Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong was the inspiration for an evening of jazz and swing with the Birmingham Heritage Band at the Cooper House in downtown Huntsville, Alabama on October 6, 2013. Carol Ealons, Ardent Writer author of this fantastic and stirring history of jazz in Alabama and, more importantly, Birmingham’s place in the pantheon of jazz accomplishments, was in attendance signing autographs and books.
Bobby L. Hayden Historical Tours promoted the event along with the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society. Bobby and Howard Bankhead, Executive Director of the Jazz Society, were honored along with Heritage band leader, Tolton Rosser, by Richard Showers, Huntsville City Council for their support of jazz and its rich history.
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight. The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful. It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them. While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted. They persevered.
Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.
Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.
Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.
He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.