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When Ed Mechenbier retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in June 2004, he held the distinction of being the oldest former Vietnamese POW and Air Force general still in uniform on flying status.

One of eight children made attending college financially difficult. When his father bet him $5 that he could get an appointment to the Air Force Academy, Ed accepted the challenge. That decision set the course for a career that lasted forty years.

During those years, Ed went from being a high-spirited fighter pilot full of hopes and dreams to a prisoner of war, held in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He lived through hell at the merciless hands of prison guards and tortuous interrogators, but never lost his sense of humor or duty to his country. Life on a $5 Bet tells how he survived those dark days and went on to become a general officer by holding to values learned at the Academy: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Ed gives the reader a glimpse into his zany life as a test pilot, lobbyist, squadron commander, spy, member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, golfer, syndicated television air show commentator, sales engineer with major aircraft companies, devoted family man, and pilot of the C-141, dubbed the Hanoi Taxi on a repatriation flight to Vietnam in 2004.

And, oh yes, he is still the world's greatest fighter pilot.

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The first part of this book contains the translated and edited chapters from Gustav Tafel’s writings on the Cincinnati Germans in the Civil War. Tafel (1830-1908) helped organize the Cincinnati’s 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, known as the Turner Regiment, and later served as commander of the 106th OVI. After the Civil War he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and later served as mayor of Cincinnati.
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Jim LaBarbara, dubbed "The Music Professor," a name given to him when he worked in Cincinnati with WLW, WCKY, WSAI, and WGRR FM, among others. The moniker became prophetic as he earned a master's degree in broadcasting and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. A respected musicologist on early rock and roll, he was named one of the "Top 40 Radio Personalities of All Time," is listed in the Rock Jock Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Radio/Television/Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio. Working throughout the years under the names of Jimmy Holiday in Meadville, Titusville, and DuBois, Pennsylvania, and J. Bentley Starr in Erie, Pennsylvania, he began using his real name on WKYC and WIXY in Cleveland and Denver.

 

Jim shares his honest firsthand account of his experience during a dynamic and sometimes turbulent life on and off the radio. He was there when the controversy of playing music performed by black artists was coming to an end, and was later innocently thrust in the middle of the payola scandals. When Jim LaBarbara did his first radio show in 1959 he couldn't have imagined it would lead to a Hall of Fame career that spanned more than fifty years; one where he would work on some of the country's most powerful stations. There have been a couple of "Guardian Angels" in his life and a "Hell's Angel" who saved his life.

For those who grew up in the '50s and the baby boomer generation, along with others interested in pop culture, this story will transport you back to the beginning of rock music. Jim was with the Supremes, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. He interviewed hundreds of entertainers including Bill Haley, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, James Brown, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Diamond, John Denver, and others. It is with the help of these interviews that he tells his own story and in so doing gives a unique perspective of the history of rock 'n' roll.

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The German-American architectural heritage is more clearly and strongly reflected in the Over-the-Rhine district than in any place in the city. Even its name connotes its origin. The Miami-Erie Canal, now covered by Central Parkway, was dubbed the "Rhine" in the nineteenth century, as when one crossed over it, one entered the German district. A walking tour through the district and its surroundings reveal a treasure trove of German architectural heritage. This publication supplements the tours that Don Henrich Tolzmann regularly leads through this area of Cincinnati.

Foreword by Gregory Hardman
Introduction by Michael Morgan

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A brief history of the 822nd Engineer Aviation Battalion and related SCARWAF (Special Category Army Reassigned With Air Force) units that served at K-2 Taegu during the Korean War.
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This is a historical novel that illustrates and illuminates the German-American heritage. An important historical novel by a woman who, as a young girl, lived in the area dubbed Wooden Shoe Hollow—an area populated by German-born vegetable growers called truck farmers. The story takes place around the turn of the twentieth century and characterizes the people who lived in the area and describes real places and events—a wonderful book for anyone who is trying to learn of the German-American experience.
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Most of the men in this unit, the original Persimmon Regiment, were recruited from Butler, Montgomery, Warren, and Preble counties. The reader will learn a little about the settlement of the area and follow along with the soldiers on the fringes of the war before proving to be the best of combat soldiers in the Army of the Cumberland's two battles for Chattanooga, Tennessee. You will read about the soldiers' personal experiences with harsh conditions, enemy soldiers, Southern hostility, and escaped slaves and begin to feel what it was like to spend three years in the middle of America's most terrible war. The author has had a lifelong interest in history and developed a strong fascination with the Civil War after digging for relics in the fields around Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is a member of the Butler County Historical Society and a former docent at the Butler County Museum. Mr. Fugitt is currently serving as a member of the Butler County, Ohio, Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and is helping to develop the Butler County Civil War 150 Web site.
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Foreword by Gregory Hardman

 

Christian Moerlein was born in Truppach, Bavaria, in 1818. After working as a blacksmith apprentice he learned the trade of brewing from his uncle in Germany. In 1841 he immigrated to America and worked his way from his arrival point in Baltimore to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Wheeling, (West) Virginia; and Portsmouth and Henricksburg, Ohio, before arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio. After many struggles, Moerlein built a brewing company that became an empire. By the time of his death in 1897, it had become the largest brewery in Ohio and one of the five largest in the United States. Although the Christian Moerlein Brewery did not survive Prohibition, the reputation of its founder has only increased in stature as Cincinnati's foremost Over-the-Rhine beer baron whose exceptional brews contributed greatly to Cincinnati's place in the annals of brewing history as a major brewing center. With no journals, letters, or papers left behind, Don Henrich Tolzmann has been able to weave together the life of this legendary brewer through the writings and translations of early biographers and historians with supplemental information on other notable beer barons in the Cincinnati area.