I was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1945, just before World War II ended in Germany. I am a child of the atomic age, not quite four months old when scientists secretly tested the first atom bomb in the New Mexico desert not far from where I now live.
I became part of the "baby boom," although I am technically not a boomer. My father worked as a tile setter, roofer, and painter. Mother worked at Hallmark Cards. She was a secretary in a doctor's office and later at the Kansas City Board of Trade. My first job was wheeling garden supplies out to the curbside for customers of Montgomery Wards. I went on to become a shoe clerk at J C Penney's, a janitor at an elementary school, a soldier, a hardware clerk, a journalist, adjunct college professor, editor, public relations person, and other duties as assigned.
In 1981, I married Linda Louise Brining, the best and luckiest thing I have ever done. Together we have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Anna. On March 26, just a few days before my 72nd birthday, Benjamin William Keener, my first grandchild arrived. On September 25, 2018, at age 73, Ada Elizabeth Kimtis, my second grandchild arrived. On April 13, 2020, Thomas Dean Keener arrived to join his brother Ben. My two younger sisters, like me, have moved away from our hometown of Kansas City. Cathy Brown lives with her family in the Dallas, Texas, area. Lenetta Weston lives with her family in Laurel, Maryland, not far from Washington, D.C.