About the Author
The author was born on July 20, 1935, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended public schools and the University of Utah. He was a missionary for two years for the LDS church in Great Britain and later served in the army. He played the cello in the Utah Symphony Orchestra where he met Florence Black whom he married. They have four children, one of whom died soon after birth. He received J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah and practiced law for about two years. Following that he began his teaching career in history at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he became a full professor. He continued teaching in Rexburg, Idaho, at Ricks College, later to become BYU-Idaho, where he taught cello, philosophy, and religion. There he was also associate director and director of the Honors Program. He currently lives in Rexburg, Idaho.