William Gibson White
Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, William Gibson White said his first thought was: “Either I don’t have a sense of humor, or I don’t belong here.” So stupidity reigned over intelligence, and he stayed and found his sense of humor as a philosopher.
Better paying jobs have included: Cotton picker, hay baler, newspaper carrier, U.S. Marine Corps sergeant with one year in combat during the Korean War, short order cook, hypnotist, journeyman printer, writer, businessman, and college instructor.
After his Marine Corps career, White completed a Linotype typesetting course at the Southwest School of Printing to supplement the vocational printing trade he took in high school. Then he worked in print shops and newspapers while attending college on the GI Bill.
He graduated from Henderson State University with a degree in psychology and English. Later, he became a journeyman printer and did graduate work in English at The American University in Washington, D.C., while setting type for The Washington Post where he worked for 22 years.
White has always been interested in writing. His articles have been published in several newspapers including The Washington Post, Detroit News, Rhode Islander and the Arkansas Gazette. He self-published “Born Again! As a United States Marine!” in 2002, "Cupcake, Kids and Me" in 2003 and "Rings of Death" in 2008.
Currently, he writes a column for The Standard, a weekly newspaper and a monthly humor column for his hometown newspaper, the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. Most of his poetry deals with war, religion, enlightenment and “the meaning of life” and has appeared in several publications.
White thinks the answer to human behavior lies in this explanation by Mark Twain: "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
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Born Again! As a United States Marine! A Korean War Novel
by William Gibson White
Victor's wars began early. The first was with religion—not yet resolved. Too young for WW II, he always wondered what combat would be like. Yet after taking vocational printing in high school, he was working as a printer's apprentice when the Korean War started. Now was his chance to learn about war and what he was about. So he joined the Marines and began a great adventure to learn about himself.
Rings of Death
by William Gibson White
In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan gave all black residents of Philadelphia County an ultimatum: Leave or die. Charlie's grandfather, a sawmill worker and part-time preacher, lived on a small farm his family owned. Since he had always been on good terms with the white farmer next door, he refused to leave. This lead to Southern injustice, revenge and cold-blooded retribution by a black U.S. Marine.
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