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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T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

~~~~~~~~~~

We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.