One of our earliest authors at Second Wind Publishing was George Wright. His unique personal history competed with his written works. George was abandoned as an infant on the doorstep of a Texas farm family during the Depression. Because he was Anglo and the Wright family was black, the local authorities tried to make him a ward of the state. This prompted him to run away at the tender age of nine, beginning a life of adventure that did not end until his death on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
During his early years, George was a hobo, farm and ranch hand, woodsman, hunter, lumberjack, and a railroad section hand. After entering the military, he retired with the rank of Colonel.
George was also a newspaper publisher, electrician and minister. Not forgetting the importance of education, George held bachelors degrees in history and theology and a master’s degree in business administration.
George’s autobiography, Runaway, was first published by Second Wind in 2008. The book contained the novella Flyswatter, in which he wrote of his time following the Korean War as a contract agent for the government. Second Wind also published his two action adventures, Yaweta and Redstone. Yawetta is the tale of a young man on the run in the New World, Redstone is the story of one man’s redemption. All of George Wright’s works carry much of the man himself.
George was able to overcome his humble beginnings and the obstacles he faced during his childhood to lead a rich, full life. He was a remarkable person, pleasant and honest. He will be missed.
Farewell, Colonel George Wright.
The world burns a little less bright without you in it.