In his freshman year of high school, after family life became a little less
chaotic, through Ian Fleming (James Bond-007) he found intrigue,
unimaginable objects, and weapons. Through Terry Brooks (Sword of Shannara)
he found a different style of high fantasy. Through Harry James (Big band
leader and trumpet player) he found a love for music and the trumpet. And
through Bobby Fischer he discovered the world of Chess. His favorite
subjects in high school were creative writing (first and only work published
in Scholastic Weekly called “Sicilians Defense”), History, Band and Science.
Graduated in his junior year at age 17, joined the U.S. Navy, Intelligence.
Married at age 20, marriage didn’t last long but produced two sons Dan and
Worked at Briggs & Stratton
factory from age 20 to 26. Some of you may even own lawnmowers with a Briggs
engine powering it. If it failed don’t blame him, however if you adore it he
will take all compliments.
Age 26 laid off decided that reality stinks. Went into heavy depression.
Age 27 found Jesus Christ. He gave reality joy and meaning. Also met his
present wife Laurie. Laurie is a 5’2”, redheaded feisty woman. Talking about
opposites! She’s a realist, he’s an escapist. Married on Aug 16, 1985. She
had two girls from previous marriage, which also
didn’t last long but gave her Beth and Samantha.
Almost to the year on Aug 14, 1986 they had a son Allan Jr. Decided to
become a stockbroker, went back to school, college was much more fun, two
years into school, earned his series 7 license (stockbroker’s license) and
became a stockbroker and thought he was going to
become rich and live a happy wealthy life. The Lord had different plans.
Age 28, losing balance and vision in right eye, lasted about 6 months
Age 29, left side paralyzed lasted almost 2 months, recovered most of it
Age 30, Diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Now age 43, lost most of his vision, has to use wheelchair when outside of
home, but is not depressed, loves Jesus and his family, still escapes though
through books. Though now it is much harder to read them. Has audio books,
but not the same. One child still left at home age 15 a joy to his mother
and a tremendous help to his father.
He still loves to play chess, taught his children to play, sings with a
beautiful baritone voice discovered when he started to sing in church choir.
Has been recorded.
And one glorious day while surfing the net found “The Santharian Dream”.
He has been accepted into this wonderfully talented family of artists,
writers, world creators and web designers. If the sky were parchment and the
oceans filled with ink it would take an eternity to thank these wonderful