While I was growing up, I struggled with many...

While I was growing up, I struggled with many physical problems, among them a speech impediment. Medical authorities repeatedly diagnosed the cause as a nervous disorder for which they could do nothing.

After working in the family business until my late twenties, I left home for a large city to learn a trade. By this time my frustrations with the stuttering problem were compounded by heavy smoking, alcohol use, a bad temper, continuing physical problems, and a lack of funds.

January 19, 1981
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