In 1971 the author hitchhiked across the United States and Europe, keeping a journal of his adventures and observations of life. Forty years later, upon discovering the journal, he realized how much that adventure changed his life. "The Summer of '71" not only looks at the author's maturation, but also examines how America and Europe have changed over the years. Major topics discussed are the Baby Boomers, Army ROTC, Vietnam, Communism, the Environment, and the social changes that have occurred during those years.
|Publisher:||Splattered Ink Press|
|File size:||2 MB|
About the Author
Tom Laughlin is a retired history teacher and coach living in Grand Haven, Michigan. He taught American and European History and coached varsity cross country and eighth-grade basketball for over thirty years. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-three years of active and reserve duty in the army. His first book, "Summer of ’71", was a memoir of hitchhiking across the United States and Europe in 1971. "Portrait of a Prairie Woman" is based on the life and adventures of his maternal grandmother living on a homestead in Montana in the early 1900s. He and his wife Jackie have two sons who are married, with two beautiful grandchildren each. Jackie and Tom still enjoy traveling through life together.