Uncle Bill

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Uncle Bill

Uncle Bill

The Life and Times of Wilmot Lenn Petersen, 1898-1991

  • Author: Marion Petersen Koedyker
  • Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1627874852
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 182
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Wilmot Lenn Petersen—a.k.a. "Uncle Bill"—was a live-off-the-land eccentric, dressing strangely and growing all he needed to live among the wilds of Nevada and Arizona. During his ninety years of life, he was a cowboy, wrangler, entrepreneur, pilot, turquoise miner, and geologist. After three failed marriages, he remarried and joyfully lived the remainder of his days. The irrepressibly outspoken Uncle Bill tells his own story as collected over the decades of taped interviews by his great-niece, author Marion Petersen Koedyker. As she writes, "My great-uncle Bill (born in 1898) used to tell me stories of his colorful life. One time during a visit I asked if I could tape record his stories. He agreed, but said, 'It'll be a mighty dull listen for anyone.' Bill underestimated the impact his real-life stories had on the lives of other people. Some stories will make you laugh and some will make you cry. Some you will not believe and some you will have to reread." Full of his dry humor and unexpected life lessons, this nuanced portrait of Uncle Bill deals with sage and not-so-sage advice such as why leather on a dead body will disappear before the body is found, why it's not always a good idea to protect a woman when her husband is beating her up, why a robbery may not be what it seems, and why it's good to leave your mark at kill sites. No matter what the topic, Uncle Bill probably has a colorful story relating to it. This delightful book is a unique blend of an intensely personal oral history with an honest portrayal of a bygone generation.

Uncle Bill

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Uncle Bill

Uncle Bill

The Authorised Biography of Field Marshal Viscount Slim

  • Author: Russell Miller
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0297865854
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 448
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Masterly biography of the 'greatest commander of the 20th century'. Field Marshal Slim is less well known than other Second World War generals, but is now widely regarded as the best. To the men under his command he was 'Uncle Bill', probably the most respected and loved military leader since the Duke of Marlborough. Born into an impoverished family in Bristol in 1891 and brought up in the Black Country, he was commissioned as a temporary Second Lieutenant on the outbreak of the First World War. Twice seriously wounded, in Gallipoli and Mesopotamia, he was awarded the Military Cross in 1918. After the war he was unable to remain an officer in the class-ridden British Army without private means and transferred to the Indian Army, where he developed an enduring affection for the Ghurkhas and began writing short stories to supplement his income. Slim's career stalled between the wars, but during this time he developed the leadership techniques that would make him a national hero within a decade and which are still taught today at Sandhurst. Promotion came rapidly with the Second World War, and in March 1942 he was sent to Burma to take command of the British-Indian First Burma Corps, then in full flight from the advancing Japanese. Through the force of his leadership, Slim turned disorderly panic into a controlled military withdrawal across the border into India. Two years later, having raised and retrained the largest army ever assembled by Britain, Slim drove the enemy out of Burma and shattered the myth of Japanese invincibility which had hamstrung the Allied operations in the East for so long. Slim returned to Britain laden with awards and honours. He became a popular Governor-General of Australia in 1953, was raised to the peerage, and died in London in 1970. This important biography will be written with the full cooperation of the Slim family, and Russell Miller has had access to all their papers.

More with Cal and Uncle Bill

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More with Cal and Uncle Bill

More with Cal and Uncle Bill

  • Author: W. Jack Savage
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781453527719
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 174
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But for bad luck, Cal Daniels might have gone somewhere in life. Instead he wound up a forty-year-old overnight grocery stocker and ex-con living in his Uncle Bills back apartment in Temple City. Over a beer one morning after work, Cal meets a woman and brings her home and nothing in life will be the same. From the daily journal he began in prison, Cal recounts the events that began that day as it seems every step away from that morning somehow brings him two steps back toward it and before it ends, his infamous background will give way to a different kind of fame that will leave him well traveled and nearly dead three times.

In Uncle Bill's Shop

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In Uncle Bill's Shop

In Uncle Bill's Shop

  • Author: Jayden Coll-Seck
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • ISBN: 1508115435
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 12
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In this fictional narrative, Ted visits his uncle Bill. Explanatory text and bright illustrations will help readers learn alongside Ted about different kinds of watches and how they work. This fiction title is paired with the nonfiction title My Uncle Fixes Machines.

My Uncle Bill and his Love Everest

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My Uncle Bill and his Love Everest

My Uncle Bill and his Love Everest

A romantic story

  • Author: Peter Jalesh
  • Publisher: BookRix
  • ISBN: 3730920219
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 470
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The novel portrays three main characters in pursuit of their dreams. The main character is Molly, a woman that becomes a jockey and pursues her dream to win the Triple Crown derbies trophy. As the story evolves she proves to have an enormous resilience in the face of a disabling illness that affects her life and her career. What becomes predominant in Molly's quest for glory is the tie between her and the champion horse. Their love for each other – either in good fortune or in tragedy - reaches further than their aspirations to achieve glory. The next character in line is Uncle Bill, who comes to realize one day that his life lacks a higher purpose. To make up for it he designs an ultimate adventure for himself which he calls "Project Everest". Eventually Uncle Bill goes and climbs Mt. Everest and never returns from there. Reaching that peak becomes an end in itself. Did Uncle Bill succeed to arrive at that peak? Later on, a salvage team finds on the mountain peak Uncle Bill's watch, hidden under a rock. What belongs to a larger than life story is that Uncle Bill's preparation for climbing Mt. Everest becomes a vital activity at all population levels. It looks as if each life prepares itself to help Uncle Bill triumph over defiance. What Uncle Bill's project proves to others is that conquering the impossible is a human trait that belongs to all of us, an aspiration of all of us to overcome the impossible. The third character that gathers attention is the teen author that lives though those events and discovers what love is. The background of the story is made up of farmlands, a bunch of neighboring farms on which the principal activity is growing animals like pigs, burrows and thoroughbred studs. It is not difficult to interpret the motives interleaved by the story as being symbolic. Molly's desire to win the Triple Crown begins with a fortunate chance and ends with another chance – an unfortunate one, an accidental chance. Uncle's Bill's climbing of Mt. Everest is the result of a careful planning that ends in an illusive victory. Both fates described above are metaphors. The sense implied here is that the pursuit of fame, success, and victory is beyond life. That is, happiness is doomed to failure in the quest of the impossible; also that the boundaries of what is given to us to live are finite, prone to chance and accident.

Uncle Bill's Will

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Uncle Bill's Will

Uncle Bill's Will

  • Author: Kaj Himmelstrup
  • Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen
  • ISBN: 9783125713611
  • Category:
  • Page: 40
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Look-see with Uncle Bill

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Look-see with Uncle Bill

Look-see with Uncle Bill

  • Author: Will James
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Adventure stories
  • Page: 253
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While spending their summer vacation with Uncle Frank and Uncle Bill, two city children discover and begin to explore what seems to be an old gold mine shaft, but find that it is guarded by mountain lions.

Uncle Bill's Letters to His Niece

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Uncle Bill's Letters to His Niece

Uncle Bill's Letters to His Niece

  • Author: Ray Brown
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Conduct of life
  • Page: 115
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To Do or Not to Do

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To Do or Not to Do

To Do or Not to Do

  • Author: Cobus van der Merwe
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1465321780
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 197
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In this volume of 39 chapters; one has 39 short stories in biographic form. Each story contains valuable information for every day life's success, picturing experience applicable to almost everyone. The author has had experiences in growing up on a South African farm where he enjoyed hard work but also the pleasure of what nature offered, from mountaineering which included the eating of a variety of wild fruit and taking honey from beehives up in the mountain cliffs. Sometimes encountering wild animals such as baboons. He shares his experience as a viticulturist raising table grapes and a professional and as a businessman transplanting to the USA and all the pain that went in it.