About Joe Kulbacki
Entrepreneur, farmer, vintner, outdoorsman, former professional athlete, and now author, Joseph Kulbacki is living the “American Dream”. Born in 1938, the proud son of a small, rural community in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Kulbacki remembers a time of moral imperatives and defined values, of commitment to family, and a strong sense of community. His early years were idyllic. He swam in the back wood streams, fished, trapped and hunted, tracked deer, hiked through the valleys and over the mountains of his native state.
Kulbacki received his early education in public schools. He remembers, vividly and wistfully, that classes each day began with recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, the pledge of allegiance, and a spiritual hymn. This daily regimen reinforced the values espoused by his family and his Christian faith, which today continue to be the supportive and compelling forces in his life.
Kulbacki was a star running back in high school, and his prowess on the gridiron earned him scholarship offers from several of the top universities in the nation. Enamored with the prospect of playing in the Big Ten Conference – and with a keen interest in engineering – he entered Purdue University in 1956. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Industrial Economics, combining curricula in both engineering and economics, including advanced studies in marketing.
Upon graduation, having successfully completed the ROTC program, he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Kulbacki was a high draft choice of both the Washington Redskins of the NFL and the Boston Patriots of the newly formed AFL. However, it was the Buffalo Bills, who had obtained his draft rights from the Patriots, for whom he would play. After one year of professional football, Kulbacki interrupted his career to fulfill his service obligation to the U.S. Army. Following his 2-year stint as an officer in the military, he returned to the Bills in 1963; he later formed his own engineering consulting company, specializing in the integration of manufacturing systems for industry.
Some may call it an epiphany; those more secular might prefer another frame of reference, a moment of self-realization, perhaps. Kulbacki, however, is unequivocal when referring to his spontaneous decision to write America, A Nation That’s Lost Its Way, calling it “divinely-inspired.” Suddenly awakened from a dream state in the early morning hours, he was urged to rise, go to his desk and write. His “dream” posited 10 major crises confronting the United States, each and collectively of enormous import. Fearful that any delay would cause him to forget even one of these critical issues, he immediately began to document them.
While Kulbacki has long been concerned about the all-consuming political self-interest of America’s leaders and their patent lack of courage, he was also deeply upset by the nation’s economic mismanagement; a growing abandonment of America’s founding principles, popular disinterest in governmental affairs, and moral malaise. He found himself called to do something, to change America’s direction, and to help refocus our national energy toward solutions to these seemingly insurmountable problems. Kulbacki believes strongly that discovering and implementing those answers will determine America’s continuity, as we know it, or more significantly, our survival as a nation. To help recapture those ideals, which America alone in the world once embraced is the central intent of Kulbacki’s work.