Gordon T. Allred was a professor of English at Weber State University, where he has taught for more than four decades. He is the author of more than 20 books. He is the recipient of the Utah Fine Arts Creative Writing Award and the Utah Author of the Year award. He was from Ogden, Utah, and died in 2016
Yasuo Kuwahara was only 15 in 1944 when he won first place at the Japanese National High School Glider contest. As Japan’s war outlook grew dimmer, Japanese military officers pressed Kuwahara into training as a fighter pilot for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. After the war, he worked for the U.S. government and later owned a successful photography business. He died suddenly in 1980.