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Latest Event Schedule for William Hazelgrove

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Barnes and noble spring hill mall april 8
May 3rd Geneva library
bloomingdale library may 9th
The Book Store Glen Ellyn May 6
Magic tree book store may 13
barnes and noble naperville may 20
barnes and noble Geneva may 27
centures and sleuthes june 3
Printers Row Chicago literary festival june 10
Printers Row June 11
barnes and noble geneva june 17
barnes and noble crystal lake june 18
evergreen park library july 18
cliff dwellers club july 19
mount prospect library june 20th

Wednesday April 5 Evergreen Park Library Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

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Presentation Rotary One Chicago Forging a President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in General News | Comments Off on Presentation Rotary One Chicago Forging a President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

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Forging a President

Presentation on New Book Forging A President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt April 4th 5 30 PM Rotary One Chicago

Forging A President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

Prologue How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosvelt

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in General News | Comments Off on Prologue How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosvelt

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Forging a President

1912

Teddy Roosevelt had just finished dinner at the Gilpatrick Hotel in Milwaukee and was walking to his car—he was to give a speech in the Milwaukee Auditorium. The election of 1912 had been vitriolic with Roosevelt bolting the Republican Party and forming his own third party, the Bull Moose Party. Roosevelt was sure he could beat the incumbent William Howard Taft and the Democratic candidate, the former Princeton President, Woodrow Wilson. He reveled in giving speeches and attacking Taft as incompetent, and Wilson as an egghead who had the demeanor of a “druggist.” He now planned to deliver another rousing speech and had the fifty-page manuscript stuffed in his coat pocket, folded twice behind his steel glasses case.

John Schrank, a thirty-six-year-old psychotic and former New York saloonkeeper, approached Theodore Roosevelt. Schrank believed that deceased President McKinley had spoken to him in his dreams, proclaiming that no man should run for a third term. Schrank had bought a fourteen-dollar Colt .38 and fifty-five cents worth of bullets, and had been following Roosevelt through New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, and Tennessee, ever since the dead McKinley had risen in his coffin and pointed to him and said, “Avenge my death.” While waiting to shoot Roosevelt in Milwaukee, he had passed the time drinking beer in a local bar and smoking Jack Pot cigars. Now his opportunity came. Roosevelt had just sat down in an open car in front of the hotel. Schrank approached him and Roosevelt rose to shake his hand when the assassin raised the .38 caliber pistol and fired.

Roosevelt fell back into the car as the bullet entered his chest after piercing the steel glasses case and the folded manuscript pages of his speech. The bullet entered under his right nipple and lodged in his ribs. The ex-President immediately took out a handkerchief and dabbed his mouth to see if his lungs had been hit. He then proclaimed he wouldn’t go to the hospital, but would deliver his scheduled speech. Dr. Terrell, his physician, insisted he go to the hospital. Roosevelt would have none of it. “You get me to that speech. It may be the last one I shall deliver, but I am going to deliver this one!”

Theodore Roosevelt went to the auditorium and spoke for more than ninety minutes while bleeding under his coat—thundering to the crowd the immortal line, “It takes more than a bullet to stop a bull moose!”1 The crowd loved it. And when Roosevelt went to the hospital, the doctors opted to leave the bullet lodged in his chest. He sent a telegram to his wife Edith, informing her that he was not nearly as badly hurt as he had been falling from a horse. He boarded a train for a Chicago hospital and changed into a clean shirt and asked for a hot shave. He hummed as he shaved and then climbed into the train compartment bed and fell asleep, sleeping like a child. In the press, people expressed astonishment that a man who had been shot at point-blank range could give a speech for an hour and a half. But they truly expected no less from Teddy Roosevelt. The sickly, asthmatic son of a rich man in Manhattan was born in the East; the Bull Moose who spoke for an hour and a half with a .38 caliber bullet lodged in his chest, well, he was born in the West.

Forging A President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

Early Reviewer Giveaway Forging a President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

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Drunk History Edith Wilson in the White House

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in General News | Comments Off on Drunk History Edith Wilson in the White House

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Historically accurate Drunk History…very funny.

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#1 Fan of The Pitcher Henry Getting Stronger

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in General News | Comments Off on #1 Fan of The Pitcher Henry Getting Stronger

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When Jennifer Regan the school librarian texted me to ask if I would speak to a boy who had been brutally assaulted in a middle school in South Elgin because The Pitcher was his favorite book and she felt if I would go see him in the ICU in the hospital it would lift his spirits… I said sure. I did not know about Henry but then of course I did and was shocked along with everyone else at what happened to this seventh grader. So I spoke with his mother who told me they had come home and would I come to the house. Absolutely.

I did some more research and saw that Anthony Rizzo among others had lent their support in fact it seemed the whole Cubs team was all about supporting Henry. #henrystrong was fast becoming a big twitter feed with people all over the country giving the middle school pitcher encouragement. This would be a first for me. Authors spend most of their time holed up over garages or in attics and then the rest of the time beating the promotion tom tom where you feel akin to an aluminum siding salesman hawking your wares. So this would be nice

Henry was just like any other boy, full of dreams, hopes. We talked baseball, pitching, cubs. I told him the story of how I came to write The Pitcher which is the story of a boy with a dream to make the high school baseball team. Henry is almost the same age as Ricky and will be facing that same challenge soon. And then after signing a book and a poster it was time to go. Much too fast but the family has it’s hands full with the many aspects of an event where normal life is put on hold as media, lawyers, doctors move in.

Little did I know that when I wrote about a boy with everything against him with a single dream to become a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs one day,.. I would meet him in the flesh. Go Henry.
Go #henrystrong.