Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Karol Traven Bio III

Traven in 2014
Karol Traven, frequently quoted on this site, was born on Tax Day, 1944, in Jolty Roza, Texas, the son of Miroslav Tarasovich Traven, a Belorussian immigrant, and Blanche Poteet, a local socialite. Traven had an undistinguished educational career for the most part, except for his modification of Goldbach's Conjecture, which stated:

Every even integer greater than 2 can be written as the sum of two primes, but only with the left hand. And it works better in Volapük.

This proposal, published in The Weekly Reader in 1954, attracted the attention of the aging Albert Einstein, who recommended Traven for an athletic scholarship to Rice University. Nothing came of that, as Traven was only ten years old at the time.

A typical Karol Traven quibcag
After graduating from Santa Anna High School in 1962, Traven joined the US Army under the mistaken impression that he was volunteering for the Peace Corps. After completing Buffer School at Fort Eddie Slovik in 1963, he was sent to Viet Nam for a tour, but was discharged on disability for an extreme incurable lisp he incurred at the Battle of Hup Tu Tri in 1964. At loose ends, he went to the Rusty Shackleford School of Truck Driving where he found his true calling, and drove the highways of America and Canada for the next 40 years, writing many aphorisms, often in the form of haiku, that were set to music by Roger Miller and others, earning him the title of "Gershwin of the Truck Stop."

Retired from truck driving in 2005, Traven lives in Einundfünfzig, Nevada, with his wife, Dejah, and his three cats, Schrödinger, Krazy, and Felix.
Quibcag: Again it's Hinagiku Katsura (桂 ヒナギク Katsura Hinagiku) from Hayate the Combat Butler (ハヤテのごとく!, Hayate no Gotoku!).

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