The year is 1943. A five year old boy wakes up. He cannot stand or hold an apple in his hand. The boy is rushed to his family doctor, diagnosed with polio, and taken from his mother’s arms to the contagion ward at the county hospital.
Thus begins his eleven year journey of surgeries, rehabilitation, and therapy so that one day, he can walk, unaided, across a stage and receive his high school diploma.
While the boy struggles through his childhood, and in spite decades of research, polio epidemics continue to paralyze and kill hundreds of thousands of adults and children well into the late 1950’s.
Polio and Me provides the heartbreaking story of polio’s devastating past, the struggle to overcome present, and promising future.
"I quite surprised at how very positive as well as informative it was.Ken Dalton’s style of writing is extremely original. He will write in memoir style what it was like to contract Polio at age 5 in 1943. Then, the author writes the factual historical context of the time period." - Jeanne Stone, Amazon
About the author:
Ken Dalton was born in Los Angeles in 1938. In 1943 he contracted polio and spent the next eleven years of his childhood in and out of hospitals.
He is married to his childhood sweetheart and is a father of three, a grandfather of four, and great-grandfather of nine.
After a successful thirty-eight year management career with Pacific Telephone Company, Ken retired to write golf and travel articles for Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, Fairways and Greens, and Golf.com. During two NBC-TV Celebrity Golf Tournaments at Lake Tahoe, he interviewed Olympic Decathlon Champion, Bruce Jenner when he was Bruce, not Caitlyn, the mischievous Chicago Bears quarterback, Jim McMahon, the iconic Vice-President Dan Quail, and NBC Today show anchor, Matt Lauer.
Ken designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards where he produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
He has published six mystery novels, The Bloody Birthright, The Big Showstopper, Death is a Cabernet, The Tartan Shroud, Brother Can You Spare A Dime, and The Unsavory Critic.
Ken’s memoir, Polio and Me, marks his initial foray into the world of non-fiction.
Presently, Ken is working on his seventh Pinky and Bear mystery, The Heretic’s Hymnal.