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Audacious Escapades In The Fabulous Columbia River Gorge Paperback – December 30, 2007

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Marc Paulsen's adult background ranges from brickmason, masonry contractor and general construction contractor, advertising, interior design, event coordinating, equipment engineering and fine art sales to airplane sales and project manager for large sawmill installations. He has served on management assignments including trade show exhibitions of national scope, high-rise office construction projects, electronics installations and museum consultant. From early experiences as a thirteen-year-old hitchhiker on the historic old Columbia River Highway to hopping freight trains and sleeping in hobo jungles, Marc Paulsen's life has been one long series of unique adventures. His pursuits have included hot-rodding, auto and motorcycle racing, parachuting, biplane aerobatics and collecting and dealing in antique autos and rare books. He has traveled many countries and while serving with the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe, wrote numerous articles on tourism. So that the reader doesn't conclude his life works were all smashing successes, it is worth knowing that, of the aproximately eighty-seven paid endeavors in which Marc has engaged since age 9, he openly admits that many did not move far beyond pass go. However, educational and broadening, they were! Marc has had a lifelong infatuation with the marvelous Gorge of the Columbia River, partly from many unique experiences on and near the old highway and also from his belief that the Columbia Gorge ranks among the world's natural wonders. After countless trips through the Gorge covering 6 decades, he is still awestruck each repeat trip. May you enjoy Marc's tales of youthful exuberance and humorous escapades...and allow a bit of charity in your judgments.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Marc Paulsen Press; First edition (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977473716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977473717
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,350,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This is a great little book about life in the Columbia River Gorge during the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's. The author tells of some funny stories of stuff that happened to him as a child, teenager and adult as he hitchhiked, hopped freight trains, drove and flew through the Columbia River Gorge at different times throughout his life. I thought it was a well-written, funny snapshot of life in a small town in such an amazing part of the country. Although the photos aren't fabulous by today's standards, I plan to show people this book to help them get a feel for what the gorge is like. I bought it at the Vista Point gift shop at the start of a week hiking the Multnomah Falls area of the Columbia River Gorge. I started reading it in the airport while waiting for my flight home and continued reading it on the plane ride. I couldn't put it down. I definately recommend this book. I can't wait to go back so I can explore some of the places mentioned in this book.
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