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[i][b]Avi:[/b] Could you tell us a little about your autobiography
[b]Al:[/b] Most of the book is about where I come from, how I grew up and how I selected the career path that I did and going through school and all that.
The first part of the book is about spending the days on the farm with my granddad and learning how to be responsible. You got dumb animals out there that rely on you to do everything for them. That's a thought process that I've kept all my life. But I decided when I was a kid that I would not spend the rest of my time on a farm so that's why I pursued going to college and eventually to the Air Force.
But then we get into the space program and the aftermath of our flight. As you know our flight was kind of singled out back in the day because we carried some postal covers that created quite a stir. The last part of the book is about how I sued the US Government. They had asked us to turn all of these thing in while they investigated the incident, then they didn't want to return them. So I sued them back in the 80s on behalf of all the astronauts and we took that through the Department of Justice and got everything back.
And what I've done since then because I've applied myself to helping charities and working with kids I think to try and get some respect back.[/i]
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