Peter Hitt has worked on this book and other stories of his youth for a number of years. After graduating from military school, he earned a degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and was commissioned as a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer during the Vietnam War. He and his newlywed wife spent a year in upcountry Thailand. After active duty, he worked as an aerosystems engineer in Ft. Worth, Texas while attending Texas Christian University at night. After obtaining an MBA degree, he spent several years building and managing cable television systems in Maine and Florida. Three grown married children have successful careers and have so far produced three healthy grandchildren.
Peter currently lives in the Jacksonville, FL area with the same wife of 48 years who operate a Mom and Pop home inspection business.
If you enjoyed the classic novel, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, you should also like THE HUN'S PLUMBERS. These are mostly true stories from the heyday of military schools when parents of means thought they were doing everyone a favor by sending their adolescent sons to be raised by a military institution during those difficult teenage years. The perspective is from one of those cadets.
PALACE IN THE FIELDS Growing up on a Farm is the firsthand recollections of the youngest member of a family of six, in an organized anecdotal style, who moved from suburbia to a tobacco farm in southern Maryland during a ten-year period in the 1940's and 1950's. The farmhouse turned out to be "Dent's Palace", a former colonial plantation manor that the parents restored to an elegant showplace.
I was drawn to this book by the similarity between the author's experiences and my own life. My memoir, PALACE IN THE FIELDS chronicles my farm experiences and THE HUN'S PLUMBERS detailing my military school experiences, are both available as e-books on Smashwords.com or in print at CreateSpace.com. My emphasis was more on the freedom, fun, hard work, and adventure of farm life and bucking the totalitarian control of military school. Gary did a masterful job of outlining the Holstein farm community experience in the 1940's and 1950's, the same time period for my epics.