“This book goes beyond just sharing one’s life. It manifests the whole sense of discovering the wonders of living. Gary has shown how it is possible to still enjoy living amid the problems. A worthy read.”
—Virginia D. Byrd, Hanover, Maryland
“I was so touched by Gary Slemaker’s life. The book gave me a reason not to quit whenever I’m faced with my own evils. He makes available to us the valuable lessons he learned from childhood to adulthood. That alone makes me want to be grateful.”
—Ruth M. Garretson, Irvine, California
“A real gem, no doubt. I can relate a lot to his experiences. It’s a great source of inspiration to all of us.”
—John Phillips, Truckee, California
It’s About Time to Get Up (amazon) is an autobiography of Gary Slemaker. The book chronicles Gary’s life through early childhood in Washington, D.C., to growing up in the Dust Bowl of Texas, moving to Albuquerque, and settling as an adult in Los Angeles. It also journals Gary’s work history, starting with menial jobs of his youth, to wiring printed circuit boards in a computer job lot factory, and then programing early computers. Gary’s work history ends as CIO of William O'Neil & Company, a financial securities organization. Gary was one of those computer pioneers who forged the information technology world as we know it today. He was not Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett who opened the West. Gary was more like the guy who walked alongside the wagon as it moved west. I am giving it 4 stars for fun. Read more: http://blog.standishgroup.com
—James, Amazon Review
Gary, just a note to let you know I enjoyed reading your book. Found it very easy to read and the stories interesting... I would say, you have lived a good life.... Wishing you more Happy Days!!!
My life memories started earlier than most others. The very first awareness that I had of my existence was somewhere between the age of 8 and 11 months old and it was not a pleasant awareness. I have remembered that specific one or two-minute time of my life very vividly to this day. My mother and dad were at home so I suspect that it was a weekend. I found a shiny nickel on the wood floor of our red brick house and naturally as infants do at that age I put it into my mouth. As fate happens, it slipped into my throat and became lodged. I can still feel and remember how I was gagging so strongly one after another and not able to breathe with something sharp and hard stuck in my throat. I remember hearing my mom and dad’s frantic voices in the background and suddenly, I was upside down and being shook forcefully. My dad had picked me up by my feet and was shaking me downward with an abrupt motion. I remember then hearing a beautiful sound of something hard hitting the wood floor and bounce and roll and then the immediate relief of being able to breathe and no more gagging. I associated that bounce sound with something that was good for me. This was a serious event at the beginning of my life that could have gone either way and the decision was made that I would be saved. It seems that my time was not over and I was still needed to accomplish something meaningful in my life? This was sign number one of being saved. This incident with my dad and mom gave me a subliminal message that if you try hard enough you can succeed. Why though my sister Louise? Why did she have to die?
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