Valley of the Skunk

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Paulson, Roland. 1999. Valley of the Skunk: The Story of a Haven. Aurora, CO: The National Writers Press. [multiple copies available]

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Description: Communicating in Small Groups is the true story of Roland and Rodney Paulson, identical twins, for whom the Skunk River Valley near Ames, Iowa, served as a basic haven of security. They were "the twins," the trouble makers, the sons of a crazy man and Louise, a dedicated woman whose long working hours kept her away from home most of the time. Much too young to handle guns, the pair regularly escaped into the valley to hunt for the family's food and to dream away the remnants of a troubled and turbulent week. Not close with their siblings, their school years were spent as "two against the world." As the Great Depression gave way to World War II, the Skunk Valley philosophy went with them into the Air Force. Thus, whenever together they could escape into whatever place became the "Haven" of the moment. As members of the same crew on the B-17 FUBAR, they became possibly the only twins to get away with shared combat after the military's Sullivan Rule went into effect.

 

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