Robert Flint. Born 1924, New York. Flint was drafted into WWII in the Navy, but somehow, he said, he always ended up working in the kitchens—he was in the mess hall during training and several stateside posts. When his unit finally shipped out of the U.S. to the Philippines, he was once again working in the kitchens to help feed his comrades. When he finished his service, he got a degree in art from the University of Illinois. “When we were finally ready to go to war, my mom said to them, if you can’t find anything better for him to than be in the kitchen, send him home!” “It’s a long grind from kindergarten through high school. If you go into the service, they’ll teach you and you can go to school. You can learn a trade.”

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