Hello, I'm Dennis Mansker. Welcome to my "look at me" page.
Note: If you're looking for some of my other web pages, try these:
Okay, if you're still around after those redirects, here's what's available on this website:
- A Bad Attitude: A Novel from the Vietnam War
-- my Vietnam War novel, published in 2002.
First Chapter and read the
reviews -- see why it's been called
"the best book about the Vietnam War".
- Short Stories -- These were written over a
number of years and published in a variety of places.
- The Myth of the Christian Nation -- This is an article originally published in the Thurston County Democrats newsletter July 2012.
- Electronic Books -- These are a bunch of public domain
out-of-copyright books that I grabbed in plain-text versions and, in the course of some
computer-geek experimentation, reformatted them
into something readable and then converted them to .pdf format. Check them out for some pleasant surprises.
- New! Interactive Maps of the Four Trips in Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel, On the Road.
Note: There are several other individuals out in the world using the name Dennis Mansker. This is who I am not:
I am the Dennis Mansker who is a 1963 graduate of R.A. Long HS in Longview, WA, a 1970 grdaute of Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA, a 1973 graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, a Left Coast political activist, Vietnam veteran and author of A Bad Attitude: A Novel from the Vietnam War, who also blogs at One Pissed Off Veteran.
In between and amongst all of this I attended Edison Elementary in Bristow OK from 1951-55; Tenmile Elementary in Tenmile OR from 1955-56; Mossyrock Elementary in Mossyrock WA in 1956-57; St Helens Elementary, Monticello Jr Hi and RA Long High in Longview WA between 1956 and 1963, with a short time out at the Castle Rock Jr Hi in 1958.
I worked at a variety of jobs between High School and the Army, including stints at Montgomery Ward in Longview, Pietro's Pizza in Longview, I sold magazines, encyclopedias and Bibles for a while, I worked at various mills in the Longview area, including R-W Paper and Long-Bell, and I worked at the Meier and Frank Dept Store at Portland's Lloyd Center and at Electronic Specialty out in East Portland.
I was also in the US Army at Fort Lewis WA for basic training, May-July 1967, and at Fort Huachuca AZ from July 67 to Apr 68. I was in Vietnam May 1968 to March 1969, where I was in the Transportation Corps: 543rd Transportation Company in Thu Duc and 151st Transportation Company at Long Binh.
I am now retired from 31 years of state service, all of it spent at Washington State's Employment Security Department.
If you recognize me from a previous life, please feel free to with me. I'd love to hear from you.