Richard Hartgraves, like many dyslexics, was told he was "dumb". Military service turned that around:
“I managed to graduate from Ada High School in 1953 with my class, however, only after attending summer school to make up an English deficiency,” he said. “I attempted a year of college before going into the army in 1955 and while in basic training I was given a battery of tests that showed I was neither dumb nor was I mentally deficient. After two years of military service, I enrolled in college at East Central, Ada, Oklahoma. With the help of Dr. Nelson, a psychology professor, I was able to graduate with a BA degree in Industrial Arts and Mathematics.”
He went on to earn a graduate degree and to work for the Pueblo, CO school district for the next 30 years. Upon his retirement, he turned his hand to writing a novel.