The first part of this story is about growing up in the Louisiana foster system in the 1970’s and 80’s; and of my father’s father, Edward Grady Partin Senior. He was the Baton Rouge Teamster leader who sent Jimmy Hoffa to prison and was involved in the death of President Kennedy.

The second part is about my grandfather’s 1990 funeral and my emancipation from the foster system the year before; and of my service as the youngest soldier in the First Gulf War of 1990-1991, and my 1993 service as a diplomat for Peace in the Middle East.

As a spoiler: I don’t know what happened to Hoffa’s body, and we didn’t succeed  at Peace in the Middle East. But, I still think this is an interesting story and that by sharing it I could help kids trapped in the foster system and nudge the world closer to Peace. I call it, “A Part in History.”

Prologue

Part I

  1. JIP
  2. Rumors
  3. The Blood Feud
  4. The war on drugs
  5. Coach Dale Ketelsen
  6. Wrestling Hillary Clinton
  7. Late Night with David Letterman

Part II

  1. A part in war
  2. A part in peace
  3. LSU and Gravity waves

Part III

  1. Wendy’s Angel

Langiappe:

AT-4 and The Delta Dogs of Delta Company, Battallion, 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army, 1990-1991