Tuesday, September 30, 2008

RFK Book Signing and Lectures

I will be signing copies of my book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at the Indiana Historical Bureau's bookshop in the Indiana State Library and Historical Building, 315 West Ohio Street, Room 130, in Indianapolis. All books in the shop wll be 20 percent off during this event.

Joining me that day will be another Hoosier author, Geoffrey Paddock, who will be signing copies of his new book, Indiana Political Heroes, recently released by the Indiana Historical Society Press.

Visit the Historical Bureau Web site at http://www.in.gov/history/7758.htm or call 317-232-2535 to place pre-orders and assure that you get a copy of the featured books. There will be limited book quantities at the book signing.

I will also be giving a series of talks on the Kennedy book at a variety of Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library branches in October. The schedule of the talks are as follows:

* Wayne Branch Library, 198 S. Girls School Road, Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.

* Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue, Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m.

* Central Library, Knall Meeting Room, 40 E. Saint Clair Street, Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m.

* Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road, Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.

In addition, I will be talking about Kennedy's Indiana campaign, and selling and signing copies of the book, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 North Fifth Street, in Zionsville. The program, free and open to the public, will be in the library's Lora Hussey and Olive Hoffman Rooms.

Finally, I will also give a lecture on RFK at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 20, for the Knox County Public Library in Vincennes, Indiana. The free program will be held at the Fortnightly Auditorium at 421 North Sixth Street.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Grissom and RFK Talks

At 7 p.m. on Monday, September 8, I will be discussing the Apollo 1 tragedy and the life of the mission's commander, Gus Grissom, at the Lawrence County Museum of History and the Edward L. Hutton Research Library, 929 15th Street, Bedford, Indiana.

On Friday, January 27, 1967, NASA engaged in yet another step on the long journey to the moon by attempting a simulated countdown of the three-man Apollo spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center's Pad 34. At one o'clock in the afternoon astronauts Roger Chaffee, a rookie and the youngest person ever selected to join the astronaut corps; Ed White, the first American to walk in space; and Mitchell, Indiana, native Grissom, the first American to fly in space twice; entered the Apollo command module, built by North American Aviation. They never made it out alive.

The Apollo 1 lecture if free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lucy Hawkins at (812) 279-8575.

In addition to the Apollo 1 lecture, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, I will be at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, to talk about my book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary for the library's American Heritage Roundtable. For more information, call Dave Eisen at 259-5277, ext. 300.