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From a Small Town to the Big World

Norman Boehm - Foreword by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm

This is a story of a young lad who chose college far away from his small home town of Washington, NJ. He worked in the oil industry for 16 years in Saudi Arabia, 4 years in London, England, and 3 years in Stavanger, Norway. 23 years of exposure to the world’s diverse cultures and peoples gave him an unwavering respect and admiration for all citizens of the world.

This book is a recollection of the events, thoughts, and experiences of Boehm’s transformative travels abroad. It contains stories of classical piano lessons, learning to fly a small single engine aircraft, and meeting with his distant relative, the world famous movie actress Ingrid Bergman. This memoir honors the remarkable life of a man full of adventure and travel all over the world.
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Hamilton Books
Pages: 138Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7618-6876-7 • Paperback • December 2016 • $26.99 • (£17.95)
978-0-7618-6877-4 • eBook • December 2016 • $24.99 • (£15.95)
Norman Boehm grew up in Washington, NJ, studied at University of North Dakota following two years in the V-5 U.S. Naval Training Program. His top professional achievement was contract managing the construction of the North Sea oil rig installations of North Cormorant.
Foreword by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm
Preface–Norman Boehm
Chapter 1: My German and Swedish Ancestry
Chapter 2 Boyhood and Grade School Years
Chapter 3 High School Years
Chapter 4 College Years and the Navy
Chapter 5 My Working Years
Chapter 6: In the End
Annex 1: A Flood of Memories
Annex 2: About Aramco
Annex 3
Selected bibliography
Norman Boehm’s story is a wonderful travelogue that sparkles with insights about a rich life, fully lived, richly detailed and evocative. This is true whether he is playing the piano (or baseball), meeting with his cousin Ingrid Bergman on the set of Anastasia, with Yul Brynner, or punching out a school bully who had insulted his partial German heritage during World War II. He ranges from Saudi Arabia to Poland and Norway, and across the United States. This is a rewarding and engaging reading experience.
Bruce E. Johansen, Frederick Kayser University Research Professor, Communication and Native American Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Norman Boehm had an ancestry and upbringing that fully predicted his great talents, achievements, and graces. His book of memoirs provides exceptional breadth and depth regarding the key events which shaped his personal life's journey and the lives of many others. Coincidentally, an excellent summary of my U.S. Air Force career, from young lieutenant to a general in the United States military was written by Norman's wife Aleksandra in her superb book, "The Roots Are Polish". That book brought me closer to the Polish community in the United States and in Poland; but more importantly, it allowed me to meet enjoy, and learn from Norman Boehm—one of my greatest pleasures. Norman and I spent many an hour talking about flying. While Norman's personal aircraft was small and light, he was a superb pilot and we spent much time together discussing the techniques and joys of flying.
Donald J. Kutyna, 4-Star General, U.S. Air Force, Commander-in-Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Commander-in-Chief, United States Space Command, Commander, Air Force Space Command (ret.)