Writer and Poet David Anirman AKA Walter Schneider (1934 - 2015)
Walter Louis Schneider lll was born in Upstate New York in 1934. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1956 and served as a naval patrol plane commander between 1964 and 1968.
Regarding his years of service, he wrote: "....On the way to my career, a notice popped up on the bulletin board saying the Navy needed more transport pilots. That sounded great to me. During our youngster summer, I toured Europe, traveling back and forth on military transports and it seemed like a dream assignment. So, still at Corpus Christi, I requested a new set of orders--much to the consternation of the CO who told me it was an awful career move. Maybe so, it didn't matter in the long run, but did usher me into some of the finest years of my life with a bunch of World War ll and Berlin Airlift veterans. I was sent to VR-22 in Norfolk, Virginia, a squadron that prided itself on going anywhere in the world and had regular routes to Morocco and Naples, New Zealand. After that the post graduate school for a year and then two and a half at UC Berkeley, before my second squadron at Barbers Point, Hawaii. This got me lots of hours over the Pacific and a stint in Vietnam, where I had a good war--if there is such a thing--living in a hotel in downtown Saigon and flying coastal patrols from south of the DMZ to Cambodia, during which, occasionally we got shot at but, thankfully never had to shoot back."
After getting out of the service, Walter completed his PhD. in Political Science at UC Berkeley, where he met and roomed with Timothy Leary. Throwing off his establishment cloak, he became steeped in the psychedelic movement of the Sixties with such luminaries as Richard Alpert, Ralph Metzner, and Allen Ginsberg. In 1968, he purchased 140 acres of pristine Redwood forest in Northern California, where he spent most of his life as a prolific writer and poet under the nom de plume: David Anirman.