A 99-year-old World War II has become a children’s author and is about to publish his third book after buying his first computer four years ago.
Sam Baker, a grandfather from Scottsdale, Arizona, served in the Marine Corps for nearly five years after enlisting in 1942 at age 19, four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
In 1947, he started working at the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, which is now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Baker retired after 30 years — four decades before he launched a second career as a writer at age 95.
‘When I purchased my first computer, my son called and said, “Dad, now that you have a computer, why don’t you write down the stories you told us when we were kids, for your granddaughter?”‘ he told Military Families Magazine.
World War II veteran Sam Baker, 99, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is set to publish his third children’s book this year
Baker was 19 when enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
The veteran, pictured with his wife, served in the Marine Corps for nearly five years
Baker’s first children’s book, ‘The Silly Adventures of Petunia and Herman the Worm,’ was published in 2018.
It was inspired by the stories he told his children about a worm named Herman.
Two years later, he released his second title, ‘Oscar the Mouse,’ which is about a mischievous mouse who becomes a little girl’s first pet.
“When I was a youngster, somebody gave me a white rat as a pet,’ Baker told Fox News of the backstory behind the book.
In 1947, he joined the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, which is now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Baker worked for the government agency for 30 years before he retired. He didn’t start writing until after he bought his first computer at age 95
‘She and I used to have a good rapport,’ he recalled. ‘But my mother wouldn’t let me take her in the house, so I had to build a cage for her outside.’
The author explained that he changed the character to a mouse ‘because people accept mice over rats.’
His third book, which is slated to be published this year, is also about Oscar and his adventures.
‘If I could just get one child to learn to read, that would be worth all the problems and the costs,’ he said. ‘I’m not making any money. I don’t want to make money.
In 2018, Baker published his first book, ‘The Silly Adventures of Petunia and Herman the Worm,’ which was inspired by the stories he used to tell his children
Baker’s second title, ‘Oscar the Mouse,’ was released two years later, and the sequel is slated to be published this year
The grandfather said his goal is not to make money but rather to ‘encourage children of all ages to learn to read’
‘I want children to learn to read.’
Baker told Fox News that he was taught sight say reading when he was growing up, which made literacy difficult for him at first. He didn’t learn phonics until he was an adult.
Despite his struggles, he became an avid reader in the ninth grade after having to write a dozen book reports for class.
‘Both of my books were written with two basic goals — to encourage children of all ages to learn to read and to impart an important life’s message of acceptance,’ he explained in his interview with Military Families Magazine.
‘Reading is the foundation for all future learning.’