4 Oct 2011
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The Cold War, U.S.S.R., Nikita Khrushchev, The Bomb, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Defcon 2—words that will still send a shiver up your spine if you were one of the Baby Boomers, that slug of kids conceived by the millions of soldiers who had returned home from fighting in World War II. Casey Gauntt was a Boomer and here is his flashback tale of being an eleven year old living in sleepy Itasca, Illinois, in 1961 and coming within a hare’s breath of an all-out—game over—nuclear war. Even if you had a fallout shelter back then, it wouldn’t have spared you from the fear the Boomers still carry with them, just beneath the surface, that with one push of a button we’re all gone. And folks wonder why so many of that generation dropped out and dropped acid.
2 Oct 2011
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How does a boy from Willits, CA, with a 7th grade education, thrown out of his house at 14 by a man he was embarrassed to call his “father,” become one of this nation’s most successful deep foundation contractors and in the 1950s and 1960s help build much of Chicago’s impressive skyline? This is Casey’s story of his grandfather, Vernon Drury Case (1897-1977), a descendant of Scots and one tough, driven brawler. Vern Case was bigger than life and generous to a fault. Raised broke, he had no fear of losing it all—which he did many times. His style wasn’t for everybody, including Casey’s dad who worked for him a couple of years too long. Casey takes us through the scratch and claw— make your life better than the one before you—history of the Case family, and gives us an insider’s look into the remarkable life of his grandfather— a man who was admired, feared and also loved very much, especially by his grandson.