In the Black: 1965 - Part 1
The Sixties -- The decade you love to hate or hate to love. Hippies & War; Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll; Yada-yada-yada. But during those years, American ingenuity and industry not only fought a war, but also put a man on the moon. In the Black follows the odyssey of a father and son as they each pursue happiness on opposite sides of the Generation Gap. (Released in 6 installments). More
The Sixties -- The decade you love to hate or hate to love. Hippies & War; Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll; Free love and a man on the moon. Yada-yada-yada.
This novel has been fermenting for way too many years and strangely enough the times seem ripe for a story about that most infamous decade. After all, the radicals are the establishment now -- just check the White House Visitor Log. For me the decade was a flesh wound. I made it out relatively in tact having spent most of my time with a Gibson SG Special and a series of tube amps of ever increasing size and wattage. History pretty much kept in my peripheral vision as I was focused on Clapton, Beck, Hendrix, et al.
Later in life, I became a splotch of grease (not even a cog, a nut or a screw) in the Military-Industrial Complex as I haunted the Special Project Offices at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Army's Aviation Command in St. Louis, not to mention the Engineering Departments at Boeing, Beech Aircraft and McDonnell-Douglas on behalf of Litton Industries, then the fifth largest defense contractor in America, which no longer exists today having been swallowed up by Northrup-Grumman in 2001. I survived those experiences, too -- though not without some (hopefully) cosmetic scarring of the soul.
That being said, In the Black is a work of fiction that attempts to compete with reality for entertainment value. Just remember what Tom Clancy had to say on the subject: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
In the great tradition of Dickens, James, Melville, Wolfe & episodic TV, In the Black is being serialized and released in six installments. Dickens liked hearing what readers thought about his characters and what they thought was going to happen while he was weaving his tale. Sometimes it changed what he wrote. If you are so moved, let me know what you think on Facebook. I can't promise any re-writes. This thing has a life of its own.
In 1965 Part 1, as Erp Industries Inc. gets more and more involved with supplying the Vietnam War machine through military contracts and assisting in NASA's quest to put a man on the moon, young Y.T., Erp, Jr. flees his Midwest hometown by enrolling in the University of California at Berkeley to quell a minor high school scandal and to escape being groomed to follow in his father's footsteps -- not to mention simply getting away from all of the phlegm brains "working" at his father's company.
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