Eugene MacDonald was a strong-willed man whose career and lifestyle did affect son John.   As a young boy Eugene was given some Horatio Alger stories and his life seemed to be based on the Alger philosophy:  " he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps."

JDM regretted that he never seemed to measure up well in his father’s eyes, even after his writing became popular and respected.

I have read his un-published auto-biography and hope one day to include an essay on it in a longer work on JDM.  

From his first page with my comments on themes found in the work:

here is a sample page from the auto-biography:

 Eugene’s accomplishments working for the Savage Arms Corp. in Utica, N.Y. in World War 2 were honored in a ceremony, some photos of which are below.  Note the picture of the sub-machine gun and its inscription.

Eugene served as Treasurer and Board member until his retirement in late 1946.





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