David E. Hibberd
David E. Hibberd
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Distilling a lifetime into a few hundred words presents many challenges. Do I go chronological, do I choose the Dragnet approach (just the facts, Ma’am), or do I give the Reader’s Digest version of who I am? Perhaps a little of each.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah and having Brigham Young as a great-great-grand uncle answers the usual question that comes up when telling people I’m from Utah. I survived childhood and my teenage years in spite of a brush with death and failing eleventh grade English. I also made it through dating and gained a beautiful wife who blessed me with three children.
My mother, an elementary school teacher, taught me the pleasures that come from reading. Dick and Jane started me out on the road to reading and then Dr. Seuss joined in. L. Frank Baum, Victor Appleton, Carolyn Keene, Franklin W. Dixon, Ian Fleming, and A.E. Van Vogt were all favorites of mine growing up. Patrick McManus, Dave Barry, Clive Cussler, Steve Berry, and Vince Flynn have since joined those and many other authors over the years whose works grace my overflowing bookshelves. Part of those shelves is reserved for my ever growing collection of books autographed by the authors.
Because of failing English I took a night class my senior year so I could make up the lost credits. That class was a Creative Writing class and no, I didn’t get the writing bug at that time. My first serious attempts at writing came some 20 years later, but it took another ten years before I started pursuing writing in earnest. How I ever got in earnest I’ll never know.
Prior to my mother passing away I started working on my family history. When she died, I received 750 family history pedigree charts that my maternal grandmother compiled during her many years of visiting her home in South Holland.
Given my interest in family history, my desire to write, and an enjoyment of humor, much of my writings are humorous looks at how I survived all the pleasantries and unpleasantries that life has thrown at me. Sprinkle in a little science fiction, some children’s stories, a shot of poetry, and an occasional letter to the editor and you get a writer that looks a lot like me. All that’s needed to complete the picture is some bylaws and operational procedures.