"My parents met in South America where my father was working at that time and my mother was visiting. They got married and bought land in the interior to raise cattle. I understand that it was a day to a
day-and-a-half ride on horseback outside of Rio de Janeiro. My father built their house.
I remember some stories my mother told of the pioneer style of existence. She talked of making furniture out of tree sections, not boards; of having to deal with many types of poisonous snakes and other jungle animals coming into the house. My parents had a daughter when they lived in the wilds of Brazil, who died as an infant."