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Beach Smart Paperback – Large Print, October 24, 2011
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About the Author
Joseph C. Wilson I was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1950 and raised in Oakwood; an idyllic community just south of town. I went through lifesaving training in 1966 and spent the next two summers working as a lifeguard at Woodhaven; a private club in nearby Centerville. After graduating from Oakwood High School in 1968 and a brief encounter with Sinclair College, I enlisted in the Navy. I spent the next four years as a parachute rigger assigned to VT-2 at Whiting Field near Pensacola, Florida where I was honorably discharged. I then moved to South Bend, Indiana and I married a girl I had met while in the Navy. Our son Jason was born just before we moved to Missouri; we divorced in 1978. After that, I decided to focus on my career. I was working my way up the ladder for a very successful welding supply distributor in St. Louis when a change in ownership compelled me to move to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was there that I became an AWS certified welding inspector just before sailing my boat to Tampa Bay in 1990. Here a third corporate sale is my excuse for spending the next 4 years changing jobs and living as a “marina rat” before selling my boat and finally moving to Charleston, South Carolina in 1994. Charleston is where I met Betty and my life was about to change forever. She introduced me to an unexploited part of my brain that inspired me to write her poetry; something I had never done before. My parent’s 50th anniversary inspired me to write them a poem and the response it got from people who had known me all my life was extraordinary. I had recently changed careers and started driving commercial trucks. The long hours of driving gave me a lot of time to think and the creative ideas were appearing as fast as the billboards along the highway. After reconnecting with my adult son and his family, I was inspired to write my first book A Mud’s Eye View of Charleston’s History. This was followed by Lois and the Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt; a true story about my Mother and a quilt that she rescued. I believe all things in life happen for a reason and we are here at this point in time for a purpose. We all have talent, but we must keep our eyes and ears open and trust our faith and instincts as they guide us to utilize our talent and discover our potential. “I’ll always be looking and listening.” For more information visit www.viewofhistory.wordpress.com
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