Two Journeys to
One Wondrous Life.
A Gay Man, Naval Aviator, Airline Pilot
I live in Napa, California. I was born at home in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1924, the 7th of 8 children of immigrant Germans who worked the beet fields of Nebraska during the depression. In the scorching heat of summer, we lived in two small cabins, one for cooking, another for sleeping.
One of my most prized possessions is the First Prize Certificate
awarded to my father by the American Beet Sugar Company. It reads: this prize is given for Contract Labor hand work to Henry J Klein. This award is based, principally, on the best general work performed, stands of beets left, selective thinning and clean hoeing during the growing season of 1928. I was four years old. This prize is awesome, when you consider that thousands of families, such as ours, were working the beet fields in many Midwestern States that year.
All of our work contributed to the wealth of the Spreckels family in San Francisco. Adolf Spreckels’ widow, Alma died in the big Mansion they built in Pacific Heights in the city. Danielle Steel owns it now and is living there.
Essentially, I had to walk parallel high wires, both leading to one
wonderous filled life to reminisce about in old age with no regrets. I held “Top Secret” clearance in my many years as a Navy Carrier, and American Airlines pilot, while at the same time enjoying a deep and abiding love with my spouse Scott Chappell. This is the right of every couple. We will be celebrating 38 years together next Valentines Day. My tentative working title for this book is, Two Journeys to One Wondrous Life.