Fourth and Forever by Bert Carson
Audio Clip of Fourth and Forever:
FOURTH AND FOREVER is the story of Josh Edwards, a 44 year-old, retired Army helicopter pilot, who enrolls at the University of Montana, with his eighteen year old son, Bobby. Bobby makes the football team as a walk on. Josh is personally recruited by the coach, who happens to be younger than the man who ultimately becomes his starting quarterback.
The idea for the book came to me early one Sunday morning in November, 1987, as I stood on the edge of the University of Montana practice football field, watching the first snowfall of the season turn the field into a pristine white wonderland. Over the next week I hammered out the first draft of the book.
Six years later I incorporated everything I’d learned about PTSD, both personally and from hundreds of fellow Vietnam Veterans.
While a heart warming story of the love of a man for his wife and his son, it is also a window into the heart and soul of a man who was molded and tempered in war.
About Bert Carson:
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, 71 years ago. Currently I live in Huntsville, Alabama, which is a little over 100 miles north of Birmingham.
I have lived in Trussville, Mentone, Childersburg, and Mobile, Alabama; Palatka and Jacksonville, Florida; Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Laurel (Mississippi), Memphis, Tennessee and Vietnam.
I’ve been a construction worker, soldier, corporate manager, car dealer, minister, professional speaker, small business owner, and writer. I’ve been married four times, bankrupt twice, homeless once, and a millionaire once.
I live, very happily, with my wife, Christina, whose CV is as long (or longer) than mine. Christina is also a writer.
I love to read and write. Amazon facilitates both of those passions.
From the Author:
In late November, 1986, I was in Missoula, Montana, for a speaking engagement. Early Sunday morning I left the downtown Red Lion Inn to go for a run. I crossed the footbridge over the Clark Fork River and ran through the sleeping campus. When I got to the Grizzlies practice football field it began to snow. I stopped on the edge of the field and watched for a moment. As I stood there an idea came for a book: a career Army officer, less than three months from retirement, decides to go to college with his son. Both make the football team – the son, Bobby Edwards, as starting wide receiver and the father, Josh Edwards, as the kicker and backup quarterback.
Writing when I could find a few minutes, I finished the story in a couple of months. It was too short to be a novel and too long to be a short story so I filed it away. Seven years later Desert Shield became Desert Storm and all of the Vietnam issues I thought I had handled came up. I ran a short ad in the Times-Journal, Fort Payne, Alabama’s daily newspaper that read something like this – “I’m a Vietnam Vet and I need to talk to people who understand what that is. If you served in Vietnam and feel the same way, meet me at The Best Western for a cup of coffee…” I gave an time and a day the following week.
I arrived at the restaurant thirty minutes early and found 27 guys already there. They were the only ones there since they had intimidated all the restaurant’s regulars. One of them shouted when I walked in: “Hey, are you Carson?” I said that I was and he shouted back, “Carson, you’re late!” I said that I was thirty minutes early. He called out, “NO! I mean you’re twenty-five years late in calling this meeting.” The place erupted in laughter.
That was the beginning of Vietnam Veteran’s Southern Command and the source of more than enough material for me to turn Fourth and Forever into a full length novel.