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The Good Life

Tom and Too Tall’s Triumph over the Great Depression and WWII

Tom Shepherd

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 978-1-936401-36-9
  • Publication Date: 2011-08-01
  • Two Harbors Press

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The Good Life

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Whether or not you experienced The Great Depression, you will take pleasure in Tom’s recollections of growing up when America was going through its changes.

Among the fond memories to be found in The Good Life, Shepherd recounts cutting through a fence with his friend “Too Tall” to see the Clyde Miller Rodeo, as well as sporting a Mohawk and pretending to be Chief Blackhawk in the woods.

At age fourteen, Shepherd began working as a telegrapher for the Illinois Central Railroad, and on his seventeenth birthday, embarked on the dangerous life serving in the US Navy.

Included in the book are several near-death experiences, including: making a crash landing when the Piper Cub’s engine stopped during an exercise with the Civil Air Patrol Cadets, and diving out of the way as molten metal was dropped while working in a foundry.

In retrospect, Shepherd seems to have had a hard life. But he doesn’t think so. The author looks back at his early years as the adventure of a lifetime!

A good life, indeed.

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Tom Shepherd

Tom Shepherd was born October 6, 1927 in Waterloo, Iowa. He attended telegraphy classes at West Junior High and was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad at the age of fourteen. On his seventeenth birthday, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was able to use his telegraph skills for Uncle Sam.

Tom joined the Waterloo Fire Department July 1, 1950, and retired as Captain after thirty-two years of service. During his time with the fire department, he expanded on the entrepreneurial skills of his youth by starting his own construction business, a real estate company, and an appraisal company.

He now spends his summers in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and winters in Mesa, Arizona. He enjoys grilling, driving his jeep, country music, and writing.