Any lineup of famous Maplewoodians would have to include Willard McGregor. I have to include him even though I posted every single piece of information that I have about him last year on March the 19th. Even so he truly is worth taking another look at. Like Ray and Tom Kennedy, he became known in his spheres of interest, painting and music, in a far wider community than our small one here. All three hobnobbed with other artists who were also widely known. Is that part of the definition of being famous?
Also I would like to mention that I have teamed up with the Maplewood Community Betterment Foundation (MCBF) to rerelease the book I put together with Joyce Cheney for the 100th anniversary of our fair city. The title of the book is, “The First One Hundred Years, Maplewood MO”. Copies are only available at Scheidt Hardware (where they are selling briskly thanks to my book pusher, Ben Reynolds) at 7320 Manchester, the Mid County Chamber of Commerce (AKA MCBF) at 7326A Manchester and The Book House at 7352 Manchester. You’ll need twenty bucks. All profit goes to the MCBF.
I have added “Volume One – Second Printing ” to the cover of the first book. The reason being that my second book titled, “Maplewood History – Volume Two” is now at the printer. I expect the page proofs any day now. Once received I’ll make some adjustments and then the book will be available as soon as the printer can get them to me. It is exciting to see this thing that has been whirling in the ether for the last five years finally coalesce into a physical presence on the table in front of me or in front of you. I will have more about this later.
Finally, thanks to everyone for your support and interest. This continues to be a good way to spend part of my retirement.