Background : I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938 to Philip and Esther Felton.
My dad worked as a welder at the Todd Shipyard during the Second World War. When the war ended in 1945 and all the war
production workers were laid off, my dad decided to move our family to his home town of Towanda, Pa, a small town of 3000
people situated on the banks of the Susquehanna River. There were 5 of us: my mom and dad, older sister
Barb, younger brother Tom and me.
In 1954 I started my senior year at Towanda High and was voted in as class president. After graduation I planned
to go to college, probably Penn State because of the lower tuition costs. So everything was humming right along.
But in January 1955 I caught a bad cold which lingered for a long time and left me feeling run down and tired. I finally
was feeling so bad that I went to the doctor who, just as a precaution, took a chest xray.