All members have the right to submit an article, short story, essay, photo, illustration, or poem for the 2012 Anthology. The book is published at Conference time in September each year. Conference goers receive one in their conference bag so that they can use it as a yearbook, getting the signatures of their fellow MWSA members for a special keepsake. Other MWSA members can purchase one through Amazon. Send your submissions to MWSA VP Mike Mullins through the contact note on his profile in the Membership Roster.
by Ann DeWitt
Title: In Their Honor: The Men Behind the Names of Our Military Installations
Author: Linda Swink
Genre: Non-Fiction, Reference
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1932250514
In Their Honor is a collection of 524 biographies of men who have had a military installation named in his honor. The book gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of military heroes from privates to generals, aviation pioneers, prisoners of war, civilians, astronauts, and explorers and scientists who either gave their lives for our country or in some way made a major contribution to our nation. All branches of the military are included plus bases in Germany, Korea, Army Airfields, Air and National Guard Bases and other overseas installations.
Research – The Rule of Three
By Blaine L. Pardoe
While I write in a lot of different genres, I do most of my research in military history and true crime. I leverage a number of archives, historical societies, etc., in my work – just like many of you. In doing this I wanted to pass on a tip that I have found useful. I call it “The Rule of Three.”
Title: Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel
Author: Philip W. Stewart
Genre: Non-Fiction, Reference
Reviewer: Bill McDonald
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 097932436X
Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel is summed up best by its sub-title, "A Reference Guide to the Aviation Related Stories Released Nationally by Universal Pictures, 1929-1931." It’s a useful and practical resource guide to the aviation people, places and events of August 1929 through December 1931, as seen through the camera lens of the Universal Newspaper Newsreel, as the reel was known back then.
Aerial Aces contains descriptions of 219 aviation-related stories released by Universal during that time period. Stories are listed in release order and each is identified with the title, reel number, event date, location, and length. Each story has a storyline based on the newsreel synopsis sheets, a description the moving images, a word-for-word copy of the original narration script, and production and historical information, as appropriate.
The stories contained within Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel, provide a timeless reference to moving images of the aviation related activities covered during the first three years of the Universal Newspaper Newsreel. To see history as it actually happened is enlightening, instructive, and often rather dramatic. Too read about it is pretty cool too.