I was born in 1946 and raised on the north coast of Ireland, near Portrush, on the border of counties Antrim and Londonderry, and educated at Carnalridge Primary School and Coleraine Academical Institution.
I left school when I was 16 and worked for two years as a junior quantity surveyor with Dalzell & Campbell, in Coleraine.
In 1965, when I was 18, I left Ireland to see the world and make my fortune, both of which are still works in progress.
Until I left Ireland I was known as Leonard Douglas Blackwood and as Blackie at grammar school. Since then, I have been known as Len Blackwood, except for a few years in Australia, California and London, when some friends knew me as Douglas Blackwood, my second name.
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