Hey there Friends and Readers, Podcasts are awesome! When Apple first thought of the iPod it was intended primarily for the music world. Perhaps Apple didn’t anticipate the universal popularity and acceptance of the talk show format. I was thrilled that Jerry Christianson invited me to guest on his show “The Seminary Explores Podcast,” to talk about the significance of Little Big Horn Battle. Over the past 140 years, the Battle of Little Big Horn is one that is studied, analyzed, argued and scrutinized repeatedly. I suspect that every blade of grass on this battlefield is somehow controversial. It has been a fascination of mine for well over thirty years. I must admit my feelings about Custer and the Battle have changed as my research intensified, and my knowledge increased. Jerry and I discussed Custer’s character. On the one hand, it radiated charisma and confidence, a certain swagger, characteristic of cavalry officers, and on the other demonstrated an egotistical attitude, refusal to accept advice, and failure to communicate well with subordinate officers. We covered various strategies and approaches of the US Government in its desire to settle the West. One of the most interesting topics was the plight of the Indians after winning the battle. They were pursued relentlessly by the US Army until many settled on the Great Reservation, and many more fled North across the Canadian border. We discussed the differences in the approach to what was seen as the “Indian problem” between the US and Canadian Governments. The US being more a military approach and Canada being more an obey-the-law police type approach. I discuss this further in my book. I will let you know as soon as the Podcast is on line. I hope you will tune in and enjoy these exciting and interesting topics
Hello Friends, and Readers, the past weekend was one that we always look forward to spending with fellow authors and the staff of Schiffer Publishing. Each year Schiffer hosts a family-style get-together for its authors, distributors, agents and staff. We get to meet and socialize with everyone that makes publishing possible for us. I got a chance to talk with my editor, Bob Biondi, and tell him that he did a super job on the layout of my latest book Artifacts of the Battle of the Little Big Horn: Custer, the 7th Cavalry & the Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors. Also, I got to thank Jamie Elfrank, the marketing champ, for all her efforts during my June trip to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana and to solve a few current problems. She really came through. Of course, it was especially great to talk to Pete Schiffer, CEO, about the book and all the upcoming events. A couple of my fellow authors shared a sneak preview of their soon to be published books: Discovering Princeton, by Jennifer Jang and Wiebke Martens and Gulls of North America, by Fred Shaffer. It was a fun day, great food and a wonderful time to catch up with the folks at Schiffer, thank a lot of people that make “it” all happen, and make new friends.
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I’m excited about the Catoctin Colorfest! Thanks to Jim Rada, a friend and fine author, I will be at the 53rd Catoctin Colorfest. We will share a booth and table at the event to talk about and sign our books. Colorfest takes place on October 8 & 9, 2016, in the Community Park on Frederick Road, Thurmont, MD. The hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Breakfast is available from various food vendors starting at 7:00 AM. A shuttle bus service is available from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is free to Colorfest, but a nominal fee is charged at the parking locations throughout the town.
In addition to Colorfest, there is a book event introducing “Artifacts of the Little Big Horn: Custer, the 7th Cavalry & the Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors,” on Friday, October 14th at Adams County Arts Center,
125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA. I will talk a bit about the new book and the rather amazing journey to its completion. Each attendee will receive a copy of the Little Big Horn book, which I will personalize and sign. There will be light fare, wine, and much socializing.
We are also busy working on the schedule for various book fairs and signings during the latter part of 2016, and the entire next year, 2017. Just to name one, I will be setting up next to my good friend and awesome artist, Keith Rocco, at the World Model Expo in Chicago in July 2017.
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