I was born in Georgia. ‘Id like to be able to tell you I was born on the back of a melon truck, or while my parents were squirrel hunting. But, that isn’t true. I was born in a military hospital. (Which I think accounts for my not being a morning person, all those mornings of waking up to revile during my early formative years). We were only in Georgia for a few years, not much left of that experience except an occasional y’all in my speech.
I spent most of my growing years in Elglin, IL. I still live in Northern Illinois, right outside Chicago. All that need be said about Elgin is that early in the century, the city fathers had the choice between a university or a mental hospital. They chose the mental hospital. Thus, the Elgin State Mental Hospital was born.