An Autobiography, I: A Life, Volume 1

An autobiography, I: A Life Volume 1, begins David Flynn's exploration of his birth through early adulthood. The writer was born in the cotton mill company town of Bemis, Tennessee, just after Word War Two.  He grew up during the 1950s of rockabilly and hot rods.   Being Catholic in a protestant town was hard.  He spent a good deal of his childhood in Jackson, Tennessee, at the boarding house run by his great-aunt and great-uncle, who was a professional gambler.  During high school he experienced the Southern 1960's Civil Rights era. This part of his autobiography includes the college years with Vietnam War demonstrations, hippies and drugs.  After that he worked as a newspaper reporter in Memphis, where he covered a lot of crime.  This first volume ends with an adventure to Central and South America when he encounters Nazis and the Andes.  He and friends camp in a tent down the Pan American Highway.  The complete autobiography eventually will include three volumes.

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An autobiography, I: A Life Volume 1, begins David Flynn’s exploration from the writer’s birth through early adulthood.  He was born in the cotton mill town of Bemis, Tennessee, just after Word War Two.  He grew up during the 1950s of rockabilly and hot rods.  Being Catholic in a protestant town was hard.  He spent a good deal of his childhood in Jackson, Tennessee, at his great-aunt and great-uncle’s boarding house.  His great-uncle was a professional gambler.  During high school Flynn experienced the 1960s Southern Civil Rights era.  He was on the football team, but it lost every game.  One of his interests was amateur radio with which he contacted many countries around the world.   This part of his autobiography covers the college years with Vietnam War demonstrations, hippies and drugs.  After that he worked as a newspaper reporter in Memphis where he wrote a lot about crime.  The volume ends with an adventure to Central and South America where he encounters Nazis and the Andes.  For four months he and friends camp in a tent along the Pan American Highway.  David Flynn’s complete autobiography eventually will include three volumes.

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Adulthood. This photo was taken in Japan where the author was a teacher.