Gary Winstead, the youngest of eleven children, was born in 1948 and grew up in Pontiac, Illinois, an obscure farm town in the middle of the Illinois Farm Belt. At the age of eighteen, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served for four years, rising to the rank of Corporal (E-4), before earning his honourable discharge. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree in physical education, a Master's in educational administration from California State University, Fullerton, and a PhD in Veterinary Science.
Gary is the award-winning director of a short film adapted from his story The Pony No-one Could Ride which appeared in Volume 1 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies, Glodwynís Treasure Chest, and Frogmore International, based on his story of that name in Volume 4, Consuming Tales.He lives in California.
Dear readers, welcome to the very first edition of 420 High. Come with us now to the wonderful home of the Tokers, where no teacher gets angry - and lots of snacks are sold as fundraisers.
This tongue-in-cheek comic book series illustrated by the talented Jack Chua kicks off at the start of a new term at 420 High, where a wonderful laid-back attitude prevails, and horticulture and science take on a whole new meaning ...
The La Habra Citrus Fair Youth Show (Ca) is a 501C3 Non-profit organization benefiting the communitiesí youth who are participating in local 4H and FFA programs. These programs are helping to create hard working, responsible young people to be the leaders and valued community members of tomorrow. The annual fair provides these young people the opportunity to show or exhibit the Livestock, Poultry, Ag Mechanics and Floral Projects that they have spent many hours raising or constructing. Additionally, the event provides a community outreach to educate the public on the importance of Agriculture as well as educational displays on a multitude of topics related to the 4H and FFA programs and Agriculture Education.
TIDES AND TAILS is a collection of donated mixed-genre short pieces having something to do with the sea/beach. We have stories, poetry and pictures. Cover design kindly donated by Jessica Dorlac
Here is a mixed genre selection of tales reflecting life's mirror.
Murder mysteries, ghost and war stories, fantasy and contemporary, this collection of work from Crimson Cloak Publishing's talented stable of authors offers a variety of reads within the pages of one book.
The Luckiest Man in Vietnam: (Marines 0, VC 1), by Gary Winstead
With bonus story A Motherís Grief, a Motherís Hope, by Pam Smith
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So You Want to Be a Marine? An autobiography by GARY WINSTEAD
Living a life of poverty and desperation I took a chance and did what so many of my peers did: joined the Marines just as Vietnam was heating up.
I fully expected to make a career of the Marines but was soon faced with unbelievable sadism, arrogance, incompetence and outright brutality. The Marine Corps I had hoped to love proved to be an organization run in an authoritarian, "Because I said so" manner, not at all like I had envisioned. If you were a suck up you were promoted; should you question the obvious it was either Mess Duty or lack of promotion or worse, Vietnam. Such is my story.
There were characters that came in and out of my life like actors in a Woody Allen movie: W.B. from Pittsburg, "Born to lead, not to be led so don't be mis-led." Disappeared one day and never returned. There was the drug smoking Pitt who, while on guard duty in Vietnam, decided to get high and leave a Chu Lai New Guy high and dry at an outpost.
Thieves, liars, drug addicts and more pulled at my heart strings until I made the ultimate decision.
I endured four years of indifferent and sadistic leadership coupled with the absurdities of an organization that rewards group think and obedience over individuality and integrity.