In the Grand Manner – Introduction to Chapter One:
The general thesis of this book involves taking a walk along the paths I have followed in this life and getting to meet a number of the people I have encountered along the way. We shall learn a bit about their accomplishments – ones that include what they are best known for, as well as some things above, beyond, and often afield of their main claim to fame. We shall visit some of the places I have lived, and dwell a bit on some of the extraordinary experiences I have had.
These people and these experiences all have made a variety of contributions to the world as it is today and perhaps how it will unfold on the morrow. There is the theory that even the flutter of a butterfly’s wing affects the rest of the planet. I believe you will agree that the flutters created by these people you will meet (or perhaps already “know,” in so many different ways have made their contributions count – some positive and some negative if you’d like to play the judging game.
There have been many ripples in the pool of my life: ripples caused by the pebbles cast by the people I have known and by the pebbles I have dropped into that mysterious pool myself. This book unfolds as a series of stories about the interesting people, special places, and important life events that constitute more than 79 years of my robust life. There is a certain element of “Forrest Gump” in the narratives -- I was involved with many of the cultural, social, and political events and people of our time. Forrest apparently agrees as he says in the Preface.
The ripples involve: