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Web Ruble—A former millworker and retired newspaper reporter of some 40 years, book author, and church leader—was serving in U.S. military intelligence in Europe in the 1950s and had opportunity to travel and mix with indigent societies. In doing so he stumbled upon stories similar to these uplifting, unusual yarns.
After returning home to Washington state, memories persisted. They haunted him and he opted for a writing life. Eventually he retired from The Oregonian in Portland , and began pursuing a Christian life, doing volunteer work, and settling into some serious writing about yesteryear. He speaks four languages, although not fluently.
Web lives with his wife Norma and son Mark, dividing his time between Fairview, Ore., and Tucson, Ariz. He was born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Wash., was a millworker, and a 1969 graduate of Washington State University. Besides Mark he has three other grown children.
He and Norma are members of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fairview.