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About Gary R. Winstead
Gary Winstead, the youngest of eleven children, was born in 1948 and grew up in Pontiac, Illinois, an obscure farm town in the middle of the Illinois Corn Belt. At the age of eighteen, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served for four years, rising to the rank of corporal (E-4) before earning his honorable discharge. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in physical education, a master’s in educational administration from California State University, Fullerton, and has a PhD.
He is a roper (header) and member of the USTRC and National Senior Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Currently there are 12 books or short stories available on Amazon and all profits he makes go to charity.
His newest is 420 High School and A Cowboys Tall Tales soon.
The Pony No One Could Ride is his first film.
Pony has won Best Picture Drama at a Russian Film Festival
He also has on the circuit a short film called Welcome To Frogmore.
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Alzheimer’s, it creeps in like a fog at night, blanketing you in a shroud of confusion. It doesn’t ask for permission to take a ride inside your brain. It sneaks in and steals everything from you.
Married to the love of his life for 461/2 years, Gary learns the hard way what the term “Cowboy Up” really means as he and Faye face this last difficult ride together.
I fully expected to make a career of the Marines but was soon faced with unbelievable sadism, arrogance, incompetence and outright brutality. The Marine Corps I had hoped to love proved to be an organization run in an authoritarian, "Because I said so" manner, not at all like I had envisioned. If you were a suck up you were promoted; should you question the obvious it was either Mess Duty or lack of promotion or worse, Vietnam. Such is my story.
There were characters that came in and out of my life like actors in a Woody Allen movie: W.B. from Pittsburg, "Born to lead, not to be led so don't be mis-led." Disappeared one day and never returned. There was the drug smoking Pitt who, while on guard duty in Vietnam, decided to get high and leave a Chu Lai New Guy high and dry at an outpost.
Thieves, liars, drug addicts and more pulled at my heart strings until I made the ultimate decision.
I endured four years of indifferent and sadistic leadership coupled with the absurdities of an organization that rewards group think and obedience over individuality and integrity.
An Autobiography by Gary R. Winstead
Roger Bone, Janice Clark, Ray Daley, Madeline Dow, T W Embry, Jane Finch, Don Ford, Elizabeth Grace, Rod Martinez, Rodney Page, Esma Race, Doug Rains, P J Roscoe, Wesley Tallant, Chrystal Vaughan, and Gary Winstead.
Cover Art by Aysha Samrin
The Eternal City illustrated by Veronica Castle
Pictures for Field of Poppies and Warrior Spirit provided by the authors