Douglas Pearson
Wiggly Waggly Worm by Douglas Pearson

Wiggly Waggly Worm is a book that reflects life values
through the adventures of a bold little worm. Wiggly
Waggly Worm must save his life and makes a deal with
Birdie. Scurry the squirrel comes along and works with
Wiggly Waggly Worm to help him keep his promise. The
story has its own unusual history, as these endearing
characters continue to convey a message that
transcends generations. Enjoy the adventures of Wiggly
Waggly Worm and let your heart feel the real meaning
behind this wonderful children’s book.
Doug Pearson grew up as the son of a career Air Force pilot who flew P-47’s and P-51’s in the Pacific Theater during the Second World
War.  His early schooling at Shady Lane Elementary School, in Columbus, Ohio was followed by another move to Coloma, Michigan.  Here
he completed high school, then went on to earn a BS Degree in Environmental Science at Michigan State University and got
commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.  

Doug’s first assignment was to attend the University of Texas where he took meteorology courses and became qualified as a
meteorologist in the Air Force. His Air Force career spanned 28 years with assignments in Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Panama,
Alabama, Georgia, and the Pentagon.  During this time he completed a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University
of Oklahoma, a Master’s Degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, and received promotions up to the rank of colonel.

Upon retirement Doug worked for the National Weather Service before taking the job of Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for an Air
Force Junior ROTC program at Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone, Georgia.  He led that unit for 10 years.  The Air Force selected him twice
for outstanding instructor award, and the Air Force cited the unit eight of the ten years for the “Outstanding Organization Award”.  Doug also
was the head cross country coach for seven years with a region championship and state qualifying teams.

Doug now resides on Dewey Lake, in Dowagiac, Michigan.  He is a student advocate and assistant cross country coach at Dowagiac
Union High School, and teaches on-line meteorology as an adjunct instructor with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  

Doug has published technical articles related to meteorology, and an education article related to student academic performance.  His
interest in nutrition and fitness resulted in a book, “The 10-20-30 Life Wellness Plan”, published in 2011.  His inspiration for the children’s
book, “Wiggly Waggy Worm”, came from his dad who wrote the story for him when he was five years old. Doug saved this story in his scrap
book for over 50 years before getting it published.  

Doug continues to pursue writing and nature photography, always enjoying a great view of the lake, every season of the year.  He has been
active in 5k, 10k, half marathons, and triathlon events, as well as most outdoor activities in the beautiful area of southwest Michigan.   

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