Live Author Event - Dennis Gaub
Charles Lindbergh, the most famous person in the world after his 1927 transatlantic flight and a legendary flier to this day, made a lasting impact on Montana. He first came to the Treasure State in 1922 as a wing walker and parachute jumper with a barnstorming outfit that performed at fairs and exhibitions in Billings, Lewistown, and neighboring communities. He returned to Montana in 1927 during his nationwide tour to promote commercial flight, and he visited the state several more times before his death in 1974. Lindbergh's influence on the state goes beyond airplanes and flight. He is credited with influencing Montana's efforts to conserve its natural beauty, and his vision lives on.
A timeless, coming-of-age story told through the eyes of Arne Schmitt, a boy growing up in Billings, Montana soon after the start of the 20th century. Arne doesn't want to take the safe route of becoming a baker like his father. Instead, he wants to own an airplane, become a pilot, and soar through Montana's big sky. It's not an easy goal to achieve. Arne needs to surmount several obstacles to make his dream come true.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Dennis Gaub knows Montana well. A Treasure State native, he was educated in Eastern Montana schools and graduated from high school in Billings. He earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University, spent 25 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, and retired after a second career in the software industry. He is the author of two previously published nonfiction books--Win 'Em All and Midway Bravery. He and his wife, Cathie, live in Billings where they garden, keep in touch with eight adult children and 18 grandchildren and enjoy their magnificent surroundings.