F. R. Winchell has had a lifelong interest in firearms and edged weapons, and has collected antique guns and knives for over half a century. After service in the army Air Force in WWII, Mr. Winchell graduated from Carroll College with a B.A. in English.
Retired from the insurance business, with more time to pursue his hobby, he perceived a need for some ready facts about the legendary Jim Bowie and his knife. A BOWIE PRIMER satisfies that need by eliminating the search for information on Bowie's life and times, bit by bit, from many sources. The volume should be stimulating to the knife collector and history buff alike. Winchell is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife in Waukesha, Wisconsin.