“Born On A Mountaintop” is a reminisce, a personal history sweetened by time, recalled with longing, factual, but not accurate. Those events I have chosen to write about essentially happened, though not necessarily in the idealized manner I have recorded them. It is the issues, the perplexing questions and contradictions I encountered growing up which I have attempted to relate most accurately.
Myths, Good and Evil, customs, traditions, facts and fables, along with not so Little White Lies were a minefield I had to traverse through my childhood. Not all of these fictions were harmful but many were, and I still puzzle over their purpose.
My companions on this journey, as portrayed in these stories, are for the most part, amalgams of my childhood companions. I have chosen to respect their privacy and not inflict my uncertainties and issues onto their journey of growth.
Lowell, Massachusetts remains constant in my memory, a field of clover with considerable puddles of mud and patches of hemlock around the edges. On those occasions when I can remain still I can recall her rattling city buses, her green, well tended parks, red brick mills, and corner taverns alongside corner churches. The rest is silence.
David Ferrier is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served two consecutive tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. After seven years with the Vietnam Veterans Outreach Program he was a private investigator in Los Angeles for over thirty years.
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