ABOUT THIS BOOK
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)
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.
* * * * *
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 "Great 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
This book is, of course, free for the viewing and/or printing for
individual use. Printing for the purposes of distribution is prohibited
without express written consent of the author,
Glenn P. Hebert
However, if it gives you pleasure, inspiration, or a few chuckles, you
are encouraged to send a donation in the amount you see fit. Please
and I will send you my address.