D. Philipp & Diane Kurek Kaiser
Darrel Kaiser Books
About the Co-Authors
D. Philipp Kaiser (Darrel P. Kaiser) retired some
years back after spending his life troubleshooting and repairing electronic
and mechanical missile and helicopter components and systems for the US
Government for over 43 years.
Darrel has written and published over 35 books in English, German, and
other languages, some of them Research & Technical books on German
and Russian History, Politics, Religion, and Ancestry; Basic Electrical
Troubleshooting; sewing machines; as well as a book about the Watercolor
quilts of his late wife, Betty Kaiser.
He has also written and published many historical fictional novels and
short stories, along with many books on Christianity, Jesus, and GOD.
born in Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Florida at 10 so that her father
could be part of the new and growing Space Industry. She graduated from
the University of South Florida, Tampa, with a degree in
English/Journalism Education. After spending five years teaching high
school English and supervising production of both the school newspaper
and yearbook, Diane moved into the technical world, researching and
compiling data for Environmental Impact Statements. Although she has
lived in the Huntsville, Alabama, area for over 30 years, her job with a
local software development firm there let her travel all over the
country to support and train their customers. Diane "speaks the same
language" as Darrel because she spent the last several years of her
career as a Technical Writer and Editor, creating the Helicopter
Technical Manuals he says he always ignored.
interest in the fine arts has led her to tackle her own art projects.
She has a good eye for composition, and captures the world through the
eye of her camera, too. Diane is active with her church and the proud
mother of her son, Thad Gerrell, a professional chef.
and Diane are married and living amidst the cotton fields of Madison,
Alabama, with their Welsh Cardigan Corgi, Dylan; their Havana Brown cat,
Mocha; and the Queen of the house, a Seal Point Siamese, Tiramisu. Working together as co-authors on their writings, they live in peace as one
with the blessing of the Eternal Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
ready for a new adventure, Diane is there to support Darrel when he
says, "There's a story here!"
Author Expounds on Topics of his Life
July 10, 2009
Kaiser, a senior system technical representative at the
IMMC's Cargo Utility Branch of the Readiness Directorate, has 11 books
"I was able to go visit the places my ancestors lived
225 years earlier."
I try to write in people language and not technical
language," he said. "But I have a technical background. I
approach writing in that way.
I write when I have a thought.
I write until I get that thought or point out. Then I walk away . When I
have another thought, I go back.
Darrel Kaiser is an
unassuming sort of guy. His quick smile and jovial nature make him
likable, but it is what most people don't know that makes him
remarkable. Kaiser is a prolific author.
Kaiser, a senior system
technical representative at the IMMC's Cargo
Utility Branch of the Readiness Directorate, has 11 books in print. Five
deal with the history and genealogy of the German-Russian people of the
Volga Colonies in Europe. In fact, that is where his literary foray
"I wanted to know
about my heritage and my culture," he said. "I started trying
to track down information."
During a two-year
assignment in Germany as the AMCOM senior system technical
representative for aviation, Kaiser decided to make the most of his
proximity to his family's roots. He began traveling to the small towns
and villages that his ancestors once called home.
"The government sent
me there as a LAR (logistics assistance representative)," he said.
"I was able to go visit the places my ancestors lived 225 years
Once he had researched his
family origins as far back as possible, he began compiling the data. He
decided to turn his findings into a book. It would be his first.
"It took about 10
years of research and writing to make it a reality," he said.
After completing his
genealogical reference, he took his research further. To date he has
published four more works dealing with the history and struggles of the
region and its people. He hopes to one day write a novel about it.
"There are so many
stories. Each name represents a story and a family," Kaiser said.
Kaiser has four books
published dealing with antique sewing machines. Three outline the
history and progression of the industry and designs, and the last is an
illustrated technical manual.
"I try to write in
people language and not technical language," he said. "But I
have a technical background. I approach writing in that way."
Kaiser joined the National
Guard near his hometown of Fresno, Calif., in 1968, during the Vietnam
War. He spent years working on helicopter maintenance full time. After
leaving service, he became a member of the civilian work force as a
logistics assistance representative for the Missile Command. He traveled
the world in support of Army aviation, including two years as the senior
instructor for electronics and electrical training at AMCOM's Norbert R.
Lutz LAR University in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He said the reason most
people are uncomfortable dealing with electronic repair is the highly
technical way the field is taught." Instruction usually starts with
the idea that everyone is going to be designing circuits," he said.
"The vast majority of people aren't going to be designing. They
just want to do repairs." To try to translate some of his vast
electronic experience into a more practical guide for the average
person, Kaiser penned another book: "Basic Electrical
Troubleshooting for Everyone." It uses a common sense approach to
tracking down common issues.
"It stands to reason
that if you walk in a room and the light is off, you should flip the
switch first. If that doesn't work, make sure the power is on. Then you
change the light bulb," he said. "Everything can be done in
that common sense, scientific method."
Kaiser has been working on
Army aircraft and equipment for almost 38 years. While he has enjoyed
it, he knows that one day in the not-too-distant future he will retire.
He looks forward to having the free time to do more writing and perhaps
finish one of the books he has already started at home.
"I have the beginnings
of probably 10 books," he said. "I write when I have a
thought. I write until I get that thought or point out. Then I walk away
from it. When I have another thought, I go back."
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