It is not easy for a layman to attract attention to a book like this. Most who open the cover will be professionals in one of the many aspects of mental health. A moment's thought tells us, however, that if there is a distinction between laymen and professionals it makes no difference to a book like this. Both laymen and professionals care about what will be. That is why this book, the Congress it reports and the World Federation for Mental Health itself can be meaningful to both laymen and professional people. A look into the 80's from the point of view of mental health, cultural values and social development is for all who care about the future. The 1981 Manila Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health was a unique and special gathering. It was the first time the Federation assembled for a Congress in a developing country. In the Philippines we enjoyed the over- whelming hospitality and charm of the people and a place where past and future seem as important as the present. All who attended from outside those magic islands will always remember the occasion as a special life experience. For those of you who did attend, this book can revive the stimulation and satisfaction of the Congress. For those of you who did not share the Manila experience, this book can inform and interest you about matters which are important.
WAFranklin was born august 2nd 1930. in Abilene Texas. The Great Depression was just in its infancy and about all the memories the people had were about thee Roaring Twenties and Bath Tub Gin. What they invisioned ahead were "Hard Times and Empty Bellies."
In the fall of 1933 the family moved to California. They lovate in Tulare County in about the middle of the San Joaquin Valley. There first home was an abandonded one room "Coke" shack and all they had to eat were wild mustard greens and skillet corn bread cooked over a camp fire. Their next home was in an abandoned chicken farm in the feed storage room.
W A was introduced to the cotten field when he turned 4 years old. Some one in the legislature of California liked children because a bill was passed that stated when you turn 5 you go to school and to make sure the Turant Officer was born to existence to makee sure the aboved happened.
When he turned 5 he had moved to the town of Lindsay into an abandoned grocery store. One day he and his Dad went across the street to get some ice from the ice house and he purposely kicked a dirty old rag that uncovered a hand full of coins. He showed what he had found to his Dad and saw it quickly dissapear in his pocket. Their was more money there than a days wages and would help a lot.
April 7th 1952 W. A. married his wife Helen and together they had three children and they gave them 8 grand children. He retired from the Post Office and decided to write his stories and recipes. The stories aree all true and have not been embellished or added too.