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To Lasso the Clouds: The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium

Date / Time: 6/12/2016 3:00 PM


Please join us on Sunday, June 12th as local author Dan A. Aldridge, Jr. discusses his book, To Lasso the Clouds: The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia. In his book, he corrects century-old stories and expands the history of flight in Georgia to include Ben T. Epps, Sr.'s partner in engineering and flight, Zumpt A. Huff. 


From the press release:
          To Lasso the Clouds sets the historical record straight and brings to light the complete, incredible story of the two young men from Athens, Georgia who achieved their dream of flight. Ben T. Epps and Zumpt A. Huff were described by one newspaper after that first flight as a "second pair of Wright brothers." 
           On their journey to build a machine capable of sustained, controlled flight, this unlikely pair crossed paths with some of the world's greatest icons, including: Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company; Glen Curtis, father of Naval Aviation and founder of the American Aircraft Industry; Alessandro Anzani, an Italian, world-famous for designing and building motorcycle and airplane engines; Louis Blériot, a Frenchman, who was the first person in the world to fly a monoplane; and Bobby Walthour of Atlanta, Georgia, World Champion bicyclist in 1904 and 1905, and perhaps the greatest athlete in the world at the time.
             Most surprising of all, this book reveals their flight was the first flight of a monoplane in the United States--a record of which even they were not aware.

Dan A. Aldridge, Jr. is a semi-retired business consultant currently living in Winterville. He is vice president of the Friends of Georgia Libraries, and earlier this year, he received the American Library Association's White House Conference and Library and Information Services Award for his work and advocacy. He has a BS degree in Commerce from the University of VIrginia and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. His book is published by Mercer University Press.

You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear about Athens' place in aviation history. The program is free and open to the public, and a reception and book signing will follow the presentation. 

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 
3:00 PM
Appleton Auditorium
Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street

Free parking is available in the library parking lot and the overflow lot off of Dudley Street, and a map is provided below. 

We hope to see you there!




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