Early life[ edit ] Olds was born Robert Oldys, Jr. He brought three-year-old Robin with him to court, dressed in an Air Service uniform, and posed with him for newspaper photographers before testifying. Military Academy at West Point an objective to accomplish his goals of becoming an officer and a military aviator, as well as playing football. Olds attended Hampton High School where he was elected president of his class three successive years,  and played varsity high school football on a team that won the state championship of Virginia in Olds was aggressive, even mean, as a player, and received offers to attend Virginia Military Institute and Dartmouth College on football scholarships. When Germany invaded Poland , Olds attempted to join the Royal Canadian Air Force but was thwarted by his father’s refusal to approve his enlistment papers.