After graduating from high school at the Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California, I served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps with a tour in Vietnam. After coming back to Texas, I attended Junior College at Henderson County J.C. in Athens, Texas. My background was mostly on Computers and Real Estate spending 7 years with GTE in Dallas, Texas. One of the Major Influences in my life and the motivation behind my writing was a very interesting person by the name of Jack Adkisson, aka, Fritz Von Erich (The Master of the Iron Claw). Fritz was a Professional Wrestler and my childhood hero. Later in my life I would not only meet my childhood hero, but would be by his side and hold his hand as he passed from this world. Before Jack Adkisson passed away he related to me his life story and family tragedies, and made me promise that I would write his story in his own words so all the Von Erich fans around the world could hear this amazing but sad life story from "Fritz Von Erich" himself.