A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, he attended Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and the University of Stockholm in Sweden, later receiving a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and a MS degree from Peabody Teachers College, Nashville, Tennessee. Since the age of five, when he saw Earth and the other planets from space in all their detail—twelve years before Sputnik—he has been intrigued and fascinated with flights of reality and fantasy. It was said he had what’s known as a childhood out-of-body flight of the soul, as what he described then was identical to what has now only been seen by the Hubble Telescope. Later, his flights of reality were realized during a distinguished career as an air force officer, and his flights of fantasy became reality when he spent several years in “another world” (Russia), where he taught English at two technical institutions. After his marriage to a wonderful Russian woman, he combined their two worlds with his imagination in stories that took them both through time and space to other worlds.