Doug had taken night courses at Weber State College (the institution hadn't achieved university status then) and earned an accounting degree. He was moving up the ranks in the Hill AFB chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees and involved in activities at the state level. In 1970, the state AFGE leadership decided to run him for the national AFGE Secretary-Treasurer.

Gen packed the trailer, corralled and lassoed Becky and me--she was aware of our spirited involvement in risky behavior and wasn't about to let us stay home alone--and loaded us and Doug into the car for the drive over the mountains to the AFGE convention in Denver.

Doug won the election. Life changed again.