Get into the head of a misguided teenager as he plows through the 1950's. Due to influences, or lack of, and joined by his peers, they attempt to gain recognition by practical joking, clowning, bullying, and deceiving. In an age of innocence most of the activities were meant for fun and to beat the establishment, often at the expense of others. The book begins on the early fifties with the high school years. One chapter visits the late forties with some important background information that attempts to justify certain behavioral traits. The book continues by covering the college days at two universities. Some of the happenings were unlawful and unnecessary. Luckily the statute of limitations has long expired. If they had to do it, undoubtedly there were would be many changes. All accounts seemed like good ideas at the time. When remembering by-gone days, people perceive things differently. Some of the author's friends will say, "It didn't happen that way." To those people the author points out, "That is the way it happened in the book." (Poetic license) Obviously some feelings were hurt; some people were embarrassed and offended at times. Woods sincerely apologizes to those folks and hopes they can forgive. He does not regret recording the events and takes pride in the fact that he saw it through to completion.
Born March 12, 1934 in Bluefield, West Virginia. Son of a railroad man, his mom and dad moved to Roanoke, Virginia when Don was eight years old. In the summer of '49, Don's dad bought a house in the Williamson Road section of Roanoke making Don one of the infamous "Road Boys." An inspiring "jock," Don played whatever sport that was in season through high school, college, and the Navy. He accepted athletic scholarships, first to Virginia Tech and then to Austin Peay. He played four years of football and track in college and two years of football for the Pensacola Navy "Goshawks." Don earned three college degrees from Austin Peay State University, The University of Tennessee, and The University of Michigan. He married Carolyn Wagoner of Raleigh, adopted her son Jack, and then had three beautiful daughters, Holly, Laura, and Leslie, the joys of his life. Don retired after thirty three years of coaching high school sports, mainly football and golf, in North Carolina and Virginia. Working with kids kept him young, plus, "it takes some guys longer to grow up than others." His philosophy as a teen, due to his formative years as described in this book, was to have fun, beat the system, and anything for a laugh. Today Don resides in Bedford, Virginia, twenty five miles from "the Road" in Roanoke. When asked why he used D. Scott instead of Don S. as his author signature for his first book, Don replied, "Well it worked for Francis S. Fitzgerald, didn't it?"