Who Inspired You To Become A Prepper?

Of Course, Back Then It Was A Survivalist...

There were three authors whom I read repeatedly back in the early 80s...  Mel Tappan and his Survival Guns, Dr. Bruce Clayton and his Life After Doomsday, and Jerry Ahern and his series, The Survivalist.  Tappan and Clayton's books taught me a lot of real world applications and The Survivalist was great fiction that kept my imagination going.

With people I actually knew, it was probably my grandparents.  They weren't preppers, per se, but they had made a great life for themselves after the Depression, and thrived out West, building things, canning, fishing, hunting, fixing most anything that was broken... They lived up to the ideal expressed in the famous Heinlein quote, "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

Who inspired you?

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  1. I read "Earth Abides" and "Alas Babylon", which I had purchased second hand at the local general store. I was about 10 or 11 years old, so there were some things in the books that were over my head :), but the important parts I understood quite well.

    In high school, I took courses that I thought would be most useful in a "survival" situation. For example, in gym in grade 12, we could choose the units we wanted, so I chose Archery, Biking, and Sprinting.

    1. Alas, Babylon is one of my favorites! Never heard of Earth Abides, I'll have to look that up. Thanks!


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