Husband and wife team up to share passion, drive with new generation
Kenneth Drinnon and his wife Janis Bolton Drinnon might have come of age during World War II, but that doesn’t mean they are slowing down in their golden years. In fact, this husband-and-wife team shows Millennials what is possible with work ethic and passion.
Kenneth served as a B17 ball-turret gunner in World War II, flying 34 missions over Germany and supporting troops with a bombing campaign during the Battle of the Bulge. He then became an electrical engineer, publishing a paper through a well-known trade magazine and presenting his ideas at a trade conference that same year.
Rather than relax in retirement, Kenneth took up several years of research to publish his first book Drinnons of Mulberry Gap, a historical non-fiction book. In addition, the veteran not only typed and edited his wife’s book of poetry but also wrote a second book, Wings of Tru Love: A WWII B17 Ball-Turret Gunner Memoir, which details Drinnon’s wartime experience, including his memories of the Battle of the Bulge, as well as how the war affected the rest of his life.
“Once I began writing about my war experiences, it occurred to me that my military experience had a great deal to do with what I was able to accomplish,“ Kenneth said.
Not to be outdone, Janis is a former journalist and church drama department director who sang in university and church choirs. She not only produced and directed the plays at her church but also created the drama department to begin with.
Janis published her first poem at age 72, and five years later singer Jody Murphy selected Drinnon’s poem “He Is Real” from her “In HIS Care” poetry collection to sing and record in Nashville. Her new book He IS Real pairs her inspirational poetry with Bible verses.
“Sometimes along life’s journey, there are times that things just seem to happen,” Janis said.
But Kenneth and Janis are people whose passion and drive make things happen.
WINGS of TRU LOVE: A WWII B17 Ball-Turret Gunner Memoir
By Kenneth C Drinnon
He IS Real
By Janis Bolton Drinnon
Books available in softcover, hardcover, e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris
About the authors
Kenneth Drinnon and Janis Bolton Drinnon have been married for 66 years and have one daughter, three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.