Born in the US in 1928, I have lived in ‘interesting times’, those years when momentous dislocations occur in people’s lives: the depression in the ’30s, World War 2 and the Shoah, the Vietnam tragedy and the Berlin Wall. Yet nothing life-challenging has happened to me: I was always lucky enough to be on the right side of the Atlantic. In 1959, I visited my German husband’s family and ended up staying in Europe for 53 years. In 1977, I founded a Dutch private high school, and in 1987 I added a Dutch private college. I'm retired, both schools are flourishing, and I've written seven books in 10 years. A Happy Man is dedicated to my father, whose working-class life inspired it, and to Senator Sanders who, like my dad, "will fight them till they win".