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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (August 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937928918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937928919
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,907,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerry Steiner has enjoyed a life that is varied in location, vocation, and activities. He started in the land of tradition and history, Hampton, Va. and is now on Maui. He was in the Navy during Vietnam. He followed a career in oceanography and EE (signal processing). His focus included sonar measurements from an ice flow, sensors for the Strategic Defense Initiative, and space-based lasers. Throughout his journeys he watched how things work in society, government, and industry. The way we often pretend and let others pretend gave him the inspiration to write. He often heckled during his career by writing songs about his associates and management. He is now writing these thoughts when not biking or swimming.

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Gerry Steiner has enjoyed a life that is varied in location, vocation, and activities. He started in the land of tradition and history, Hampton, Va., the oldest continuous English speaking settlement in the United States. After high school and eighteen years surrounded by history. Gerry was ready to venture away from Virginia. After considering Cornell, he caught a train to California and went to Caltech. He left Caltech after a couple years to work in seismic oil exploration. His Uncle invited Mr. Steiner to visit Asia. Gerry picked the Navy as the best way to get there. This kept him busy for ten years. A year of Navy school as an electronics technician started the process. Fortunate circumstances led him to his wife and "stability?" for the next 40 years. Gerry then finished his BS and an MS in oceanography before sailing for Vietnam, There gunfire support and chasing aircraft carriers kept him in touch with the real world. Receiving fuel and supplies at sea gave him an appreciation for close quarters' steerage. A pleasant break provided a week in Olongapo followed by a week in Hong Kong. His wife, Marilyn joined him.

After the Navy and back in Seattle he continued his work in sonar research at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory. He started work on a PhD in electrical engineering. He made sonar measurements from an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean north of Barrow, Alaska. Two visits by polar bears approaching to 20 ft. added to the excitement Dr. Steiner moved to Ridgecrest, CA where he held a position at China Lake Naval Weapons Center. Several years in automatic target recognition included radar field measurements from Pt. Loma, San Diego. Next he started the Airborne RF Targeting Branch. Gerry also completed his doctorate in electrical engineering.

From China Lake Dr. Steiner ventured off to Denver, Colorado to join Martin Marietta. The initial year in Denver was focused on space based radar plans. A movie and a president changed his focus. The movie was Star Wars, the president was Reagan, the focus became the Strategic Defense Initiative. He spent the next decade on issues related to SDI. After the space based interceptor there was a space based laser concept. His efforts contained analysis, management, design, and testing. A couple years were spent developing a new rocket to provide a re-useable single stage to orbit vehicle. Only physics stood in the way.

Gerry's wife was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. They had great times that were ended. Dr. Steiner moved to Maui five years ago. He has written this book to share his observations on how the world works and how it could work better.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynette355 on September 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I opened my email last month from Nicole of Tribute Books and saw Gotta Call BS on That One, I was tickled as can be. I shot off an email right away begging to be on this book tour.

Now that I have the book what is it about? Well I am finding it is a lil deeper than I expected and not full of BS. Instead wrapped up in humor and logic (oh two qualities that I so admire) is some good old fashion common sense. BS has suggestions on how we can look at issues, problems and daily events with fresh eyes and actually step up and be part of solutions if we so choose. What is refreshing is that Dr. Gerry Steiner does not suggest we go charging out the door on a one man (or woman) crusade but to look at our life, how it is influenced, and decide if the quality we desire is there. If it is not then maybe we would like to change what we allow to effect us.

You can read excerpts of Gotta Call BS on That One by Dr. Gerry Steiner for yourself here. What I do like is the fresh eyes approach to the obvious. What I did not like is the feeling of a rambling conversation. At the same time I think that my own thoughts skip around quite a bit. I presume others can follow my train of thought forgetting that while I am at the train station they all took the plane. In other words sometimes I have to re-read a section several times to get on the same wave length as someone else. Dr. Steiner may very well be on a plane of direct thought while I am still chugging along on a train winding around the hills and valleys.
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By Mike Shipley on August 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
What I like most is the personal tone of this book. It is light-heated and free-spirited, the characters are joyful and not at all heavy with such serious subjects to cover, they manage to critique the power structure without coming off as angry or discouraging. They offer insight for us to look deeper at issues for ourselves without getting preachy about a specific point of view. This is an excellent introduction for somebody who is new to activism or the freedom movement in general. Would make a great gift for that family member or long-distance relative who could benefit from a humorous push in the right direction.
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