Books, ideas, and words were always a significant part of the life of Paul J. Olson. We, the children of Paul and Alice Olson, believe that others can best understand Dad by reading some of his thoughts and the thoughts of others who inspired him.
Dad never once complained about his disability. In fact, he almost seemed grateful for it. He once remarked to us:
“Polio made me the man I am. If I hadn’t been crippled by polio I would probably have been a town ruffian and run with the rest of the boys. But, because I couldn’t run, I discovered the world of books and ideas.“