunting, auto racing, motorcycle racing (he has a Class-A Main-Event motocross trophy), antiques, rare book collecting, owning antique autos, writing, world traveling and flying. Marc has written five books which include a Caribbean country guidebook, a book of experiences in the Columbia River Gorge and books on flying, the Medjool date plus a compendium of short stories.
Marc's latest book "Magic In The Air," is largely a result of his infatuation with airplane flight which began in 1943 when, as a ten-year-old, he looked up to the skies and gazed in amazement as great formations of Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" soared overhead on their way from manufacture in Seattle to the sunny climes of California and the U.S. Southwest. They were flying to new airfields built expressly for training "advanced" pilots who would ultimately fly them into WWII combat. When Marc's older cousin returned from Army Air Corps duty after the big war, he purchased a flight for Marc in the renowned Piper "J3" Cub. The moment he became old enough (and earned a modest amount of money) he began flight lessons. Although a full 12 years elapsed from his first flight lesson until the day he received his pilot's license, his interest in airplanes never flagged. Marc proceeded to own 10 different airplanes and enjoy an exciting involvement with aviation that lasted over twenty years, all at a time when small used airplanes were surprisingly inexpensive.