As you might expect the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, are the stars of the show because of their invention of powered flight, one of the great accomplishments of the 20th century. Some other men who are featured are John H. Patterson, the mastermind behind NCR; the extraordinary inventor Charles Kettering; Arthur Morgan, the man who brought flood control to the area after the tragic 1913 flood; and James Cox, former governor of Ohio, presidential candidate, and the founder of the Dayton Daily News.
Dayton was the Wright place for aviation
These men were in similar orbits — Bernstein does a fine job of blending their individual stories and detailing their accomplishments in this highly readable and entertaining volume. The author made an appearance on my radio show back when the book was originally released. I am thrilled at the prospect of conducting a second interview for this same book in a different century.
You can be part of it. We’re hoping for a good turnout. This beautiful new facility has seating for 200 audience members. Are you a regular reader of this column? Do you listen to my radio conversations with authors? Are you interested in Dayton’s history? I hope to meet you in person.
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When you listen to the radio you use your imagination. We hear the familiar voices of the announcers and form our own mental images of them. Some years ago there was an open house at WYSO, and a listener asked: “Are you Vick Mickunas? Really?” I said, “Yes, I am.” She answered: “You can’t be Vick Mickunas! On the radio you sound so short!” We laughed.
I hope to see you at the Dayton Metro Library on March 17.
WANT TO GO?
What: The Book Nook on the Road, a radio interview with Mark Bernstein for his book "Grand Eccentrics — Turning the Century: Dayton and the Inventing of America." The interview will be followed by a book signing with the author. Copies of the book will be available.
Where: The Main Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third St. in Dayton.
When: March 17 at 2 p.m.
Information: (937) 463-2665 and DaytonMetroLibrary.org.