About the author
Born May 20, 1930, in Dodge City, Kansas, his family moved several times following his father's employment by the Santa Fe Railroad but eventually, the family returned to the town of his birth. He had his first male-to-male sexual experience at age twelve in Belen, New Mexico, and knew immediately what his sexual orientation was and was aware that his religion taught that it was sinful behavior. Thus, he spent most of his life denying his gift of homosexuality. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he moved to California in 1957 determined to lead a straight life. Love interfered with those plans when he met a handsome young man who worked in the office where he found employment and eventually, they lived together for about eighteen months. The tragic events of their breakup forced a reconsideration of his sexual proclivity and ended in a firm determination to go straight. When writing his memoirs, Felts was finally faced with publicly expressing his sexuality, which occurred when he was ninety years old.