What does a young Navajo lad do when he discovers a buried treasure worth over USD500,000 just after he joined the Navy? Combine that problem with the discovery of a wrecked high technology aircraft that was abandoned, would you try to fix it, or turn it in? He has just graduated and has to make the decision as to what direction he must go. Al has studied Russian and German and thinks that being a technical interpreter may be a good job in the Navy. He enlists the help of his Uncle Ben, a retired Navy helicopter pilot and medicine man with his Korean girlfriend, Mae Lee. Together with his mother, they decide to use some of the money to form a study group research teaching untrained Navajos to become wage earners in an area of high chronic unemployment - The Four Corners side of New Mexico. In a childhood of being a loner, he develops skill at being a leader with a massive curiosity. He loves his mother who raised him after his father abandoned them in poverty in a harsh land. Their project is joined by others who add wonderful ideas to the task. Al's knowledge of how to use the Internet to acquire requested information starts to expand the envelope.
Al has learned gambling games such as craps and video poker on his computer with no money. He learns that it is different in the real world of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Al Joe look for a hobby and finds that prospecting for rocks, minerals, historical artifacts and history can be exciting. Are the Anasazi the predecessors of the Navaho tribe? How did they come to the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Where did they go? What do the pictographs mean that are found in the castle-like ruins of Mesa Verde, Aztec, and Cholla parks? Al's team investigates possible future developments in housing, aerial fire fighting equipment, new power sources, gravity-based appliances, prospecting, treasure hunting and a different way to change forest lumber production. The Author (below) has spent thirty years working with these proud people and has spun this yarn hoping you will enjoy the romp.
Allen Hingle was raised in a family who had an electronics inventor as a father and a school-teaching mother. He flew seven years in Naval Air during the Korean war and Vietnam era. Hingle then spent 25 years as a field engineer conducting support for electronic systems for the F102, Atlas Missiles, Swing-wing F111s and the U2 aircraft. For the last twenty years, he engineered and installed fiber optic pathways for data and voice communications. For the last 18 years, he has lived and worked extensively with the Navajo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona. He has been married to his wife Peggy for over fifty years with four children, 8 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His hobby is prospecting.