Hawk Dancer

BCV People 2 Sgt. T Douglas

Sarge T. Douglas
Chronologist for these books

Who is Sarge?

Sarge T. Douglas was created to be the character responsible for researching and conducting interviews and investigative journalism for the materials used in these books.
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Sarge was born March 19, 1951 in the Traverse City and Ludington area in the N/W portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

    He obtained the rank of sergeant in the Air Force. He only served one term, yet the nick name stuck. He found it convenient to avoid giving out his real first name. T. Douglas was find with him. He generaly went by the name Douglas.
    His first appearance in the novels is brief, perhaps in 1971 or 72. The twin Friars, Joseph Mandaammin and Cuahtlotatzin (Eagle Voice) met him in Turkey. He showed up again in August of 1978 as pictured on this page; this time in the Village of Birch Clump. 
    He parked his 1978 Fiat Strata outside the village restaurant. The waitress, taken in by his long hair and skin tight Jordach jeans, walked into another customer spilling the drinks on her tray.
    He came for a retreat at the local Franciscan Friary. A funeral interrupted the retreat, so he took to interviewing the local residents. Those notes become the beginning of Hawk Dancer and Cloudburst, and the subsequent Birch Clump Village Reader series.
Just out of the Air Force, tight jeans, hair lengthening, the model I use to draw illustrations from for the fictional Sarge in  his earlier years.
Personality and Characteristics

   The nickname, Sarge, hardly mimics what his friends know of him, except as a parody to his real character and personality. He is laid back, gentle, amiable and very respecting of others. Sarge is a great listener and inquisitive. The villagers of Birch Clump easily opened up to him on his first stay in august 1978 perhaps because of those traits.
    He is a Baby Boomer, born March 19, 1951 not far from Ludington or Traverse City, Michigan. His appearances in the first two novels and first four Birch Clump Readers are brief. We knew little in those earlier books about Douglas aside from his easy going ways and his tall, skinny build.
     To get a grip on just how skinny he was, he graduated from high school at 125 pounds, 6-foot 1-inch. He was honorably discharged after a four year enlistment at 135 pounds, and never tipped the scales past 145 until he was well into his forties. 
    Comparatively, a healthy weight range for six-foot adults is 160-180. Thus, he was 20-40 pounds below the averages. None-the-less, he was in good health. Few could tell at a glance, but he had well toned sinewy muscles.
    The idiom, He wouldn't harm a fly, fit his kindly nature. He took great measures to avoid physical conflict. He was well liked and respected for his gentle ways. One of his former classmates said, "There was no price on Douglas' head."
    In other words, no one could boast of having beaten him up in a fight. More over, it was inconceivable that he would have been included in the age old school yard peeking order of boyhood scrapping. (He admitted he enjoyed watching others fight; but then, so do most guys.)
     There was one exception; that was the class bully.
  Billy was nearly two years older than most of his classmates. He had it in for Douglas. It was never know why. He pushed Douglas around during the first two years of high school. Then, at a Church picnic of all places, fifteen-year-old T. Douglas took the bully down. He had a great start, but he was no match for Billy. (See the three paintings of that incident in the art gallery on this web-page.)
   The two books, What Would Bubba Do and People Like Them (BC Village Readers 5 & 6) present more about Douglas. This includes a three part short story "Confession of a Chicken." We learn that his maternal grandfather plotted to have him killed, and nearly succeeded. His father deserted him at birth after giving him that atrocious name. (What does the "T" stand for in his name?) He is the only son of an unwed mother. He is mixed race. He made two attempts to enter seminary. The twice married Nora had the hots for him when she first lays eyes on him in 1979.
Illustrations of T. Douglas

T. Douglas and Me

T Douglas, Joshua Seidl
Sarge T. Douglas first appearance is in the final quarter of the first novel, Hawk Dancer. He was serving in the Air Force, stationed in Turkey around 1972 or 73.
     A story under development has me, the author, interacting with my fiction characters for the first time in any of my stories. It was quite a challenge to place the real me into a fictional setting with fictional characters. Sarge and I are good friends, according to the story. However, we did get into a real knock down fight. Seeing as we are perfectly matched size wise, it will be interesting to find out which of us won. That's Sarge with his back to us in the above illustration. The setting is Black Castle, Turkey. 
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