L.D. was a mechanical dreamer from birth. He unlocked the secret to escaping his baby crib; and at the age of six, he "launched" and crashed his first "rocket ship" off the garage roof, in the back yard of his Mount Pleasant, Tennessee childhood home. Lee. D. Young was born in Tennessee during the Great Depression. He was educated at Tennessee A & I State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He also completed special studies in business and patent law at Pepperdine University and West Los Angeles School of Law. He was a pioneer in rocket science and helped develop the U.S. space and ICBM programs.