I was born in Holliday, Texas in 1938, the second youngest of eight children. We lived in Texas about a month then moved to Oklahoma. We were an itinerant oilfield family. In 1941 we moved to California, my home ever since. I took up my father's occupation for most of my working life. My wife, Reta, and I were married in 1968. We have two daughters, one son and five grandchildren. I retired in 1995 and began research and writing on cosmology and evolution as they apply to the debate about an intelligently designed universe and one of random chance. I suffered a few rejections for work I had submitted for paper publication and decided not to suffer more, even though I was convinced that my input on those subjects was noteworthy. That is where things were left until I discovered eBook publishing. Smashwords has provided a way for me to get the word out to the untrained in science that they are not helpless before what seems at times to be an onslaught of science against the reasoned faith that whatever life is and whatever its purpose, it, like the universe, did not come from nothing.