It was May, 1978. I had just returned to my parents' home in New Orleans after obtaining a Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Illinois. I had no job offers and very few prospects. In fact, I knew very well I might not ever get a job in my chosen career, primarily because I was severely (well, some describe it that way) disabled.

PROBLEM: How to keep sane?

Oh, I got along with my family alright. That was not the issue. The issue was boredom. Both my parents, as well as my brother, worked. I would be staying home for the foreseeable future.
Red Flag #1.

The problem of boredom was not new. I had experienced it each summer since becoming an adolescent. After nine months of school, the summer would begin just peachy. But after a couple of weeks I'd start missing my friends or just the predictability of a routine (I went to a boarding school far, far away - 200 miles.) I'd get depressed. I'd start to pick arguments with my parents, then my brother.
Red Flag #2.

This may prove to be a long "summer" indeed.
Red Flag #3.

SOLUTION: Occupy my time by writing a book about how I chose to learn to be physically independent so I could go to the University of Illinois and lead a fuller life afterward.

It worked. I kept busy. Four months later Exxon, on the advice of Dr. John Mann, my academic advisor at the University of Illinois, called offering a job interview. Having recently completed my manuscript, I told them what it was about and offered to send them a copy before the interview. They were favorably impressed by my manuscript and by me, and I was hired. The rest, as they say, is history. I've been productively employed by Exxon since October, 1978.

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I tried to get the manuscript published but didn't have much luck. Neither did I have enough time to pursue it very hard. I gave a copy to anyone I thought might benefit from it. After all, the original intent (besides beating boredom) was to help people facing similar situations. My &quotGreat American Book" languished in my file cabinet, then on my computer, until I got involved with the internet.

Now you and scores, thousands, MILLIONS of others can finally glean information and concepts I wrote about in 1978. The manuscript may be dated, but some of the content may be timeless.


Glenn P. Hebert
November 11, 1999

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