you like to share with others?" Angus's thoughts would not "give" others the "right path." He would give them a blank map and a machete and let them figure out their own path. He would not give them an advantage. He feels it is better to let people make their own way and learn from their experiences.
Angus attributes his success in life to a very supportive family. They always provided him with a loving and caring home. They were suburban parents who worked to make Angus’s life more comfortable. Angus’s father was a Farm Machine Dealer in Billings.
Angus’s father graduated from Montana State College and served in the military. He volunteered for the army at the age of 19. Angus’s father was injured at the Battle of the Bulge. As a result of his service, he was injured and had shrapnel in his body the rest of his life. He also worked at a camp in the southwest and helped move German soldiers back to the East coast for repatriation to Germany. His father didn’t know what happened with those repatriated.
Angus’s father had a very creative mind and used it to make equipment that made Angus’s life easier with his handicap. Angus still has a wooden tray that his father designed for his wheelchair. Angus used the original wooden tray daily and eventually it wore out, so his father arranged to have a new one made. While Angus’s father made many creative items for Angus to use, he never did it for profit. They were one of the items made especially for Angus. Angus took them to school to share with others. The engineers of handicapped equipment were amazed at the uniqueness and creativity of the designs for Angus.
Angus’s mother was a special education teacher. She started out by teaching who children were limited in their learning capability. She wanted to give more to others, so she switched to teaching first and second grade as there was more long-term potential in their learning process. She worked closely with the State Board for the handicapped both physically and challenged. She received many awards for her accomplishments in that area. She made sure that the school lived up to its standards and held their feet to the fire to ensure that Angus received all the support the state provided for his education. She knew “where what to do to dig up what was necessary to get things done properly. She made sure, through her activities, that Angus was given the proper support for his learning process.