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MY VIEW ON LIFE AS WE TRY TO UNDERSTAND IT August 11th 1998I am now 62 years old and I have plodded through the years at first enduring the terror of World War Two as a child surviving the Blitzof London escaping death by minutes Then in peacetime if you can call it that but in my world it was through the schooling years at which I reached the pinnacle of personal achievement The last year of my Secondary Modern School I was top of my class It was not that I was so smart it was that the rest of the class was so dumb But it sounded good my parents weredelighted and when they entered my name for an apprenticeship at a local aircraft plant in Luton I was accepted assured with the bribe of a puppy dog to the apprentice program supervisor from my parentsThis apprenticeship program was to be the very foundation for the rest of my life I worked at the aircraft plant four days a week for a very small salaryeven for those days my first weeks pay was 300 yes three dollars 6 years later it was 3200 then for one day a week I went to a local collage from 8am till 8pmSo six years later after failing one year amidst threats of all but death I barely graduated with a degree in electrical engineering During these six years in my limited spare time I enrolled in the Royal Air Forces Air Training Cadet program Here I learned the principals of flight and the joys of flying During my last year of work in the apprenticeship program I was attracted to the chief test pilots secretary who worked in the office next to the hanger that I worked in Amazingly she was attracted to me and even more amazing her parents were also It was
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