I was born on July 29th 1941 on a farm in Lancaster County PA. After school I worked construction jobs and developed an interest in welding. I became a certified welder and after two years was promoted to Construction Supervisor, building grain storage tanks. Later I joined the Boilermakers Local 66 in Kansas City. During this time I traveled around the Midwest and worked on oil refineries, oil tanks and power plants. I also did many things to educate myself in the construction industry.
I developed an interest in flying and earned my pilot license in 1963. I decided I wanted to become an airline pilot, but found out that I had a color deficiency, which would limit my future as a pilot.