"One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors." - Plato
On June 6, I filed for re-election to the New Hampshire House. I believe that I have served my constituents honorably and well and I wish to continue to do so. The latest redistricting required by the 2010 census has changed our local districts. Instead of representing Newbury and Sutton, I will be running for re-election in New London and Newbury where two representatives will be elected.
Since there are probably many who have moved into the area since I last represented New London in the 2000-2002 biennium, I think it appropriate to run through a bit of biography: I was born in Evanston, IL in 1938 so I'll be 74 in October. During WWII we moved to California because my father was from Germany and he could not find work in Chicago. We settled in San Bernardino and I went though my schooling there. We lived from 1944 to 1950 in a slum clearance housing project where my father was a gardener.
I worked my way through college and part time schooling held me back. It took me four years to graduate from junior college. When I went to L.A. for my final two years, I carried a full college load while working full time.
Since I had grown up as a severe stutterer, I majored in psychology in order to understand my speaking affliction and learn how to overcome it. I wanted to be a Navy pilot and I knew that I could not if I could not conquer my stuttering. I did conquer it. Most people I know do not realize that I am still a mild stutterer because I have learned how to mask it and work through it.
I am proud of two achievements in my youth - I played in the 1951 Little League World Series. I was the left-handed pitcher for the west coast champion San Bernardino team. That same team went to the P.O.N.Y. League World Series in 1952 and 1953. I joined the Civil Air Patrol in my freshman year of high school and was eventually elevated to be the State Cadet Commander during my first year of college.
After college, I followed my brother in becoming a Navy pilot. Immediately after getting my wings, I married the love of my life, Loa, a beautiful college coed I had met in Pensacola. We have two sons, Mark and Eric who are both Kearsarge graduates, and we have been married for 48 years.
From the Navy I went to American Airlines for 31 years. Prior to retirement in 1998, I flew as an international captain on B-767s, having been a captain on B-727s, MD-80s, and DC-10s. I was senior enough to "follow the sun", flying to Europe in the summer and Rio and Buenos Aires in the winter.
I describe my political philosophy as fiscally conservative and socially moderate - which is where I believe most of the people in this district live.
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