The author grew up in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin and never lost his love for the land.
As true of many small farms during the depression years of the 1930s, the author’s family was not well to do. However, the author received a good education and became a professor and chair of the geography/geology department at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His master’s degree was earned at the University of Colorado-Boulder and post masters studies were done at the University of Oklahoma-Norman.
The author retired in 1994 and now lives with his wife, Belva, in Lancaster, Wisconsin. They are the parents of three children: Seth, Philip and Ann.