"Captain Nichols may be a crusty, old River Rat, but he is a real Christian. And he tells it like it is."
Michael Sorace body shop owner and member of Christian bikers group, "Sons of Thunder"
"Dean Nichols writes in depth on the lofty principals of life, with emphasis on the quintessence of old and sacred traditions."
Dr. Anthony Amendola Christian Psychologist
"In this man's writings, I found a kindred spirit."
Bob Wagstaff School Principal and Creation Science teacher
"Mr. Nichols writes in the old traditions, the 'Spun yarns of old.' We relive some very important parts of our American heritage through these delightful, often profound stories."
Sylvana Amendola Christian Counselor
Dean Nichols was born on the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington in 1919, although his Indian forebears lived in northern Maine.
A licensed tugboat captain and purser, he has worked as a port manager, an electrical and civil engineer, an air-traffic controller, a boat officer for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and a marine-traffic officer for the Alaska Marine Highway. He followed in his father's footsteps to become a tugboat captain in the Pacific Northwest. He has studied the social and natural sciences, humanities, and business administration at Anchorage Community College.