Monday, November 16, 2015
I love my country, The United States of America. But I discovered at an early age that my country did not love me. I had to leave the USA and live in Germany to discover equality.
With basic training done, six young men from Detroit headed back home on the train. Some place in Texas, the train stopped so that we could stretch our legs and get a snack. The six of us got off the train and went into the restaurant to get something to eat. We were all dressed in our nice, new blue uniforms, proudly representing the United States Air Force. I walked into the restaurant with all my buddies, and before we could sit down, the waiter looked at me and the other black serviceman and said.“We can’t serve you in here. You have to go out back to order and pick up your food.” 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.
This was the United States in 1962. No one should ever have to experience that kind of treatment! The both of us just got back on the train without eating and sat in silence. We began basic training as six buddies from Detroit and returned as four white serviceman and two black second class citizens in the United States Air Force.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
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“The Child - Alien in the Delta” 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 everything for the first time. He discovers girls, sex, music, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware. You will feel like you are there with Thankful as he explains what happens next with excitement, humor, suspense, and passion.
The 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.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
I am Thankful Strother author of the Alien in the Delta Series. Download them from Amazon or ask for them in your local library. The Alien in the Delta Series come in e-books and paperback. Thank you for your support.
Writing my memoir was one of the most satisfying experiences in my life. It says that I was here and my family and friends will have something from me to remember. I encourage each of you to write about your life experiences. Reading my memoir series will provide you with an example or guide to follow and write your memoir. Good luck and start writing today.
"The Child" is the first book in the three book series. It highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he graduates from high school at age seventeen. During that time he discovers music, girls, sex, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware. This book will put you in a nostalgic mood.
This book demonstrates well the concept that everyone has a story to be told. Drama/humor, love/hate, success/failure, happiness/sadness -- you want it? You have got it in this entertaining beginning of a life's memoirs. See how "The Child" compares to your own childhood. I feel today's adolescents would benefit from reading it.
"The Soldier" is the second book in the series. Thankful Strother spent four years in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in
"The Soldier" is a well-narrated and inspiring story. I like the non-pretenses style of this author. It is easy to grasp the inherent life concepts while experiencing along with the story-teller all the emotions that he must have encountered during this phase of his life. Young adults who are contemplating what kind of future they want for themselves might benefit from this reading this book.
"The Adult" is the third book in the series. Thankful returns home from
Germany. He settles in Detroit, gets married, starts a family and buys their first house. He goes to work in the automotive industry, learns to program computers, enters the corporate world and becomes a successful manager and real estate investor.
What I like about this book is the opportunity to travel with the imagery throughout the geographical areas as well as the thought patterns and decisions of the characters and see how they lead to an economically successful life. "The Adult" is an interesting and easy read that can be done in one sitting by the average reader.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Thankful Strother born 1943 in Grand Lake, AR., grew up in Eudora AR. Graduated from high school in 1961 and joined the US Air Force. Stationed in Germany for four years, there he learned to speak German and met his wife Barbara. Married forty-nine years, they live in California and have two adult children. He retired in 2003. Thankful Strother had a thirty-five-year career in computers and telecommunications with NCR and AT&T. In his retirement, he has accomplished his goal to write a book about his early life. Alien in the Delta is that book. It is a memoir about growing up poor in a hostile environment in the 1950's to experience unimaginable success later in life.