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NAME: Olin Thompson
ADDRESS: Somewhere in San Diego.
HOMETOWN: Dallas, Texas
(Preferred communication contact)
USMC ’53-59 E-5 Staff Sgt;
Bank of America after grad from San Diego State University ’64
BA degree English, minor History.
Self-employed owner of hardware store in Lemon Grove, CA for 17 years.
Taught creative writing for 10 years in the community college district.
Part time work variously since that time.
FAMILY: (kids, grandkids, spouse, etc.) Wife Dortha M. Thompson, children: Sandra Blair, Debra Miranda. We lost our son to illness recently.
GRANDCHILDREN: Nicole Scaptura, Susan Bowen, Rebecca Blair, Roy Jones.
PERSONAL NEWS: written 17 books, 14 published and 3 in the process. can be found at http://www.bookwarren.com under my name. Or at this web siteat http://www.olin-thompson.com.
SCHOOL MEMORIES: At Texas A&M I had way too much fun and was told to try again after a year at a junior college. Got tired of waiting and joined the Marine Corps. Enjoyed the time at A&M, but was unable to focus, for a JUST turned 18 year old.
Walked punishment too many weekends. Wore a rut in the ground. Got late-dated at the Military Ball and threw cereal, wet, all over that Sr’s room and got paddled for it – BIG freakin' paddle too. Dated a History professor’s daughter and because of that earned the handle “I want to go non-reg Thompson” for it.
EXCITING OR SIGNIFICANT LIFE EVENTS OR MESSAGE:
Learned how to kill and it wasn’t fun, but taught me a life lesson.
SOME MORE INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION:
THE LAST GOOD TRIP I TOOK: To England for a vacation of 19 days with wife and grandson.
THE LAST GOOD MOVIE I SAW: on tv Bourne Identity
THE LAST GOOD BOOK I READ: My own Wake Island.
MY FAVORITE MEAL IS: Phil’s bbq in San Diego
MY FAVORITE ENTERTAINER IS: Matt Damon
MY FAVORITE ENTERTAINMENT IS: Smooching with my wife since '64!
YOU WOULD NEVER FIND ME: drunk
ONE DAY I WOULD LIKE TO SWITCH PLACES WITH: not one single person!
I am right where I want to be.
I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IT WOULD BE: Back to England or to Korea for the
anniversary of their struggle with the North and China
SOMETHING THAT REALLY AGITATES ME IS: arrogance of power
AS A CHILD I WANTED TO SOMEDAY BE: AN AGGIE!!!
MOST OF MY FREE TIME IS SPENT: reading and writing
A FEW PEOPLE I KNOW AND ADMIRE:
• David DePaolo;
• Jim Loeffel;
• David Sevearance, Col. USMC Retired, the Commanding Officer of the company of Marines
who raised the flag on Iwo Jima;
• Major General Ray Murray, USMC, deceased, a fine fellow with whom I'd had several conversations.
He was a hero of heroes among Marines, especially of those who served with him in Korea.
• I miss terribly, my old friend and college classmate Ben Tomerson who died tragically way too early.
The most important message that I would like to pass on to generations to come: Please be patient. This world has been here for 6,000,000,000+ years and you will have maybe 70 of your own. Please be patient and reserve some of the Earth for the generations to come