Earl Davis was a kind and empathetic father and person. As his daughter, I watched him pen this true and amazing adventure story night after night in the late 1950's and very early 1960's. He wrote diligently until it was done covering the time of his birth to age 14. He wrote about this most interesting time in his life that he fondly remembered and wanted to have it documented and one day published. By profession, at the time, he was a hair dresser in San Francisco. A very popular one, with wealthy clientele.
He used to tell his young children the stories of what he wrote about that were appropriated for our age. We'd much rather listen to our dad tell a story than watch TV! He was an excellent story teller that captivated our attention and as he does so well in his memoir.
He always wanted his "book" to be published but died before seeing that dream realized. As his daughter, I took the baton from him to see his dream come true. He lived such an interesting childhood in the early 1900's that, in part, shaped him into the man he became. He was an optimist at heart as he expresses so well in his book. He saw beauty all around him even in dire circumstances. His motto, after a hard or difficult day, was to say, "Tomorrow will be better!" That was my dad. His story is a not to be missed experience!