Making the best of it
November 17, 2016
When I was 10 I was in 7th grade in San Diego. Schools were overcrowded - at my school, Junior High was mornings, and High School was in afternoons - so I had all my afternoons free. Both my parents worked, and there were no other kids around where I lived. Trying to find a way to spend afternoons, I found the school library, and the first book I tried was Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein. I was captivated for life - Asimov, Bradbury, LeGuin, Clarke, Crichton, and so many others! The one real regret I have (I'm 72 now) is that I never got the chance to go into space myself.
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