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- Created on Sunday, 12 May 2013 20:25
The last bit of autobiography in “Timpanogos concerns” Part 3 and Chantal Chastenet. I spent six months in the mountains about 25 miles from Taos New Mexico. There were six teenage girls in the branch and no boys. The mothers of the girls seemed to feel that the only future for their daughters would be to catch a missionary. They were always on the lookout to create some situation that would get the missionaries in “trouble” with their daughters as a ticket out of there. The situation with the two sisters and the body lotion is presented almost as it happened, except there was no beach nearby to add to the temptation.
- Created on Saturday, 04 May 2013 20:23
Many of the things that happened to Randal and Allyson came from things that happened with me and Donna the summer of 1963. I met Donna as described in Timpanogos, including the bet and the first date, except for the napkin. The MIA party at Saratoga was the same, including the games we played in the water. The argument about Allyson’s swimsuit did not happen—Donna got along very well with the girls in the ward. We did take the trip through Heber, down the Provo River, including a ride up Bridal Veil Falls. However, we did no fishing or swimming in the river. The horse ride happened almost exactly as recounted, except that it happened in 1964 at Breckenridge Park in San Antonio. I was on a missionary outing when one of the lady missionaries lost control of her horse. I ran her down, but after I got her off, we walked to the parking lot, not the stables. Donna and I never went to Timpanogos cave, nor did we hike up Timpanogos Mountain.
- Created on Sunday, 24 March 2013 20:19
The fight with Gordon, as told in Timpanogos, went pretty much as I remembered it, including the rivets. However, the Gordon in real life did not belong to a gang, and the talk with Dimmick never happened.
I did visit the Cathedral of the Madeleine, but it was with a Sunday school class not with a friend.
- Created on Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:18
Many years ago, my daughter asked me to write stories about my youth. I have always been reluctant to do autobiography because it tends to be self-serving. I have read some autobiographies, and, to me, they prove my point. Instead, I began writing fictional stories based upon things that happened to me – that way I could put myself in whatever light I wanted, but always with tongue-in-cheek accuracy. I called the kid in my stories “Iky” because that was my dad’s nickname for me. The first chapters of Timpanogos have shadows of Iky in them, though the character’s name is Randy.
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