Dr. Mollenhauer was born in Yorktown, Texas, in 1924, but he moved to and grew up in San Antonio. He spent two years in San Antonio Junior College before moving to Austin, Texas, to continue his education at the University of Texas. His schooling continued for some years finally, resulting in a doctoral degree in electrical engineering. But as explained in the next paragraph, this is not the profession that Dr. Mollenhauer pursued.
During his later years at the University of Texas, Hilton worked for the graduate dean, who was a biologist working on several research projects using plant cells as his experimental subject. To support this research, the dean had purchased an electron microscope, a machine capable of magnifying his experimental tissue samples many, many times more than was possible with a light microscope. The dean needed someone to operate the machine and analyze his samples, so he hired Hilton, who was familiar with and was already using this kind of microscope. The end of the story? Not quite. It turned out that Hilton liked this kind of work better than electrical engineering and pursued it until he retired in 1992.
After retirement, Hilton spent time continuing his lifetime hobby of photography and adding to his love of writing both short stories and poems. Many of his poems are coupled with photographs, but the ones given here are just poems (i.e., no photographs). Although many of the poems are personal, the subjects are common and may fit into some aspects of the reader’s background.