Allan C. Stover
Allan C. Stover used a forged birth certificate to enlist in the U. S. Coast Guard at age 14 during the Korean War. He served aboard a ship and on isolated duty in the Pacific and aboard a gunboat in Florida. After his honorable discharge at age 18, he served as an Able Seaman on a Great Lakes ore carrier for a season. Although he never attended high school, he graduated summa cum laude from Pacific States University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering. He received his Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was the Orrin Henry Ingram Scholar. He worked as an engineer at Cape Canaveral missile range and on numerous assignments in the United States. He worked overseas more than twenty years, living in Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He served as technical advisor to the Philippine Air Force for more than eight years, the Venezuelan Air Force for three years, the Greek aerospace industries for two years, and the Saudi Arabian Air Force for more than six years. He has visited more than fifty countries. In the Philippines, he was appointed to the Metric Board during that nation’s conversion to the metric system. He survived a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, dodged anti-American demonstrations in Beijing, China, when the U. S. bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, went behind the Iron Curtain into Communist East Germany years before the Berlin Wall fell, and lived in the Philippines when President Marcos seized power and became a dictator. In 1991, he formed the Veterans of Underage Military Service, a nonprofit association for those who served underage, and served as its National Commander for three years. Allan is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Authors Guild, Veterans of Underage Military Service, American Legion Post 347, and Korean War Veterans Post 169. He has published numerous articles and presented a number of technical papers at symposiums. His first textbook, You and the Metric System, (Dodd Mead, New York), was honored by the National Science Teachers Association as Outstanding Science Book of the year. His next textbook, ATE: Automatic Test Equipment (McGraw-Hill, New York), was reprinted in Mandarin Chinese for distribution in China. His controversial novel, The Evil Ones was critically received, as was his nonfiction Who is Destroying America? which was based on his internet columns. His second novel, Men Grow Up to be Boys was written for fun and is partially autobiographical.
His wife Jean Ann supports him in his writing. He has two daughters, Grace and Natalie, and three outstanding grandchildren, Nicholas Allan, Ellie, and Dominic.