I was adopted by JW relatives when I was seven years old. Came from a very patriotic family during WW2. Like a lot kids I found it very difficult to give up the flag salute and the holidays.
Met my ‘new’ grandmother in Auburn WA when the JW side of the family was seeing her off to Bethel, she was accepted to play the organ for WBBR. (You can see her briefly in the video “The New World Society in Action.”) Next time I saw her was at the Cleveland International Convention in 1946. She introduced me to brothers Knorr, Franz, and Covington, of course I didn't understand who these people were, but it is a fond memory.
After several years I started making the Truth my own which allowed me to be baptized at 14. I was appointed as a Bookstudy Conductor at 16 and entered Pioneer Service at 17. In the long run I am very grateful to Jehovah that I was adopted by JWs.
My Hobbies & Interests
I was a carpenter by trade but after a few years I advanced to Construction Superintendent, a position I kept until the building slump that followed the Word Trade Center disaster. After that I helped my Wife with her janitorial work and I enjoyed running a small engineering business.
I have worked on a number of RBC projects including being “Superintendent fo the day” once week on the Puyallup Assembly Hall remodel. On weekends I was taking the lead in the Issaquah WA KH project. Also enjoyed a two week gig at Patterson NY, had my Wife been there I would have been glad to stay there permanently, unfortunately we had family obligations and it wasn’t to be.
Out side of the Truth and construction my interests involve airplanes, boats and computing. I have private pilot license. We owned our own airplanes and we flew as a family over most of the western states. In later years health issues hindered flying and we switched to sailing and had many sailing adventures on Puget Sound. I have a minor knowledge of computer drafting, project scheduling and at one time had three different pages on the internet.
Age and health issues forced my retirement in 2007. We elected to move to the Oregon coast where we enjoy a great view of the ocean and the association of a very warm congregation.
My favorite books
THE BIBLE, after that who knows, I read one to two books a week. I prefer biographies, historical novels, good adventure stories.
How about John LeCar? Can't beat The Spy That Came In From The Cold for exposing the dilemma that spy craft brings. Have you read Len Deighton? Wow the Ipcress Files or Bomber which took up both sides of the bombing raids in Germany. There are so many, from the Diary of Anne Frank to Hucklebery Finn.
I enjoy books. I DON'T MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS! TOO DANGEROUS. I liked The Lord of The rings, upon hearing this a mature brother said "The Society cites fantasy, however it is probably not a good idea to tell very many that you read Lord of the Rings." ... I hope I didn't tell anyone I read Tobacco Road.