Thursday, December 13, 2018
Alien in the Delta by Thankful Strother is a memoir of notable events and observations from the author's life. It is a short, yet entertaining book which gives readers a glimpse into a particular period of American history.
Strother shares a series of memorable events throughout his lifetime. Some of them feature well-known events, such as his reaction to JFK's assassination, while others are personal memories. The stories run the gamut from early home life to first kiss, from a stint in the US Air Force to the purchase of income property. The combination of facts and the author's thoughts and feelings, make for interesting reading. Several personal photos are scattered throughout the book.
Written more as personal memoir than conventional autobiography, Strother, shares with the reader both a personal narrative of facts and feelings in a concise and credible 200-page work.
Strother's time line comes against the familiar backdrop of recent American post-World War II history, including the segregation, prejudice and inequality that was synonymous with the times and growing up in the Arkansas Delta.
To his credit, Strother doesn't solely focus on the hardness of the times he grew up in. He shares in equal parts his feelings of amusement, happiness and sense of humor. He rises above stereotypical thinking, reflective, but never bitter about adversity he faced.
Strother's narrative brings the contrast of the rural South to experiences he had later in life, such as living in
the 1960s and later being in the corporate world, where he worked for such tech
giants as NCR Corporation and AT&T. Germany
While Strother says he is not a speaker or advocate, his impressive resume later in his life -- and his success story -- lends itself to being equal parts inspirational and theatrical as his story is one of coming up from relative poverty to have a successful military and corporate career. "I am really not advocating for anyone; I just wanted to tell these stories of things I experienced, and I feel that in itself is a wonderful accomplishment. There were excitement, humor and history with those times," he said.
Monday, December 3, 2018
"The Child" is the first book in the Alien in the Delta Series. It highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he graduates from high school at age seventeen. It’s all about growing up and experiencing the facts of life. During that time he discovers music, girls, learn to dance, and becomes self-aware.
The Alien in the Delta Series is a non-fiction account of Thankful Strother’s personal growth and approach to changing life situations as they occur. Everyone will relate to something in the series, it is very entertaining and easy to read, you are kept in suspense, anticipating what is going to happen next with the family relationships, the military, interracial romance, unimaginable obstacles, and successes. You will feel like you are there with Thankful as he tells what happens with humor.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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I love my country, The United States of America. But I discovered at an early age that my country did not like me. I had to leave the
USA and live in to find equality. Germany
After we completed our Air Force basic training, six buddies, four white and two black young men from
headed back home on the train. Detroit
, the train stopped so that we could stretch our legs and get a snack. We were all dressed in our pristine, new blue uniforms, proudly representing the United States Air Force. All of us got off the train and went to the restaurant to get something to eat. Before we sat down, the waiter said as he looked at our black faces. “We can’t serve you in here. You will have to go out back to order and pick up your food.” Texas
Born and raised in the South, I had experienced discrimination before, but this time it hurt me deeply because I was dressed in my US Air Force uniform and was prepared to die for our country, and yet my fellow countryman still would not serve us.
Segregation was the law in the southern
in 1962. No one should ever have to experience that kind of treatment! We just got back on the train without eating and sat in silence. United States
We began basic training as six buddies from
. When we returned, we had experienced very different treatment from the same country that we had pledged to give our lives for if necessary. Because of that experience, I discovered the country did not like me. However, I still loved my country! Detroit
The Soldier - Alien the Delta is the second book in the series. The short stories are compelling, thoughtful and humorous about various experiences in the US Air Force, international travel, romance and interracial marriage.
The Alien in the Delta Series by Thankful Strother is about the author's life as a poor black boy growing up in the Delta. The three book series represent different time periods. They include The Child, The Soldier, and The Adult.
Thankful Strother's story of his life experiences is moving and profound. He does a remarkable job of bringing the reader into his world. While reading his stories, I felt like I was in the room with him as he shared the details of all his adventures.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Off in the distance, you could hear the sound of automatic weapons firing late into the night. It reminded me of Fourth of July firecrackers all going off at the same time. The noise was deafening. Silence for a few minutes, and it would start all over again. Each subsequent time, it would seem to get louder. That is where the similarity with the Fourth of July ended.
Things had gotten so out of control, and the Detroit police could not contain the riots. The Michigan National Guard had been activated but wasn’t able to make a difference. There was some talk of calling up reserve military personnel. When the riots broke out in July of 1967, my greatest fear was that I would be called up for active military duty as a reservist. I was eligible to be called until November 1967, two years from the date of my discharge from the US Air Force.
The mayor of Detroit asked for help from the federal government. The Eighty-second Airborne Division soldiers were sent to Detroit to stop the rioting; the same group of soldiers who had been fighting in Vietnam. It was dangerous, scary, and unbelievable. These soldiers patrolled every street in Detroit.
I had spent four years in the US Air Force, and during that time I hadn’t seen any combat, but back in the city of Detroit, I was living in a combat zone. As the soldiers walked past our houses, we offered them something cold to drink. They had been told not to get into discussions with the citizens and to keep moving.
The entire city was under a curfew. Everyone was asked to stay put until further notice. You were allowed to go places in the daytime, but you could not travel after dark. Things didn’t calm down for a solid week. Not before forty-three deaths, eleven hundred injuries, and over seven thousand arrests had occurred.
The Alien in the Delta Series by Thankful Strother is about the author's life as a poor boy growing up in the Delta. The three book series represent different time periods. They include The Child, The Soldier, and The Adult.
The Adult - Alien in the Delta by Thankful Strother is the third book in the series. After returning to the United States from Germany he and his German wife settled in Detroit. They bought their first house and started a family. Thankful goes to work in the automotive industry. Attending vocational school at night and weekends learns computer programming. Enters the corporate world and becomes a successful manager and later becomes a real estate investor. He shares with you a variety of emotions including fear, sadness, happiness, and amusement.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
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Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Grandfather shot the man as he opened the gate to the front yard. The man died on the spot. After killing the man, my grandfather went into hiding for seven years.
This event was the legacy left to my father by his father. Would what happened thirty years before my birth have an impact on my life?
The Child - Alien in the Delta is about the author's life as a poor black boy growing up in the Delta. The stories run the gamut from early home life to discovering girls, kissing, sex, and music, learning to dance, experiencing everything for the very first time. It is a short, yet entertaining book which gives readers a glimpse into a particular moment in the growth and development of an adolescent.
Alien in the Delta Series by Thankful Strother are memoirs of notable events and observations from the author's life. They are short, yet entertaining books which give readers a glimpse into a particular period of American history.
The Soldier - Alien the Delta is the second book in the series. The Adult - Alien in the Delta is third and the last book. The short stories are humorous and compelling about a stint in the US Air Force, an interracial international marriage, real estate investing and becoming a successful corporate executive with NCR and AT&T Corporation.
Strother's timeline comes against the familiar backdrop of recent American post-World War II history, including the segregation, prejudice, and inequality that was synonymous with the times and growing up in the Arkansas Delta.
To his credit, Strother doesn't solely focus on the hardness of the times he grew up in. He shares in equal parts his feelings of amusement, happiness, and sense of humor. He rises above stereotypical thinking, reflective, but never bitter about the adversity he faced.