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Join Bill Dutcher as he looks back at his joyful, painful, and exceptionally active 78 years on earth in How Did I Do That? A Life of Risk and Reward. From one mischievous exploit to another, young Bill lived his childhood fearlessly and inquisitively, with several memorable moments spent outdoors. As a promising basketball player in elementary school, Bill Dutcher didn't know basketball would be an important part of the rest of his life. Bill went on to play 103 games as a "young Navy officer stationed at Subic Bay" and didn't stop playing basketball until his early seventies. How Did I Do That? also reveals Bill's experiences as he builds a career in journalism and runs an oil company. The book includes an interesting mix of family, work, and fun and shows the importance of living a balanced life.
Bill Dutcher's engaging, inspiring memoir How Did I Do That? is a great example of a life lived to the fullest. Anytime I remember the author's diverse experiences in the book, I smile because of how these capture the beauty of life and prove that a worthwhile time on earth is possible even when faced with daunting challenges—like war, losing games, experiencing health problems, and battling difficulties in business. The book is impressively intricate and thorough and contains notable historical information and a detailed account of the author's activities in school, business, and games. Readers are carried along through a balanced mix of hilarious and exciting exploits, profound words of advice, and serious, thought-provoking issues. I applaud the author and his beautifully told story as it is one any reader who enjoys educative, entertaining, and elaborate memoirs would greatly appreciate. I, for one, do.