Richard Blackburn was born in 1944 in Pennsylvania. He grew up in the home of his grandparents in Pennsylvania and then later living with his grandparents along with his mother in North Carolina. While in North Carolina, he then went on to serve in the U. S Air Force as a mechanic from 1963 to 1969. He spent almost three years in Vietnam during the war. After the war, he decided to become involved with the Vietnam Vets against War while at college, first at Harford Community College, and then at Washington College on the Eastern Shore. During these years he meets his wife and goes on experiencing the Counterculture along with the Sexual Revolution. Today, he is a successful Sociology Professor at Harford Community College, and continues to share this riveting and influential story to many.