A. Rancher, freelance author, book editor/publisher, magazine editor.
A. Athena, Oregon, and OSU/U of O
A. Too many and varied to describe.
A. The Wind and the Lion
A. Currently: "Castle"
A. My life in only eight words is Satisfying.
A. "Persistence counts."
A. I would not even attempt to describe it anymore because frequently when we achieve a goal that appears to offer perfect happiness, something is lacking. I would rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. Besides, if you bat 1.000 where's the challenge and the elation of a surprise grand-slam homer?
A. Same as everyone else: failure. But that's no reason for avoiding the risk of failure.
A. Hey, it's December: it's mighty hard to beat Arizona! Which is where I am.
A. Not a world-historic figure, but my maternal great-great grandmother was downright inspirational. She crossed the Oregon Trail as an 18-year-old bride headed for a place she had never been, uncertain what she would find upon arrival. Deep inside me I have a novel about her.
A. My wife, who proves that persistence and determination can overcome years of illness.
A. "We are ruled by idiots. But you knew that." It has ended many of my emails since about 1990.
A. My vision went bad in grade school and prevented me from becoming a military aviator.
A. The ability to look like Tom Selleck and sound like Sam Elliott.
A. Earning a living as a free-lance author for so much of my life. Others who've done it will tell you that it's extremely rare--and satisfying.
A. I do not look like Tom Selleck or sound like Sam Elliott.
A. A Dauntless dive-bomber pilot aboard USS Enterprise in 1942. (Watch for my upcoming book on The Big E in February 2012.)
A. "Tillman is really bright with a bad habit of stating unpleasant facts." --A US Navy officer, circa 1991.
A. Possibly Bob Lee Swagger because of the consistently original, intriguing scenarios he inspires.
A. Mick in Steve Hunter's "Dead Zero." He had it all but tossed it away--a wasted life, probably the greatest tragedy of all.
A. Hannibal, for unrelated reasons.First, I grew up around exotic animals and would really like to know how got any of those elephant(s) over the Alps.Secondly, he's an intriguing figure: extremely smart, one of the great captains, and a man who pursued his life's goal with single-minded zealotry, came within reach of that goal--and narrowly missed it.
A. Hard to say, as I have few minor pet peeves. Disloyalty/treachery is a major peeve. Among the minors, people who wear caps backwards--not just because it looks dumb but because it indicates mindless imitation.
A. I enjoy working as a commentator on TV documentaries.
A. Mercenary aviator rated in tactical jets and helicopters with a hangar full of copilots, mechanics, and armorers straight out of the Victoria's Secret's catalogue.
A. Honesty, intelligence, and coping ability.
A. Supreme pizza because you can add veggies for nutrition among all the toppings that taste good.
A. Hooboy. "Shenandoah" by Sissel or Hayley Westenra; "American Patrol" by Glenn Miller; "Big Iron" by Marty Robbins; "Victory at Sea suite" by Rodgers; and for the Christmas season, "Deck the Halls" by Mannheim.
A. SOME of my favorites include Richard Frank (military history), Jim Hornfischer (naval history), Stephen Hunter (fiction and commentary), Louis Lamour (westerns), P.J. O'Rourke (commentary), Samuel Eliot Morison (naval history), and Col. John Thomason ("reality fiction").
A. It's impossible to choose five as definitive. Even fifteen would be difficult.Anyway, no particular order:"The Acts of King Arthur & His Noble Knights" by Steinbeck."Guadalcanal" by Richard B. Frank."Red Pants" by John W. Thomason."The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara."Bugles and a Tiger" by John Masters.
A. I've read several books three times each. Shaara's "The Killer Angels" is one.
A. Be persistent, and keep learning.
A. "When are we going to see the third installment in the Dauntless series?" I would love to finish the Rogers-Sakaida trilogy but have not found a publisher for the Korean War conclusion.