Where Eagles Go to Die
Raymond L. Marik, author
Marine operating engineer, 82nd Airborne paratrooper, Special Ops Army Ranger, an entrepreneur who circumnavigated the globe, are a few of many pursuits that insatiable curiosity led the author to explore. He takes the reader on a ninety-year journey from near death as a child, through an unhappy childhood, leading to dropping out of high school. He found success in the military and after honorable discharge, returned to school become an educator earning BA, MEd, and ATA degrees. With wisps of humor throughout, he describes one of his special needs students with a very loud voice. “If she had hooked up with Joshua outside the walls of Jericho he would not have needed any trumpets!” He received a Fulbright appointment to England, and was presented to the Queen Mother at her garden party. He taught every level from elementary to engineering students at the college level, taught at a Job Corps center, and a state institution for incorrigible youths, His greatest success was teaching public school special needs students using materials and methods he developed. Read about their remarkable achievements that were both inspiring, and astonishing. He survived two open heart surgeries, two heart stent implants, cancer, and a stroke, outlived two wives, and happily remarried at age 83.