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September 2013: Double Trouble

There's more than one way to anger a judge who wants to give you the gavel

By the time I was 19, I was already married and my wife was pregnant. I got into trouble drinking right from the start. I was landing in jail, wrecking cars and blacking out. The year was 1951 and the Korean War was on. My twin brother and I went down to join the Marines, but they wouldn’t take us. We tried the Navy, and they wouldn’t take us either. So my brother joined the Army. While he went to Korea, I began my own war with booze. I couldn’t hold down a job. In one year, I actually had about 20 W-2 forms at tax time. My drinking became worse and I landed in jail a lot. The last... Login to read more
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