Dr. Lee McMurrin's memoir discusses the rich experiences of a well-lived life, starting with his Great Depression-era youth, through his education, sports, military service, marriage and family, faith, career as an educator and school superintendent, and international travels. The book's title stems from his mother's often-stated belief that, in spite of their poverty during the Great Depression, the family was rich in values and experiences. During the 1937 Johnstown flood, the McMurrin family was forced to live on the second floor of their home until the flood waters subsided, living mostly on oatmeal. After the flood danger was over, his mother said the important thing was that they were all together. As the son of a pastor, Dr. McMurrin grew up in many different locations as his father was transferred to new parishes. The continuity of music and the joys of a shared family life buoyed them through challenging times. Dr. McMurrin worked his way through college, often living on only $10 a week in food. He states that his work experiences in those early years were a training ground for his later career as an educator during difficult times, including court-ordered integration of public schools in Toledo, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In sports, he was a standout basketball player who learned how to play the "Indiana" brand of basketball. He cites his tenure in the US Army as an enriching experience, and one in which his knowledge of radio technology was valued. Dr. McMurrin married his beloved wife, Frances, who took on the task of making a home in the multiple cities and towns where they lived throughout his career in education. As an adult, Dr. McMurrin earned a PhD in both education and administration. His progressive approach to education earned him recognition among Japan's and Israel's educators, who invited him to their countries to tap his expertise. Dr. McMurrin also visited Ukraine, where his brother Roger had established a symphony orchestra as part of his mission in that country. There, Dr. McMurrin saw first-hand the privations and cruelty Ukraine had experienced at the hands of both the Nazis and Soviets. His international travels caused him to appreciate the richness of life enjoyed in the United States of America. Dr. McMurrin's can-do optimism and positive outlook on life shine through this engaging and moving memoir of 85 years of living - an important message for current and future generations.
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