Born and Raised: An American Story of Adoption

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Xlibris Corporation, Sep 8, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 202 pages
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Jerry Cline exists at the whim of an 1869 Comanche raiding party on his birthfather’s family ranch in Central Texas. Jerry could also be a poster-boy for successful adoptions. He was adopted at age 3 months in 1939 by a hard-living couple from East Texas, via the Indian Territory of Oklahoma before it became a state. Despite the raw and dusty origins of his forbearers, Jerry grew up to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Purdue University and enjoyed a long career in the aerospace industry with McDonnell Douglas Corporation (now The Boeing Company). He worked on several space and missile programs and was part of the team which developed the design for the Space Shuttle. Dr. Cline also held an academic appointment as an adjunct faculty member of the mathematics department of Washington University in St. Louis. Jerry is now retired and lives in St. Louis with his wife Phyllis.

In 2001, aided by his wife, a cooperative adoption agency, and an expert genealogist, Jerry Cline began what turned out to be an exciting and successful quest for his birthparents and knowledge of how he came to be. He was 61 years old at the time. The search itself, the surprising identities of his birthparents, the heartwarming face-to-face meetings with new-found blood relatives and several years of research inspired this book. In Born and Raised, Jerry shares the details of his dramatic search and weaves a fascinating composite of the histories of his birthparents, his adoptive parents, their families, plus related events and personalities from America’s past. Thanks to two books written long ago, one by his birthfather (a renowned lawman of the Old West), and one by an aunt, Jerry is able to provide a graphic and authentic glimpse into what life was like on America’s frontier in the mid 19th century. Born and Raised is a classic tale of nature and nurture. That the stories in it are true makes the book all the more remarkable and appealing.
 

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Contents

The Road to Me
123
Part II
129
Foreword to Part II
131
Cline Family History Capsule
133
Osborne Family History Capsule
136
Gambler Meets Flapper
142
The Hardest of Times
145
Gambling on the Earth
149

Revelation
45
The Teenage Texas Lawman
49
Contact
53
In the Shadow of the Guadalupes
56
Flowers on the Grave
61
Out of Texas
67
Louisiana Odyssey
75
The Man Becomes a Legend
80
Pearl TullisMystery Lady
91
Dearest Monty
100
Coyotes and CousinsAdventures in San Saba
102
Back to the Bayou
114
Caught by the Crash
119
Ode to a Boomtown
155
Moving North Among the Yankees
162
Life in Little Egypt
165
The End of Love
170
Of Men and Dogs
172
Everyones Best Friend
177
Epilogue
181
Acknowledgments
189
The Beat Goes On
193
Sources
195
Appendix A
199
Appendix B
200
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What do you get when an aging Old West lawman of the 19th century and a gentile Southern lady of the 20th century have a love child that is put up for adoption and raised by a high spirited couple from East Texas via the Oklahoma Indian Territory? The author, Jerry K. ClineDr. Jerry Cline is a professional mathematician. He obtained a B.A. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University in 1967. After 29 years with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation (now The Boeing Company) in St. Louis, MO, he retired in 1996 as head of the Operations Analysis Department in the Engineering Division.During his career at McDonnell Douglas, Dr. Cline worked on numerous missile and space programs, including the Tomahawk Cruise Missile, Harpoon Antiship Missile, The Galileo Mission to Jupiter, and the Viking Mission to Mars. As part of a sub-contract with Rockwell International (also now The Boeing Company), Jerry had the technical responsibility for the dynamic analysis of the Shuttle Orbiter/External Tank separation during the ascent trajectory.Dr. Cline held an appointment as a member of the adjunct mathematics faculty at Washington University in St. Louis from 1967 to 2004. Over those 37 years, he taught various evening courses including Calculus, Advanced Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Complex Variables and Partial Differential Equations.In retirement, Jerry continues to live in St. Louis with Phyllis, his wife of 22 years. He has two successful sons, Jeff and Steve, two talented daughters-in-law, and three granddaughters. He is blessed with many friends across the country. His recreational passions are bridge and golf. Jerry and Phyllis spend part of each winter in South Carolina among some of Phyllis' friends and relatives. His life is good.

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