Introducing David Craft, author of Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute to the Hits, Misses and Forgotten Gems

“I would recommend Outskirts to anyone who is considering self-publishing. All with whom I exchanged e-mails are good people, and I appreciated their patience and input throughout the process.”

David Craft, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, has been a professional journalist for 40 years. While earning his journalism degree, he hosted his own Top 40 oldies show on the campus radio station. Prior to that he worked in the retail and wholesale record business for 12 years. He is the author of six other non-fiction books, mostly about baseball, and a member in questionable standing of a loose-knit group of retired broadcasters and radio engineers calling themselves the Microphonies, who meet once a month to swap stories and reminisce about the people they’ve known and the radio and TV stations around the country where they worked. Some of their stories are even true.

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Explore the rich history of Top 40 radio. Millions of people grew up listening to Top 40 hits on the radio, a format that drew from multiple styles of music to create a soundscape mirroring the diverse nature of its listening audience. Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, you’ll enjoy taking a step back in time to visit cherished old friends in Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute To The Hits, Misses And Forgotten Gems-a book that spotlights the songs and artists representing the Top 40’s richest years. The author includes thousands of songs he would play if he had his own “oldies” show today as he tips his cap to the disc jockeys all across the country who spun these songs for three decades!

Introducing Sandra Nardone, author of Ellis Island Immigrants: Faces of America

“I’m very happy with both the process and the outcome. Dana made it near painless! Thank you again.”

Sandra Nardone has created art for as long as she can remember. According to her mother, when she was four years old she made her own “earrings” by drawing and coloring flowers, cutting them out, and stringing them on bobby pins! When her children were young, she ran a small business making dollhouse dolls in period costumes. The dolls were sold on Fifth Avenue in New York City and were featured in several books. An award-winning graphic artist/designer for several large corporations, Sandra also freelanced, and performed contract work. When she retired, she decided to devote herself to painting full-time, studying under several artists whose work she admired. “I work exclusively in oils and prefer painting on panels. My style is representational, with some aspects of impressionism. I love to paint portraits, landscapes, florals, and still life. I found the black and white photos of these immigrants and was immediately drawn to the amazing range of emotions on their faces. I knew that I had to try to bring them to life with my brushes! We are, after all, all immigrants.” Sandra now lives in Prince George, VA, with her husband Steve Cormier and their Brussels Griffon, Simone.

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Ellis Island Immigrants: Faces of America by Sandra Nardone. This fine artist shares her poignant oil portraits and the original black and white photographs from which they were painted. Each piece of art is accompanied by a bit of Ellis Island history. “Today, over 100 million Americans-about one-third of the population- can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first arrived in America at Ellis Island before dispersing to points all over the country.” Wikipedia

Introducing Kyle Wasmer, author of Three Days Short of Three Years

“I’m looking forward to working with you again and again.”

Kyle Wasmer has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Hardin Simmons University, with a number of hours in a master’s degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. I am currently membered with Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas.

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To Infinity & Beyond! Is it possible you were predestined by God, before the creation of this world came forth? If it’s possible, you may be an undercover brother and sister; one or the other to unite as a country; rather than, divide as a world. Is it possible that Herod the Tetrarch expressed his eros love to the daughter of Herodias, in admiration of her request? Thus producing the domino effect of King Herod’s phileo love for John the Baptist, by using another prisoner (sacrificial in thought) for his supposed pig face on a platter; in admiration of John’s wisdom and insight revealed in his concern with Herod’s brother Philip. All the while, producing waves of agape love towards the Alpha & Omega in currents of psychedelic effect that are beyond human comprehension. Is it possible that the birth of our beloved Christ was extra-terrestrial? If it’s possible, you should get extra-terrestrial with me.

Introducing Jo D. Tanenbaum, author of GET to the POINT: A History of the Pencil

“My rep, Jamie, was kind, efficient, prompt and knowledgeable.”

Jo Tanenbaum grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Florida State University, where she received a Ph.D. in French Literature. She taught French to middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty years. She and her husband now live in Los Angeles, California.. She has written FDR and the Dime: the Defeat of Polio and Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop and Beyond.

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We have a big selection of writing instruments today—3D pens, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, watercolor pencils, rollerball pens, and gel ink pens. Technology never stops. Fads come and go. But through thick and thin, there’s one writing instrument that’s still around—the pencil. This book relates the journey of this humble survivor. And what a journey it has been—Egypt, Rome, Athens, Siberia, England, Germany, the United States. The reader will discover that it takes a world of resources to produce the simple pencil.

Introducing Ed Robinette, author of Dominica

“Everyone that I worked with at Outskirts Press was professional, and friendly. I would have liked to have met them in person. I love my book, and have some good comments on the cover and contents, from the members of the Chattanooga Writers Guild.”

Ed Robinette began writing at the age of 84 after his wife of 58 Years, Margaret passed away following a long illness. He retired from the Coca-Cola Company after twenty years, while his wife served at White Oak Baptist Church for thirty years. He lives in Chattanooga Tn. He has two children, six grandchildren, and four great-grand children. He volunteers with the Red Cross and with Hospice of Chattanooga. He is a member of the Chattanooga Writers Guild. He is the author of The Adventures of a Young Marine, and SARA, both published in 2011. He served with the Marine Corps during World War 2. And was in three major battles in the Pacific.

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This story is about the life of a young man, named Jim Baxter who is injured in the War and tired of seeing the killing decides to go to medical school and become a doctor to serve his fellow man. While in school he suffers a life threatening accident that leaves him scarred and deformed. Ashamed of his appearance, he decides to live on the island of Dominica, where he hopes that no one will care about his appearance. In his quest to still practice medicine, he devotes himself to the Carib Indians, a native people that live on the tiny island. As the story unfolds, Jim touches the lives of others, as his life is touched by the hand of God. “Ed Robinette has done an excellent job with sharp visuals to bring the reader right into the story. In no time you are there following the characters as they move around the island. Robinette has that rare ability to make a movie inside the head of any reader. I loved the fact that it was so easy and fun to read. I am sure he will have many more as he clearly love to tell a story.” -Lantz Powell. President Chattanooga Writers Guild