Words of the Week 36/2015
Paul Boese (1923-1976), author of the popular “Forgiveness” quote, was a businessman and lifelong resident of Kansas. Born as Paul Lewis Boese in Halstead, KS, he was one of ten children born to Susie (Ratzlaff) and Tobias Boese.
He enlisted in the US Navy and served during World War II as a signalman aboard the USS Mount Olympus until his honorable discharge. After the war ended, Paul enrolled at Emporia State University (then named Kansas State Teacher’s College) under the GI Bill, and studied English with the goal of becoming a writer.
In addition to owning and managing the Newton Dairy Queen, Paul was an avid writer of philosophical musings and short inspirational quotes.