On January 23, 1935, I,Richard Dannells, Jr., was born to Alberta and Richard Dannells, Sr. in Chicago, Illinois. Since this book is my father's autobiography, he is the true author and I am only the editor. In his book, my Dad included many aspects of my life and I've added a number of additional "Editor's notes" on aspects that were intertwined with his.
From 1977 to 1991, I lived in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and was employed as a Division Patent Council for Air Products and Chemicals Corporation. This position provided me with an opportunity to make frequent trips to Europe and Japan.
In 1991, I took an early corporate retirement and moved to my present home in Pismo Beach, California. I then began my practice as Of Counsel to a San Francisco patent boutique. I continued practicing patent law for patent law firms for about 25 years, basically out of my home with regular trips to the Bay Area.
Travel has been one of my favorite activities in my life. Skiing was another one of my most pleasurable activities, which I had to give up after 50 years because my knees gave out. Now I just snowshoe in this high Sierra Nevada's in the winter and golf in the summer. For a period of 10 years, I scuba dived off the coast of California. My last dive was to the Great Barrier Reef.
Finally, as a person with a coronary disease, I make it a practice to get the fitness center for about one-hour sessions four days a week based on the advice of my physical therapist after open-heart surgery in 2010.
For more than half my life, I have attended the Unitarian Universalist Church and have volunteered for everything from usher to president.