Duke Barrett

Duke Barrett, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, served with the 1st Airborne Brigade, of the Army's 1st Air Cavalry Division at An Khe, South Vietnam, in 1965-66. The airborne infantryman, an 11B2P-military jargon for infantry parachutist-refers to himself as a "glorified grunt." In time served in Vietnam, the Chicago-born paratrooper was assigned to Alpha Company, 1/8th Cav as a rifleman, and Delta Company Reconnaissance, 1/8th Cav as senior scout, where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Purple Heart. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Vietnam, Duke was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, "Americas Guard of Honor," at Fort Bragg, N.C. and was honorably discharged in 1967. With his military obligation fulfilled, Duke resumed his music career-a career that had been interrupted by the draft in 1965. Spending a number of years on the road playing music with various bands and acts, Duke had the good fortune to play just about every seedy to glamorous nightclub from coast to coast. He also was fortunate enough to play every major theatre in North America, to include New York's Broadway, where he played drums in the pit orchestra for the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring Debbie Boone. A graduate of The University of Wisconsin, Duke has never applied his major, Political Science, to his music nor to his 28-year career as a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, but does have "plenty of opinions." Time wasted? He says not. "Uncle Sam paid for it." The one time rock 'n' roll drummer and former Golden Gloves champ, Duke has always had an eye for pretty women, and in 1970, married the beautiful Mitsuko Hori. Through thick and thin, Duke and Mitsuko have managed to remain married after all these years and have three beautiful children, two sons and a delightful daughter. They've also been blessed with two grandsons. Still able to get up and about and make his appointed rounds, Duke is employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Las Vegas, Nevada, and plays music on a part-time basis.
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A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

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