Retired Mechanical Engineer. Attended University as a 9th Grade "drop-out". Company Commander in US Army worked hard to get me a SC State High School Diploma (by examination) - carries his signature as: "Principal of High School". He order me to attend several Army Service Schools. Graduated 6th in my class at Clemson University. It wasn't "intelligence" - it was "hard work and persistence". First Job: Helped develop the J-58 Turbo-Ram Jet that powered the SR-71 (Blackbird). Was Chief Engineer for 2 companies. Awarded 13 US Patents. Founded a Machinery Manufacturing Company. God Bless Captain Walter A. Musgrave -- R.I.P. He had faith in a "wild 17 year old kid".