Book Synopsis

Brief Description Of The Book's Content

Your current level of success (or failure) is the product of the choices you’ve made throughout your life. “Life’s Essential Primer” provides a practical guide designed to help you make the choices that lead most directly to greater success and happiness.

Ideally, school aged children should read, or be taught, the principles and practices detailed in Section 1. It will give them an essential framework within which they can plan and prepare their educational paths efficiently, to become successful, well-mannered, responsible adults, while avoiding the common pitfalls along the way.

Unwittingly taking just such a path from an early age with meager means, the author was able to realize his own dreams. He now offers you the benefit of his experiences with the hope that your life will become filled with success and happiness, as well.

It’s never too late to get your life on track for greater wealth, both monetarily and emotionally.

Sections 2 through 5 provide a series of amusing real-life adventures, illustrating the practical application of Section 1. Finally, Section 6 wraps it all up by showing how early choices affect events later in life.

Success is a choice. Make it yours!





For More Detail, Please See The Table Of Contents Below

CONTENTS

About The Book..... xv
       How To Use This Book..... xv
       Why Did I Write The Book? ..... xv
       Who Should Read This Book?..... xvi
       About Principles, Practices And Philosophy ..... xvi
       About The Real-Life Adventures..... xvi
       About Education Alerts ..... xvii
       About The Title ..... xviii
       About The Cover..... xix

SECTION 1 Principles, Practices & Philosophy

Success Is A Choice! Will It Be Yours?.....3
Optimism ..... 5
Address Depression And Other Mental Health Issues ..... 6
Consider Your Life As A Series Of Short Stories.....6
It’s Okay To Be Smart!.....8
Boost Your Success!.....9
Choose A Lucrative Field Of Study.....10
Remain Focused ..... 10
       Preparation To Read This Section ..... 10
       Avoid Excessive Intoxicants .....11
       Avoid Multiple Changes To Your Major In College ..... 11
       Avoid Addictions.....12
       Avoid Teen Pregnancy.....14
Personal Hygiene.....14
Use Credit Wisely ..... 18
Contain/Restrict Foul Language.....18
       Illegal In Most States ..... 19
Good Presentation.....20
The Twenty-Year Cycle.....25
The Mortal Moment.....26
What Is The Meaning Of Life? ..... 27
About Death .....33
       The Big Lie ..... 36
       The Soul.....36

SECTION 2
Real-Life Adventures – The Elementary School Years

Introduction .....41

Chapter 1 – 1963; Age Five ..... 43
       Imagination ..... 44
       Attempting Flight With Imagination ..... 44
Imagining Flight At The Park.....45
       Fantasy Island Amusement Park And Tinker Toys .....48
       The Missing Penny.....49

Chapter 2 – 1964; Age Six..... 53
       The Amazing Mechanical Picture Books!.....54

Chapter 3 – 1965; Age Seven.....56
       The Mud Pile.....57
       Christmas And Orderly Gift Unwrapping.....59
       Erector Sets ..... 60
       Repurposed Toys .....61

Chapter 4 – 1966; Age Eight.....62
       Eight! ..... 62
       The Bells, The Bells! ..... 63
       Musical Misinterpretation.....64

Chapter 5 – 1967; Age Nine ..... 65
       The Ontario Science Centre.....66
       Huge Parabolic Reflectors ..... 67
       Mechanical Logic Gates.....67
       Persistence ..... 67
       Lasers .....68
       Electromagnetism And Big Sparks .....69

Chapter 6 – 1968; Age Ten.....70
       Johnny Astro.....71
       The Ping-Pong Table ..... 72
       Tvs, Tubes, And Birth Control Glasses ..... 72

SECTION 3
Real-Life Adventures – The Junior High School Years

Chapter 7 – 1969; Age Eleven ..... 83
       Christmas Time And The Automobile Lab Kit.....84
       Electric Match Game.....86
       The Secret Lair.....88

Chapter 8 – 1970; Age Twelve.....90
       The Knight Kit And Burnt Selenium .....91
       Sound, Light, And The Exploding Kit.....92
       The Effects Of Emp (Electromagnetic Pulse) .....96
       Resistance Is Fruitful.....97
       Personalized Bicycle .....98
       Croissant Roll Rings.....99
       ouring Molten Aluminum.....100

Chapter 9 – 1971; Age Thirteen.....102
       Ham Radio.....103
       Learning Morse Code ..... 103
       Persistant Images.....105
       Radio Shack And The Bronze Discount Coin ..... 106
       The Decimal-To-Binary Converter Project.....107

SECTION 4
Real-Life Adventures – The High School Years

Chapter 10 – 1972; Age Fourteen..... 111
       Conducting Glass And High-Energy Plasma.....112
       Yellow Smoke ..... 114
       The Scaler.....114
       The Jacob’s Ladder ..... 115
       Deflecting High-Energy Particles.....116
       Conditioning Our Reflexes ..... 117
Building The Better...Uh, Well... An Ant Trap.....118
       Using Ozone Creatively .....120
       Mortal Moment #1.....121
       The Bully Umbrella.....123

Chapter 11 – 1973; Age Fifteen .....125
       The Magic Of Real Holograms.....125
       Building Bigger Electromagnets.....127
       Flag-Tag And The Flagpole Light ..... 128
       Home-Built Car Alarms .....132
       The First Electronic Calculators ..... 133

Chapter 12 – 1974; Age Sixteen ..... 137
       Accidental Binary Addition.....138
       Driver’s Ed .....139
       The Chrysler 300K.....141
       Seeing In The Dark ..... 143
       Valuable Vocational Education.....146
       Slide Rules.....146
       My General Purpose Test Device ..... 148
       Working At Penney’s Service Center .....149
       Our Video Quest.....150
       Our First Oscilloscope.....152
       Our First Color Tv ..... 153
       Old-Style Radio Show And The Edison Voicewriter ..... 154

Chapter 13 – 1975; Age Seventeen ..... 156
       Shooting Video Of Football Games.....157
       The Slime Creature ..... 158

Chapter 14 – 1976; Age Eighteen..... 160
       Pong! The First Video Game ..... 161
       Gypsy .....162
       Dr. Wilson Greatbatch ..... 164
       The Microcalorimeter Chamber .....166
       A Very Green Engineer.....167
       The Helium-3/Helium-3 Fusion Reactor In The Garage.... 170
       Making “The Film” ..... 172
       Crystal Beach Amusement Park.....174

SECTION 5
Real-Life Adventures – The College Years

Chapter 15 – Still 1976; Still Age 18..... 177
       Starting Our College Education .....177
       Troubleshooting By Proxy ..... 179
       Our Amateur Radio Licenses.....180
       The Chess Game.....180
       The School Lab.....181
       The Spinning Peanut.....183

Chapter 16 – 1977; Age Nineteen..... 184
       Eckel’s Lake.....185
       The Flying Rings.....185
       The Traveling Rings ..... 187
       Crossing Over .....188
       Going Double.....188
       Running The Barrel..... 190
       First Flight ..... 191
       The Programmable Digital Sequencer ..... 195
       Building A Degaussing Coil.....196

Chapter 17 – 1978; Age Twenty ..... 199
       The Dayton Hamfest ..... 200
       My Worst Electrical Shock Ever.....201
       Fetching Women For Parties.....202
       Female Engineering Students.....203
       The F009 Error Code .....205
       The Minicomputer And The First Virus .....208
       The Largest Liquid Crystal Display Ever Made ..... 209
       The Tv Studio..... 210

Chapter 18 – 1979; Age Twenty-One..... 213
       The Lab Competition ..... 214
       The Light Pen ..... 215
       Educated, Graduated, Degreed, Employed, And Satisfied! ..... 215

SECTION 6
Real-Life Adventures – Accomplished Goals And Other Selected Stories After College

Chapter 19 – Gymnastics ..... 219
       Starting Gymnastics At 21.....219
       Back Handsprings And Whip Backs.....221
       The Near Miss...Or Was It A Near Hit? .....222
       Handsprings And Hills ..... 223
       Giant Swings On Highbar ..... 224
       The Old Timer’s Meet ..... 224

Chapter 20 – Photographing Beautiful Models ..... 227
       My First Real Camera.....227
       Southern California Photo Days ..... 231
       Photographing Miss America.....233
       Remote Control.....235
       Painting With Fire ..... 237
       Painting With Light.....239
       The Retirement Party.....240
       The Practice Wedding.....241
       My Favorite Models And Best Friends ..... 242
       Michelle..... 242
       Zombie Deer ..... 243
       The Mock Wedding.....244
       State Signs.....246
       Myrtle Beach.....248
       Vanessa ..... 250
       Bannerman Castle And The Stick Shift..... 251
       Steak ..... 252
       Boldt Castle And The Distressed Dress ..... 254
       Toronto And The Traffic Stop .....255
       Pancakes ..... 258
       My Best Friends ..... 259

Chapter 21 – Esp? .....260
       Experiment #1.....260
       Experiment #2.....260

Chapter 22 – A Month In Hawaii.....262
       Preparation For The Trip.....262
       The Ssp Kaimalino.....264
       Sleep Anytime, Anywhere ..... 265
       The Airborne Ketchup Bottle ..... 267
       Seeing Stars During The Day ..... 267
       The Garden Isle .....268

Chapter 23 – Competitive Figure Skating.....269
       Skating Backwards .....269
       The Skating Club.....270
       Ruptured Discs & My Two Days As A Paraplegic.....271
       Matchmakers ..... 273
       The Stubborn Traffic Light.....274
       The Best Roommate.....275

Chapter 24 – Waves In The Parking Lot ..... 276

Chapter 25 – Ten Days In Kauai ..... 277
       The Kalalau Trail & The Perfect Beach ..... 278
       Tunnels Beach ..... 281
       The Helicopter Tour..... 282

Chapter 26 – Flying Real Helicopters, Solo! .....284
       Neither Easy Nor Cheap ..... 285
       One In Ten-Thousand.....287
       Helicopters Are Safer ..... 287
       The Letter From The Faa..... 290
       Quick-Stops ..... 291
       The Flying Motorcycle.....291
       Z-Axis; Denied.....292
       The Check Ride & Power-Off Landing ..... 292
       Airwolf & Some Physics ..... 294
       Mom’s Amazing Secret Life ..... 295

Chapter 27 – Raising A Family ..... 296

Chapter 28 – The Top Secret Mission.....298
       A Month At The Cia ..... 298
       Christmas At The Pentagon.....299
       Top Secret Delivery.....299

Chapter 29 – Kauai With Family ..... 301
       Kauai With My Kids.....301
       80-Lbs Of Metal ..... 302
       The Scuba Experience.....304

Chapter 30 – The Ultimate Sparks.....305
       An Experiment To Interest My Kids..... 305
       Asymmetry Leads To Return Current Demo..... 306

Chapter 31 – Display Monitor Metrics And Who’s The
                           Expert.....308
Epilogue ..... 311
Education Alert Glossary ..... 313
Resources..... 317
References..... 319


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