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The Author - Pg. 283

THE AUTHOR Bill Halal discovered the interest that led to this book while working as an aerospace engineer on the Apollo program. He had obtained a B.S. in aero- space engineering from Purdue, served in Europe for three exciting years as an Air Force officer, and then joined Grumman when the company was awarded the NASA contract to build the Lunar Module. It was the thrill of a lifetime to see that first "spaceship" land on the Moon. But he felt a keen need to become engaged in something that concerned people and society, some as yet undefined interest closer to the heart of life. When the Free Speech Movement erupted at U.C. Berkeley, Bill was captured by the fresh, intellectually provocative spirit of the times. College students just had not acted this way previously. Drawn to this source of change, he attended Berkeley for six years, obtaining M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and a wide range of experience in various organizations. His most