Tuxedo Junction – Right Back Where I Belong by Carol P. Ealons is published by The Ardent Writer Press
Tuxedo Junction – Right Back Where I Belong by Carol P. Ealons was published on July 26, 2013. Carol’s wonderful and era-tasting delight about Birmingham, Alabama’s rightful place in the history of jazz, is endorsed by several notables, including Dr. Robert O’Mealey, Director of Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies, Bobby L. Hayden, honor guard for President Kennedy and historian for the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society, Soott Yanow, Author of ten jazz books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Swing, Bebop, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76, and Frank “Doc” Adams, inaugural member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Director of Education Emeritus at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
Carol captures all of the senses and background of the musicians, the city and its people, the toe-tapping music and the men who made it happen. Most often, these men were over-looked by history but it was their hearts and souls that were the instruments of success of the jazz and swing era.
Singled out is a man who did not make his name performing but gave up performance to teach and mentor so many of these talented musicians, John T. “Fess” Whatley.
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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.