An Autobiography by
W. J. Perkins
1914 - 1987
With additional comments by his daugher and son-in-law

"Perk," as he was known, was born with Von Recklinghausen disease - now renamed: Neurofibroma-tosis.  Born in Lewistown, Montana, he spent several years of his boyhood life at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dispite his handicaps, he flew gliders and small planes, and also worked as an airplane mechanic.  In addition, he raced motorcycles and race cars (pictured in the book).

However, most of his working life was spent working at Folding Carrier Corporation in Oklahoma City, owned by Sil Goldman, who also owned a chain of grocery stores.  In his capacity at Folding Carrier he created and built the jigs to manufacture the first grocery shopping carts (pictures included).

When the Folding Carrier was totally destroyed by fire in 1950, he rebuilt all of the production equipment from memory, and had the plant back in operation within two weeks.

This is a story worth reading.

An Autobiography by W. J. Perkins 

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