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This book covers the author’s childhood through his time as a 2nd Lt. in the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers (1937 - 1960). The book complements his previous book Rose Poly and Me that details his college years at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The author discusses growing up in Whiting Indiana, a Chicago suburb on the shore of Lake Michigan, his heritage through the Herakovich and Buckley families from Europe, his immediate family and their vacations, his forty aunts and uncles, Sacred Heart grade school and Whiting High school, his athletic achievements, and his life as a teenager in the 1950s. As a high school senior, he was a multidimensional player on the 1954 Indiana State Championship Football Team. He was a quarterback and halfback on offense, a defensive safety, and returner of kickoffs and punts. He was designated as one of fourteen Ironmen who were the only players with significant playing time during the successful season. He also started on the basketball and baseball teams and was designated as the Whiting High Athlete of the Year for 1954-55. He talks about his coaches, high school teachers, honors, publicity and summer vacations with friends. He discusses his jobs in steel mills and oil refineries, during summers and Christmas breaks from college. An appendix includes a wealth of information on the extended Herakovich and Buckley families.

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