William Gibson White

 

"Either I don't have a sense of humor, or I don't belong here."

William Gibson White said his first thought was: "Either I don't have a sense of humor, or I don't belong here." A "religious experience" (fear) at age eight induced by an ignorant itinerant preacher (a hypnotist who should have been jailed for child abuse) in a tent meeting confirmed that. So stupidity reigned over intelligence, and he stayed and found his sense of humor as a philosopher.

Better paying jobs have included: Cotton picker, hay baler, newspaper carrier, U.S. Marine Corps sergeant with one year of combat in the Korean War, short order cook, hypnotist, journeyman printer, writer, businessman, and college instructor.

Born at Hot Springs, Arkansas, as a mill worker's son during the Great Depression, White's family moved frequently when his father found work. At age 7 the family ended up in the small sawmill town of Delight, Arkansas, where they lived until he was 15. Then the family moved back to Hot Springs.

After the Korean War, he attended Southwest School of Printing in Dallas, Texas, to complete a trade he started at Hot Springs High School. Later, he went to Henderson State University and majored in what he laughingly now calls: "the meaning of life." A double major in English and psychology confused him even more. Graduate courses at The American University, Washington, D.C., and HSU helped even less, but he did develop an interest in philosophy, Eastern religions and yoga, as well as, Transcendental Meditation. He studied Dianetics before it became the world-wide religion: Scientology.

White worked as a printer and composing room supervisor for The Washington Post for 22 years. He has had articles published in The Post and many other newspapers across the country. He's written and self-published two novels, Born Again! As a United States Marine! and Rings of Death both now available as ebooks.

Currently, White writes a "humor" column for The Standard, a weekly newspaper at Amity, Ark., and is working on a new novel (ebook) that will be available in January.

Most of his poetry deals with war, religion, enlightenment and "the meaning of life."