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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Action & Adventure
  • Language:English
  • Pages:375
  • eBook ISBN:9781483503523

Boomer

by Joseph E. Riley

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Overview
Boomer and three friends, Chuck Manoyan, Slicker Mauers, and Babe Brearton want to escape the 1929 Great Depression, so they head west in a used sedan only to discover the predicament is everywhere. The account begins as Boomer Ryan and his pals experience a series of adventures and misadventures throughout Texas, Arizona, California and Nevada. Homesick and broke they are essentially honest men from good homes who sometimes find themselves among dishonest people who enjoy making life miserable for others. Hey work at odd jobs, discover their car stolen, are arrested for vagrancy and face a small town kangaroo court. Tired after a hard day’s work, Boomer and one of friend Chuck hitch-hike a ride only to find them unjustly arrested for a crime (car theft) they did not commit. The actual thief, a local resident is not arrested, but Boomer Ryan and his companion Chuck Manoyan without benefit of an attorney, are convicted and sent to state prison. After several oppressive months in prison Ryan and Manoyan are freed and return home. They work as cab drivers and several odd jobs while working their way through college. Ryan begins a distinguishing career as an aeronautical engineer while Manoyan graduates form law school, and successfully pursues a political career. Ryan accepts an invitation to study rocket science in Germany The advent of WW II changes things; Ryan and Manoyan change also. They expand their careers; look for marriage and a home. One misgiving secret will haunt Ryan perpetually; he suspects his cousin may be a murderer, but he eventually resolves the dilemma he faces. Library of Congress Copyright 2012
Description
Boomer and three friends, Chuck Manoyan, Slicker Mauers, and Babe Brearton want to escape the 1929 Great Depression, so they head west in a used sedan only to discover the predicament is everywhere. The account begins as Boomer Ryan and his pals experience a series of adventures and misadventures throughout Texas, Arizona, California and Nevada. Homesick and broke they are essentially honest men from good homes who sometimes find themselves among dishonest people who enjoy making life miserable for others. Hey work at odd jobs, discover their car stolen, are arrested for vagrancy and face a small town kangaroo court. Tired after a hard day’s work, Boomer and one of friend Chuck hitch-hike a ride only to find them unjustly arrested for a crime (car theft) they did not commit. The actual thief, a local resident is not arrested, but Boomer Ryan and his companion Chuck Manoyan without benefit of an attorney, are convicted and sent to state prison. After several oppressive months in prison Ryan and Manoyan are freed and return home. They work as cab drivers and several odd jobs while working their way through college. Ryan begins a distinguishing career as an aeronautical engineer while Manoyan graduates form law school, and successfully pursues a political career. Ryan accepts an invitation to study rocket science in Germany The advent of WW II changes things; Ryan and Manoyan change also. They expand their careers; look for marriage and a home. One misgiving secret will haunt Ryan perpetually; he suspects his cousin may be a murderer, but he eventually resolves the dilemma he faces. Library of Congress Copyright 2012
About the author
Born in Cohoes in 1922. Resided in Troy, NY where attended St. Pater’s Academy and La Salle Institute. Employed at Behr Manning Abrasives while attending Siena College where he pursued a pre-Med course with a major in Biology. Enlisted in U.S. Army and trained as a Medic later entered Tufts University Dental School graduating in 1947. Practiced dentistry in Lansingburgh for 3 years. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served as an oral surgeon for two years Professional affiliations included; American Dental Assoc., N.Y. State Dental Society and the Third District Dental Society serving as Commissioner of Oral Surgery, Committees on Legislation, Dental Health and Continuing Education. He is a Past President of the Troy Dental Study Club, member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and N.Y. State Audit and Control as Medicaid Dental Auditor. Hospital affiliations included; Mitchel Air Force Base Chief Oral Surgeon, Leonard Hospital Attending, Samaritan Hospital, Attending, St. Mary’s Hospital as Chief of Dental Staff, Memorial Hospital, Associate Staff and St. Peter’s Hospital, Associate Staff. Certification by New York Board of Oral Surgeons. Fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the International Academy of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. In addition he has been awarded a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentists. He has been published in several national professional magazines and professional journals. His teaching experience has been at Hudson Valley Community College where he served as Clinical Professor of Dentistry and Director of the Dental Auxiliary Training Unit. Civic and Community Troy Lions Club. Board of Directors Lansingburgh Boys Club, Director Lansingburgh School Board. Member 17 years and Vice President. Rensselaer County Heart Fund, Director Albany Diocese School Board President Colonie Elks – member Troy Dental Study Club Colonie Youth Center – Director Town of Stillwater, N.Y. State certified Assessor La Salle Institute. Board member and Board Chairman. Catholic Central High School, Trustee N.Y. Unified Court Hearing Officer Personal life: Married for 68 years to Ruth M. (nee Hollinger) Riley Children: Daughter Linda R. Green, son Daniel J. Riley Grandchildren: Shalina Linda Rossi, Bristin Robert Green. Hobbies\recreation: Swimming, bicycling, golf, walking, writing, (published 3 books that include two biographies and The Last Convoy) Travel, fishing, boating, dining out, photography, poker, sports, reading, family, crossword puzzles and carpentry Likes: My family, my friends, ice cream, and sightseeing, all kinds of food except one, my computer and telling stories.
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