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November 13, 2023  10:00 a.m. MST Posted on 

To: Chat GPT


Please revise this, change punctuation and grammar of course, also change any words you think I’ve used incorrectly, and also change any of the expressions of thought you think should be changed and give me 2 alternative expressions. Any questions before you go to work on it?

The Way We Were & The Way We Are Now.

Why? Because we like you!

Starting tomorrow I’m going to write each morning about (1) the previous 24 hours; and (2) the decades between today and May 8, 1947 when I was born in Amarillo, Texas. 

Tomorrow November 13, 2023, you’ll see this again and I’ll have written, maybe finished, the 1st chapter of the 1st Volume  “1941-1950, My Life and the Times,” with a little help to my friends, 5 people who have agreed to read each chapter and give me their thoughts. If you’d be willing, call me (303)861-1447 and leave a complete message. 

Why am I doing this? As one of the first members of the Mickey Mouse Cub  one of the first people to wear the Mickey Mouse ears (to celebrate my brother Randy’s birthday, greeted by and then getting a train ride with Miss Disneyland, it’s still like we original club members said back then: 

Why? Because we like you. Also, much like Ulysses Grant realized when he was in the final months of his life after winning the civil war and serving as POTUS, I just realized I’m in the red-zone of life, and I’d like to leave my 4 adult, very adult, children more than just a thank-you note, and enough for Janet to regret finally saying to me a couple of weeks ago, “never contact me again or I’ll get a restraining order” and apparently meaning it. PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS WITH HER. 

DO you have any close friends who might buy this from me now?  I’d prefer cash asap, but I’ll sign a right of first refusal contract with anyone who’d care to buy one, especially you John Davis (his dad Marvin and Pop were next door neighbors,) I’ll tell you more about that when we get to the second chapter about the 2nd decade, (1951-1960).

None of this should be seen as an offer to sell. And chances are, it will change radically as I work with Chat GT each day until I feel good about a final draft.



Subject: The Way We Were & The Way We Are Now - A Journey of Reflection

Dear Chat GPT,

I hope this message finds you well. I would appreciate your expertise in revising and refining my upcoming daily writings. The goal is to enhance the punctuation, grammar, word choice, and overall clarity. Additionally, please feel free to suggest alternative expressions where necessary. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please don't hesitate to ask.

The Way We Were & The Way We Are Now: Because we cherish your support!

Starting tomorrow, I plan to embark on a daily journey, reflecting on (1) the events of the preceding 24 hours and (2) the decades spanning from today back to May 8, 1947, the day of my birth in Amarillo, Texas.

On November 13, 2023, you'll find this message again, and I hope to have completed the first chapter of my inaugural volume titled "1941-1950, My Life and the Times." I've been fortunate to receive assistance from five individuals who have kindly agreed to read each chapter and provide their insights. If you're willing, please feel free to reach out to me at (303) 861-1447 and leave a detailed message.

You may wonder why I'm embarking on this literary journey. Reflecting on my past, I remember being one of the earliest members of the Mickey Mouse Club, donning those iconic Mickey Mouse ears to celebrate my brother Randy's birthday. I even had the privilege of being greeted by Miss Disneyland and enjoying a train ride. It brings to mind the sentiment we original club members shared:

Why are we doing this? Simply because we appreciate you. Furthermore, much like Ulysses S. Grant, who, in the twilight of his life, after leading the nation through the Civil War and serving as President of the United States, recognized the significance of leaving a lasting legacy. I find myself in a similar phase of life, and I aspire to leave more than just a thank-you note to my four adult children. It is my hope that they will have more to remember me by, even if Janet, my estranged partner, has chosen a different path. Please, refrain from sharing this with her.

Do you happen to have close friends who might be interested in purchasing this work from me? I would prefer a cash transaction as soon as possible. However, I am open to signing a right of first refusal contract for anyone interested in acquiring a copy, especially you, John Davis (son of Marvin and Pop, our next-door neighbors). I'll share more details about our connection when we delve into the second chapter, focusing on the 1950s.

Please be aware that none of this should be construed as an official offer for sale. The content is subject to significant changes as I collaborate with Chat GPT each day, refining it until I am satisfied with the final draft.

Thank you for your support and guidance on this endeavor.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

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