Avery Brundage, from the cover of the book, The Four Dimensions of Avery Brundage. The dry weather and powerful winds of California combine to threaten America's most populous state with frightening wildfires that seem to appear out of nowhere, taking on a violent and devastating life of their own.
Avery's mother, Amelia Lloyd Brundage, took a clerical position and raised Avery and his brother. Avery worked as a newspaper boy and vacationed in Michigan with the family of his uncle Edward J. Brundage. Uncle Edward was involved in Chicago politics. (4) In a high school manual arts class, Avery fashioned a hammer to practice for a field event.