BOOK EVENTS – 2010

BOOK SIGNING AT ALEXANDRA, ELLICOTTVILLE – December 18, 2010

I am delighted that my book is now available for sale at Alexandra in Ellicottville, NY, and was very pleased to be invited to have a book signing on December 18, 2010, from 10:30AM to 4:00PM. It was a busy place as was expected being the week before Christmas and the day went really fast. I had the chance to talk to many people about the book and to listen to other WWII stories as well as other war stories. I enjoyed the conversations and the many kind people that I met. I am grateful to the girls at Alexandra for helping me promote a story that I believe needs to be told about a generation of heroes that should never be forgotten. I thank them for their efforts in the planning of the book signing event.

BOOK PRESENTATION – DECEMBER 7, 2010 AT SALAMANCA MUSEUM

It was a privilege to be invited by the Salamanca Library and Salamanca Historical Society to give a book presentation on Pearl Harbor Day at the Salamanca Museum. The weather was frightful and I was amazed at the number of people who ventured out on such an inclement afternoon. The great group of people made for a warm and pleasant atmosphere regardless of the cold and wintry weather outside. It was enjoyable to tell about the book and my experience in writing it. It was a pleasure to express the pride that I feel in my Father and the brave “soldiers” who sacrificed for us in WWII. I had the opportunity to mention each crew member on my Father’s bomber and I appreciated the interest of those in attendance. I read a brief paragraph in the book where my Father mentions the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how everyone knew that life would never be the same. I was proud to be able to exhibit some of the treasured possessions of my Dad’s as well.

The evening ended with refreshments served and a book signing.

I am grateful to the staff at the Salamanca Library and the Salamanca Historical Society for the opportunity to promote my book, “What I Never Told You.” The Salamanca Museum is outstanding and those who work and volunteer there should be commended for their dedication to such a worthy cause. I am honored to have the book offered for sale in such a fitting place.

BOOK SIGNING AT THE BANK OF CATTARAUGUS – December 3, 2010

I was pleased to be invited to have a book signing at the Bank of Cattaraugus in Cattaraugus, NY. It was another wintry night and I think that it snowed the entire time that we were there. People were bustling in and out and most stopped to inquire on the book. The bank is a delightful place. The people working at the bank were so hospitable and the customers were as friendly. It was such a comfortable atmosphere with many enjoyable conversations with the folks who came by. I am grateful to the Cullens for their thoughtfulness in planning this book signing event. I am thankful to my friend, Janet Schmick, for helping me out on such a blustery night.

SALAMANCA SENIOR CENTER – November 26, 2010

It was the day after Thanksgiving, and a blustery one at that, when I visited the Senior Center in Salamanca to give a presentation on my book. The interest shown from the kind folks present provided an enjoyable afternoon. It was another positive experience and I was appreciative of the opportunity to tell about the places I’d been in retracing my father’s WWII experience and the incredible feelings aroused in walking where he walked. I exhibited pages from my Father’s notebook as well as a print that I consider a perfect example of my Father’s last mission. I am grateful to the Salamanca Senior Center not only for allowing me to talk about my book but also for the fine job that they do for our Seniors.

OLEAN PUBLIC LIBRARY – November 1, 2010

I was pleased to be invited to give a book presentation at the Olean Library in Olean, NY, on November 1, 2010. Addressing such an attentive group of folks provided for an enjoyable evening. My Father’s position on the B-17, the ball turret gunner, was my main topic and it was pointed out just how cramped that position would be. I proudly displayed the page from my father’s notebook on which he sketched the ball turret and read the poem that he had written, “Gunner’s Wish.” I also read paragraphs from the chapters in the book addressing the ball turret gunner position exhibiting the voice in which the book is written. There was a variety of questions asked and answered adding to the interest of the program.

The evening ended with a book signing. This was another great opportunity that I was grateful for in my quest to keep the memory alive.

AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION MEETING – October 27, 2010

I was pleased to be invited to give a book presentation at the Air Force Association meeting held at Friendlys Restaurant in Jamestown, NY, on October 27, 2010. After our dinner, I talked to the Chautauqua County Chapter of the AFA about my recently published book, What I Never Told You. It could not have been a more appropriate group to present the book to since my father served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII. I focused on the chapter in the book relative to dad’s time spent in Podington, England, the home of the 92nd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. Joe Leo, a member of the AFA, was in attendance and it was interesting to hear his memories of his role as a B-17 waist gunner in WWII. I mentioned some of the staggering statistics of life in the 8th AF and commented on the incredible bravery of the air crewmen of which Joe, like my Father, was a member. How fortunate for me, once again, to be in the presence of an honorable individual who lived the life of a B-17 crew member.

LITTLE VALLEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY – September 27, 2010

My first presentation after my book was published was given September 27, 2010 at 7PM at the Little Valley Memorial Library in Little Valley, NY.  I had never written a book before; consequently, I’d never given a book talk, and I was a little nervous.  It was a splendid group of people who seemed very interested in hearing about the book.

And it was an honor to have two WWII veterans, who had also been POWs in the same camps as my Father, among us; two men who lived the story that I’d written and was telling about.  What a privilege to have Lester Bishop and Leland Story present and what a feeling to hear from those who lived the story that they approve of my book!  I could not be given a greater compliment.  I felt very fortunate to have them present to contribute their memories of perilous times to such a captive audience making my program surprisingly comfortable for me.  I enjoyed every minute of the evening and welcomed the many questions, allowing me to elaborate on the different topics that I touched on. 

I’m grateful to the Little Valley Library for giving me my first opportunity to promote ”What I Never Told You” helping me in my endeavor to carry on the legacy of my Father and the generation of heroes that he represents.