This past weekend was the Veteran’s Book Fair on board the USS Midway. Attending the event as a featured author was incredibly special for me. My step-father was a plank-owner, serving in the Marine Corps, on the commissioning voyage of the Midway. He was always proud of his service and treasured the memory of that historic event. He donated to the restoration of the Midway for many years and passed away about six months before she came to San Diego. I flew from New York to escort my mom on the special cruise that brought the Midway into port in January of 2004. As a man of letters and newspapering, he was instrumental in my learning the proper use of the English language and now to have the opportunity to have my first book on display and donated to veterans and their families is beyond a dream come true.