The author was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, on July 20, 1948. It is a small town in the south east corner of the state. He joined the United States Air Force in the middle of the Vietnam
War era in August 1966. He served four years in the military, acquiring the G.I. Bill for his college education. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he earned his Bachelor in Business Administration degree and continued on in graduate school. He obtained his Master in Business Administration in May 1975 and received his Certificate in
Public Accounting in June 1976.
The author is the former General Manager for the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City,
Kansas, and a former Board Member for the American Public Power Association. He has served on the Board of Western Fuels Association and is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In his last eight years in public service, he lived in the United
States Territory of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Water and Power Authority and as a special financial consultant to the Government of the Virgin Islands. The author began his new career in writing after the death of his wife
Deanna in 2004 and now lives in Kansas City, Kansas.
Mr. Drake is the father of three children. His elder daughter Terry Christine Drake lives in Kirkland, Washington, with her two sons Sean and Jacob, his younger daughter Dresden
Marie Drake Goldberg lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband Stephen Arnold Goldberg and their twin girls Hannah and Harper, and the author’s son Brandon Lee Drake lives in
Tampa, Florida, just after serving eight years in the United States Navy stationed in Japan.
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