By a River, On a Hill brings you into the lives of twins born during the depression in a
small steel mill town in Western Pennsylvania and carries you through the depression, the war, the
building of the Golden Gate Bridge and on to two completely different routes of success of each
to his chosen profession. One who gains his success on a journey that carries him to Argentina for
three years and later to Brazil for three years fighting for acceptance in his chosen field until
gaining the recognition he deserves, becoming Chief consultant for U.S. Steel on Coke Oven
problem solving and eventually establishing an international construction company.
The other, who gains his initial success through invention of integrated circuits before becoming
an expert in the production of the "chip" and finally his success in Silicon Valley competing
against the world's best technical minds in a tough semiconductor industry, eventually playing the
major role in taking a small test company to be a successful Analog Semiconductor Company.
The story carries you with them through their early experiences, the Navy, the tough steel mills
and finally in their tough fields of endeavor; carrying you as it carried them. You experience their
obstacles and their triumphs as if you were there working your way up,
side by side and battling for a place in the sun.
The title of the book relates to the goals of the twins which are as
different as their paths to reach them.