Soon after the wedding, Ken found a job as a mechanical engineer at a General Motors subcontractor, and he and Patty moved into a suburban apartment complex not far from his office.
David, their only child, was born on October 30, 1976.
“I was trying to get a magical reaction, to create something new,” he remembered later.
“I thought that the more things I threw in, the stronger the reaction I’d get.”After he finished blending the ingredients together, young David was disappointed to see that all he had in the bowl was a lifeless, grayish glob.
Ken worked long hours, designing robotic welding machines and other assembly-line equipment.