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Tribute to Gene Boyer



– Nan Wisherd, read by Jackie Boor during Memorial services for Col. Boyer at the Nixon Library on Friday, September 9. Services begin at 10 AM

I felt very honored to work with LTC Boyer and Jackie Boor and bring Inside the Presidents Helicopter into print. LTC Boyer was a passionate American patriot who always went above and beyond the call of duty when asked. He was a tenacious fighter who never gave up battling for the causes he believed in. And he is a pillar in American history, an icon who should never be forgotten.
His life stories are numerous, amazing, and often death-defying. I won’t forget when he flew his commanding officer into the […]

Tribute to Gene Boyer2019-10-20T13:51:26+00:00

Congratulations Olaf Danielson!


Is Olaf Danielson a “wing nut?” Or does he just have a “fowl obsession?” Well, perhaps both are true… Olaf is a very serious birder and, in July, achieved what was previously believed to be the impossible. As a fellow birder (aka wing nut), I am thrilled by Olaf’s accomplishment and look forward to seeing how far his record-breaking numbers soar at the end of his Big Year on December 31.

Two Guys Just Broke the North American Big Year Record—But How?

When Sandy Komito (the cheery guy played by Owen Wilson in the movie The Big Year) saw 748 species in 1998, many thought his North American birding record would last forever. In fact, Komito’s number stood for […]

Congratulations Olaf Danielson!2016-08-04T08:54:55+00:00

Hit Play Glensheen Based on Cable Publishing Book


The History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, has a hit play, “Glensheen,” running until July 31. Based on Cable Publishing’s best seller, Glensheen’s Daughter, by Sharon Darby Hendry, the play focuses on the misdeeds of Marjorie Congdon, the adopted daughter of heiress Elisabeth Congdon, and the brutal murders of Elisabeth and her night nurse at Glensheen mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.
I attended “Glensheen” on July 16 and had flashbacks to the time when my husband and I worked as estate managers for Elisabeth Congdon at Swiftwater Farm on Wisconsin’s Brule River. I cooked Elisabeth’s dinner for her one Sunday in late June many years ago, then bid her good-bye as she and her nurse were driven back to Glensheen. That night, […]

Hit Play Glensheen Based on Cable Publishing Book2016-07-28T16:53:51+00:00

Steven Fortney


Steven Fortney started life in Rogers, North Dakota, and was born on January 2, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father was an Army Chaplain (and later Pastor); the military family lived all over the U.S. and, after WWII, in Germany and Austria.
Steven’s military service includes Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Reserve Navy, and Army ROTC. His post-secondary education includes graduation from UW-Madison in Classics and Philosophy (1959); one year at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota (1960-61 term); and graduation from the School of Education at UW-Madison (1964).
His varied employment includes as a newspaperman (adman, reporter, columnist, and printer) for four years; a high school teacher for 31 years; a union negotiator […]

Steven Fortney2015-11-29T14:57:33+00:00

Oo-La-La, Olaf!


Oo-la-la, Olaf! bpt3dA few years ago, Olaf Danielson lay for several agonizing, frustrating days in a hospital bed – unmoving and with eyes closed – suffering from a severe vertigo attack. With plenty of time to think, he vowed that, if he could resume a normal life, he would fulfill the last item on the bucket list that he had written as a teen. And he had plenty of time to plan how he would accomplish that goal: to be a world record holder.
Boobies, Peckers and Tits: One Man’s Naked Perspective documents Olaf’s epic quest, which combined seeing as many species of birds In one year…while he was nude. […]

Oo-La-La, Olaf!2015-11-28T11:54:59+00:00

Terry Barnhart


terryTerry L. Barnhart first lived in Greensburg, Pennsylvania—a suburb of Pittsburgh. When Terry was thirteen, his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Terry attended Arizona State University and the University of Colorado, majoring in business administration and electrical engineering. In 1974, Terry founded Barnhart Advertising & Public Relations.
In early 1980, Terry first took flying lessons at the Centennial Airport in Denver and became familiar with Jeppesen navigation charts. He went on to get his license and flew high performance, single engine aircraft for over fifteen years.
In the 1990s, Terry and the Jeppesen Corporation’s affiliation began, and so did Terry’s interest in writing the story of Elrey B Jeppesen, “Capt. Jepp.” Over lunch one […]

Terry Barnhart2015-09-05T13:06:52+00:00

Rocky Lang


rockyRocky Lang has been involved in the motion picture and television business all his life. Growing up as the son of veteran producer and Universal Studios executive Jennings Lang, Rocky knew early on that he wanted to write, produce, and direct.
Lang set himself on a track that has seen him produce and direct five documentary films including the award-winning “The Making of Tootsie.” He produced “White Squall” for Disney/Hollywood Pictures, starring Jeff Bridges. He also produced the Emmy-Award winning “Titanic,” a 4-hour mini-series for CBS, and recently Executive Produced “Racing For Time” for Lifetime Television, starring Charles Dutton, which received a Best Picture nomination at The Image Awards.
Lang is also […]

Rocky Lang2015-09-05T13:03:52+00:00

Robert Barr Smith


robertRobert Barr Smith is a Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma Law Center. His specialty areas are legal writing and trial and appellate advocacy.
He entered the U. S. Army as a private in 1958 and was commissioned in the following year. He served in Vietnam with 4th Infantry Division, twice in Germany—a total of more than seven years—and with troop units and on posts throughout the United States. He is a Senior Parachutist and holds the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star, and other decorations. He retired from military service as a colonel.
He attended Stanford University, where he earned a BA in History and a Doctor […]

Robert Barr Smith2015-09-05T13:00:55+00:00

Olaf Danielson


olafOlaf Danielson was born and raised in the small northwestern Wisconsin town of Falun, a town named for Falun, Sweden, where all of the first settlers originated. Olaf grew up amid the stories and folklore of Sweden, and some of that folklore can be found in his Defenders of the Earth Series. His interests in world history, bird watching, and travel have guided him on a somewhat nomadic lifestyle that greatly enhance his stories.
Olaf attended Ripon College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. Licensed to practice medicine in five states, Olaf now runs a successful emergency room staffing business. He […]

Olaf Danielson2015-09-05T12:57:48+00:00

Nan Wisherd


nansonoraI grew up in the community of Brule, in northwestern Wisconsin, surrounded by the friends and relatives who gave me a deep sense of belonging. On Sunday afternoons, story telling about our ancestors and others who settled in the area was often my family’s entertainment.
Those tales plus my Grandma Jennie’s love for history gave me the desire to learn more about our region’s pre-settlement history.
I knew voyageurs traveled on our local Brule River during the fur trade era, but where they originated from and what their destinations were remained a mystery until I began researching for my first book, Pathways, The Earliest History of Northern Wisconsin’s Brule Region. My […]

Nan Wisherd2015-09-05T12:54:21+00:00
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