A Life Journey is an account of my personal and professional story through time and space. Autobiographical,
    A Life Journey is written mainly as a medium for sharing my life with my children and theirs, but also with strangers
    interested in the experiences of a little boy growing up during WWII who, thanks to an intrepid and gutsy self-made
    father, himself an orphan victim of WWI, escaped a preordained humdrum future to fulfill his dreams. That little boy’s
    odyssey was froth with difficulties and roadblocks on his path but also full of edifying experiences and life enriching
    adventures that spanned five countries on three continents. This book’s initial chapters form a tapestry weaved from
    distant memories, information gathered from my parents, relatives, and acquaintances of my parents and mine, as well
    as from old documents I found at my family’s 250 year-old country house. The later narrative draws mainly from
    personal memories but also from archived documents of my own and from archived written and electronic
    communications. Events arising within and outside my immediate environment that, in one way or another contributed to
    shaping my life and my destiny are cited. Also recounted are intrigues and trickeries, not infrequent in academic
    circles, involving individuals who, provoked by my independence and self-relying career advancement attempted to
    hinder my progress. Incidents involving unprincipled behavior by some in positions of power that dishonored our
    academic environment and eventually hastened my retirement also are exposed. Lucid memories of most impacting
    events and of unforgettable conversations that shaped my character, altered my personal or professional course, or
    were notable in some other way are quoted verbatim. Less impacting incidents are described as accurately as
    possible and set in context in order to remain truthful to the circumstances and spirit of each occurrence. Finally,
    historical events that impacted my life path one way or another are cited and referenced.
           I am indebted to my parents who laid the foundations of my personal and professional development and to
    friends who comforted me when most needed. I also acknowledge with immense gratitude my wife’s unfaltering
    support and encouragement throughout that long journey. I am indebted to my children for being a source of inspiration
    and great pride. Finally, I thank all those who generously supported and assisted me at various stages of my career.

    Completion date: 2018?