the youngest of thirteen children, was born in 1959 in Boomtown, Washington.
The doctor told his father, Nobody, and his mother, Somebody, that due
to his unusually small size at birth that it was unlikely he would survive
past the age of 2. His parents kept him in a shoebox near the stove. They
tucked him inside a wool sock to keep him warm. They fed him pure goat's
milk from an eye dropper and when he was stronger, minced lima beans
and creamed spinach.
the odds, Nowen survived his second birthday and eventually entered
kindergarten at the age of ten. Smaller than the other children, he
compensated for his fragile size by talking too loud in class, interrupting
the teacher frequently, and excelling at reading and fingerpainting.
day, his second grade teacher called Nobody and Somebody into her office
for a conference. She said, "I'm terribly sorry to have to tell
you this, but according to our testing, Nowen is likely to grow up to
become a writer or an artist - or both."
mother cried for nearly three days until Nobody went to her and said,
"Now, dear, you need to stop making such a fuss. At least the teacher
didn't say he was going to be a politician."
herself with this knowledge and decided to make the best of it. After
all, she had twelve other children who would probably graduate from
college and get real jobs.
passed and Nowen managed to outgrow the frail and sickly condition of
his early childhood. Somebody says it was the chicken livers she fed
him every day. Nobody says it was the constant teasing he got from his
twelve brothers and sisters. Others think Nowen was simply too obstinate
to remain small.
As the teacher warned, Nowen grew up to become a writer and artist. He's gone ahead and surprised everyone with his other unexpected accomplishments:
skydiver, Olympic athlete, mountain climber, marathon runner, musician,
and world traveler to name a few. His circle of friends include famous
actors, authors, poets, singers, entrepreneurs and yes, even politicians.Only
time will tell what legacy Nowen will leave behind. In the meantime,
he plans to continue his work on the Boomtown books, short stories ,
merchandise and movies.
knows where he'll turn up next?