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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