Below are short summaries of the different groups of books in my collection. Click on the large cover images below to see more details about each book. "Buy Now" buttons will direct you to Lulu.com, where you can purchase copies using credit card or PayPal.
These Are The Voyages: A History of the Ships, Aircraft, and Spacecraft Named Enterprise
My first book, which was published in 2011 and updated to a 2nd edition in 2013, is the result of more than 20 years of research into the history of ships, aircraft, and spacecraft that, throughout the years, have carried the name “Enterprise.” The stories of 75 of those vessels – spanning from the days of the Spanish Armada to the fictional future of Star Trek – are detailed in the book and accompanied by many historic photos and illustrations, as well as a wealth of additional information in the appendices.
Island Boy Meets Island Girl: Our Life on the Rock
[Note: 2013 1st Edition Title - Island Boy: My Life on the Rock]
After I had retired, I became interested in genealogy but realized that, when I was growing up, I had never asked my parents and other relatives about their family histories. The same was true for my wife Helena. Although this book is primarily my autobiography, it is also an attempt to document and preserve some of Helena's and my family histories and our personal stories about growing up on St. Thomas, which is often referred to by its residents as “The Rock.” The book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of family photos and includes appendices that present simplified family trees for Helena's and my paternal and maternal ancestors.
The Ventures Essential Albums Discography
This book is a personal tribute to my favorite musical group, the instrumental rock and roll band “The Ventures.” They have been actively recording and touring since 1958. In 2008, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in recognition of their being the most successful instrumental rock and roll band in the world and for having been a major positive influence on the careers of many later rock and roll musicians. This book serves as a directory to the music of “The Ventures” and includes album cover art, release information, and complete song lists for albums that would give a collector at least one example of each of the 1,171 songs recorded by “The Ventures” through December 31, 2014.
Island Boy Photobooks
I have also put together a series of seven “photobooks,” through which I can share and preserve a treasure trove of old and new family photos. The first of those photobooks, subtitled The U.S. Virgin Islands, includes more than 300 photographs showing the Virgin Islands through a period of 115 years, from 1900 to 2014. Other volumes in the photobook series include: Pacific Island Tours, Walt Disney World, Air and Space, and My Life in Pictures (volumes 1, 2, 3). Each book contains hundreds of captioned photos – most in full color and printed on heavy stock, glossy paper – taken over the years by me or by family members.
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