Biography of Richard Clayton
I was born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska. It was a railroad town of 12,000 on the great plains in the western part of the state. Three generations on both sides of my family were railroaders. I was only the second one to ever graduate college. After four years as a ground photographer in the USAF, one year of it during the Korean War, I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where I earned a B.A. in Radio Speech.
I had my own show on TV for nine years, entertaining children. Go on Google Search and type in the name Mickey Mud Turtle and you can see what I did. I began writing humorous verse in 1955 when I was a big fan of Richard Armour, who was the lead poet in the old Saturday Evening Post magazines. That led to serious verse as well. All of my poetry is written with rhyme and meter. Most of my humorous verse is in couplets form.
I was enrolled in the UCLA Extension School, taking classes in the Writer's Program from 1972 to 1977.
I've had several magazine articles published and I've written two novels.
I recently submitted a poetry manuscript titled
'Slender Lines' which contains one-hundred verses on weight loss. I have a second manuscript ready for an entry titled 'Advice to the Groom'...a collection of fifty verses on love, courtship and marriage.
Richard Clayton's Works:
I've not had any books of poetry published, as yet.
My Therapy Group Session
By not being cognizant of how much I ate,
Like so many others, I became overweight,
And, in dieting, I was so proficient at cheating,
I decided to attend a weight control meeting,
With losses or gains recorded, week after week,
As a human, I'm on or off program, so to speak,
Always conscious of the waistline's ebb and flow,
It's going well if I weigh less than six months ago,
And, as peculiar as this poem honestly sounds,