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Author Bill Morgenstein Served In The U. S. Army and Was Stationed In Korea.
My dream then was to play baseball for the New York Yankees. I was on the Stuyvesant baseball team, but because of my working hours, my playing time was limited.
During my time at public school I was quite the rascal, along with my best friend Louie. In high school I continued my antics, only without Louie, who went to a different school. At the University of Alabama my cray antics were somewhat moderated after I met and married my wife, Sylvia.
While waiting to be drafted into the service I got a job with my wife's relatives' footwear wholesale company traveling to the "Hill" country of Tennessee. After being drafted I was sent to Fort Jackson for basic training. My next assignment was Fort McClellan, Alabama. If was great duty since I was about sixty miles from where we lived in Birmingham. It was great that is until I was sent to Korea for 18 months.
When I was discharged, my first dream to become a corporate president by the time I was 35 years of age and after 8 eventful years with Thom McAn shoes company that goal was fulfilled. After that I became and Executive Vice President of a shoe import-export company. At the peak of that career I formed my own company, which became quite successful. Throughout that period, I traveled the world having fun, interesting and exciting times.
I continued to experience the ups and downs of a life well lived in Bill Morgenstein’s compelling new memoir, "The Crazy Life of a Kid from Brooklyn". While first reminiscing upon his childhood in Brooklyn during the depression, Morgenstein traces his life through times of war, peace, and everything in between. At times funny and heartbreaking,
"The Crazy Life of a Kid in Brooklyn" details Morgenstein’s being drafted into the US Army, and his unusual adventures there. After discharge taking an executive training job with Thom McAn. then, moving up the ladder before becoming president of the Kitty Kelly shoes chain. Then joining an import-export company as Executive Vice President, before listening to his wife's sage advice to form his own company, which eventually results in a Fifty-Five-million-dollar company. The, because of greed and over reach, his despair at losing it all to a scam, and much more. After closing the company, he retires for wo weeks, answers a selling ad for a division of Montgomery Ward and rising to Vice President. After that company is sold he retires again, this time for 10 days. After an extraordinary sales record he is made an area vice president. He eventually helps form a Merchant Cash Advance company and acts as its Executive Vice President. During his army and working life and travels he has chance encounters with such historical figures as Sergeant York, Cordell Hull, Sid Gordon, Jomo Kenyatta, Vince Camuto, Ken Cole, Juan Peron, Jim Nabors, Garry Marshall, Donna Karan, David Rockefeller, Mohammed Ali, Nando Parrado, Regine, King Mohammend V, Andy Williams, Hoagy Carmichael, Sandy Koufax and many others providing amusing cultural touchstones that reveal a willingness to embrace everything life has to offer.
Through all the successful, disappointing, dangerous, educational, and enlightening experiences that have shaped his life, Morgenstein remains philosophical as he explores the roles of ethics, honesty, and unfailing determination in shaping the human experience. Bill Morgenstein currently lives with his wife of 60+ years and spends the summers with his sons, their wives his grandchildren in the Northeast. Morgenstein still does both sales and consulting for successful business that are looking to expand by borrowing money for their business.
About The Author: Hilarious rendition of:
Brooklyn - 30's, 40's 50's
Public School antics and the Golden Gloves
Stuyvesant H.S. (NY) - 40's
Sodium bombs and other adventures
U of Alabama - early 50's
Big Joke on Air Force ROTC, meeting/marrying my current wife., a job selling in Appalachia
Army: Ft. Jackson (Basic), Ft. McClellan (Chem Corp), Korea
More jokes (backfiring), fighting and teaching English to Korean students.
President of a Shoe Chain before I was 35 yrs old.
Working my way up from the bottom to president and forming my own successful company.
Encounters/ Sgt York, Cordell Hull, Jomo Kenyatta, Nando Parrado, Regine, Vince Camuto, Peter Drucker, Mohammed Ali, the girl From Ipenema, Ken Cole, Billy Graham, Jomo Kenyatta, Pele, Nando Parrado, Ken Cole, King Mohammed V, David Rockefeller, Gary Marshall & many others:
The book starts with my family & my best friend Louie, who constantly got me in trouble both in and out of school. In spite of this we remained the closest of friends throughout his relatively short life. I then go into exploits at Stuyvesant H.S. in N.Y., doing things that would not be tolerated in this day and age. From there on to the University of Alabama, which among other things was known for it's practical jokes. One of the funnier ones (I didn't think so) was played at my expense. Later, I was to get a little revenge by playing a famous joke on the ROTC and Air Force staff. After being thrown out of one fraternity and then joining another fraternity, (AE pi) which is where I met my wife of many years; we then go through the trials & tribulations of opening a small business while still in school. Upon graduation I go to work selling shoes in the Hillbilly Country of TN. It was there that I met some of the finest people, learning some great life lessons, and savoring those memories to this day.
After 5 years of ROTC I was drafted into the army as a buck private. After basic training I was stationed in Ft. McClellan, AL. That doesn't last long however as I am suddenly sent to Korea (I thought that the orders were fake because I had played a joke the month before). I write about the unusual experiences aboard ship and some of the funny and not so funny non-combat experiences in Korea. Those included an army acting career, teaching some wonderful young Koreans, some close calls, & then how I lost a couple of stripes.
After being discharged from the army we returned to Brooklyn where I was offered a job as a Management Trainee for Thom McAn shoes. I managed to rise up the ranks in various divisions and locations when I am offered a position as Executive V. P. of Kitty Kelly Shoe Co, with the idea of becoming President within six months. I wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming a president of a company before I was 35 years of age. After 2 1/2 very, profitable years I had to leave due to internal family problems. After a couple more high position assignments, learning the import-export business, and traveling to over 48 countries I started Marquesa International and Marquesa Import company. This became a very successful operation until a vicious scam, that was perpetrated on us made me decide to retire.
I quickly realized (after 2 weeks) that retirement was not for me and so I went into a new field; banking. My first assignment was selling direct to businesses for Advanceme until I worked my way up to Senior V. P. of Sterling. When the market crashed in 2008 I formed my own commercial loan brokerage..
I've been married over 60 years with 2 fine children and grandchildren
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