From the mid-1950s through 1961, a young teenager was coming of age in an era that witnessed the advent of Rock and Roll music, a revolution in clothing styles, the maturation of television, the explosion of pop culture, the automobile craze, and dramatic changes in the socio-economic fabric of the United States. Despite the rapidity of all that was happening just prior to reaching the awkward age of his teen years, girls, sex, parties, his raging hormones, school, his infatuation with the beautiful Leslie Goodman, his eighth grade teacher, and the never-ending search for gratification drove most of his thoughts and actions above all else that was occurring around him. The desires, hopes, and hunger for gratification is timeless, but if most of us could travel back in time, our teen years would likely be one of our first destinations. That special time in our lives was the genesis of who we are today. This the story of that genesis.