Next I have the earliest known sample of my writing. From this you can tell that my future as a novelist is very promising. It is my first published piece.
Here is the cover of the book. Actually it is an anthology of stories written by all the students in Miss Crater's Country School, located at 3526 Meadowside Road, Baltimore, Maryland. (The telephone number was Gwynn 532. Yes, that's all of it!)
I was all of 5 years old in June of 1951 when this book was published. My contribution is found on page 9. I'm sure it was typed by my teacher.
In case you can't make that out, here is the text:
One time we went for our vacation up in Maine. We went in our car half the way, and in a big boat the rest of the way. We took the car on the boat.
We went fishing in the ocean. We went fishing from the pier, and some days we went fishing in a boat.
Betty came up with us and she went fishing, too. We caught Pollock, and I caught more than she did.
Finally for today, I have a picture of a happy couple taken by the U.S. Navy on the occasion of him graduating from flight school (getting his wings).
Ain't they cute??