Hastings shared the rural and small town side of an experience that touched all who weathered it -- the economic crash of 1929 and its 10-year aftermath. The author grew up in Marion, Illinois, entering the first grade in 1930, the start of the Great Depression. This book, which recalls memorable episodes in Hastings' youth, is a sequel to his popular "Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk."
Robert J. Hastings is a retired editor and Baptist minister. During his retirement he has concentrated on creative writing, short-term teaching in colleges and seminaries, storytelling, and a syndicated radio program.