This page is designed to promote the work of Kettering alumni who have published books. To be included, send your name, photo and a link to where your book can be purchased to phayes(at)kettering(dot)edu.
Here There Be Dragons
Written by Bill Stolpin ’65, the book, is a 52-page collection of castle and dragon drawings. In 1992, Bill began drawing his “The Dream Lives On” posters for sale in his shop at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. This book collects 20 years of these drawings, along with thumbnail sketches and text for each poster, sharing with the reader what was going through Bill’s head while he drew each one.
From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate
Written by Cleamon Moorer Jr. ’99, the book, “shares insights, experiences, and a miraculous story of how God can transform the real you into the ideal you. Dr. Moorer tells about his journey from being a college flunk-out to becoming an engineer and ultimately a university professor.”
What Happens Next?
Rick Schostek ’80 is the parent of a son with autism and an advocate for all people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. His book, What Happens Next?, is about his experiences raising his son. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he has served as President of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Autism Society of America, and on the boards of the Autism Society of Ohio and the Autism Society of Alabama. He was a member of the Ohio Governor’s Autism Task Force and the Franklin County (Ohio) Board of Developmental Disabilities. He also served on the boards of Creative Housing and Talladega College. He and his family live in Dublin, Ohio. Rick holds a day job in the automobile industry.
Launching a Leadership Revolution
Chris Brady ’90 and Orrin Woodward ’90 have recognized this need and have jointly created an in-depth, step-by-step guide for developing leadership skills.
Utilizing an abundance of historical examples, the authors have developed a unique 5-step plan that charts a course for creating and maintaining strong leadership in any organization.
The Two Minute Drill: Lessons for Rapid Organizational Improvement from America’s Greatest Game
Authors Clinton Longenecker, Greg Papp ’70 and Timothy Stansfield reveal that all too often business organizations are defeated while the clock is still ticking. Bogged down by sluggish business practices that stifle change, they are unable to pick up the pace when necessary to score and win. The Two-Minute Drill translates football’s lessons for business leaders who want to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.
The Business of Winning
The Business of Winning, by Robert Evangelista ’89, “draws parallels between the world of sports and the world of business, offering a fun-filled, practical, and highly effective way for managers to coach their work teams to success.
Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism
We don’t have an energy crisis, according to Ozzie Zehner ’97. We have a consumption crisis. Zehner’s book, Green Illusions, takes aim at cherished assumptions regarding energy and offers refreshingly straight talk about what’s wrong with the way we think and talk about the problem. Though we generally believe we can solve environmental problems with more energy—more solar cells, wind turbines, and biofuels—alternative technologies come with their own side effects and limitations. How, for instance, do solar cells cause harm? Why can’t engineers solve wind power’s biggest obstacle? Why will future environmentalists resist electric cars and hybrids?
Applying S88: Batch Control from a User’s Perspective
The release of the ISA-88 standard for batch manufacturing led to revolutionary advances in the way factories design, implement, and integrate flexible, modular processes. Applying S88: Batch Control from a User’s Perspective explains the standard in clear, user-friendly language. Jim Parshall ’88 and Larry Lamb discuss their implementation of ISA-88 in a lighthearted style, offering examples and explanations to make it applicable across a wide range of industries.
Lieutenant Curtis Z. Pratt
Written by Jon DeLos Reed, BSIE ’64, the book chronicles a great great grandfather’s adventures in the Civil War, sailing around Florida with Michigan’s 6th regiment, in a startling invasion of the deep south at the Battle of New Orleans. At Port Hudson, longest siege in U.S. military history, he is one of three men from twenty volunteers to reconnoiter the fort and survive. Awarded a battlefield commission to 1st Lieutenant in the 1st Regiment Corps d’Afrique, he is a white officer who trains and leads a company of black enlisted men, mostly former slaves, into back-country combat against hardened enemy infantry.
Pauline Cushman: Spy of the Cumberland
Pauline Cushman was a nineteenth-century actress and for a brief period during the Civil War, a spy for the North. Her success as a spy was doubtful, but the character she became by that experience overshadowed any lack of success. as she continued to live the roll for thirty years after the war. “Pauline Cushman” was the stage name for Harriet Wood, who grew up in Michigan. In this book, the first full biography, William Christen ’70 sorts through the pieces of evidence to draw a more complete and accurate portrait of the woman, placing her within the social setting of the era. Much more than a book about the Civil War, we learn about mid-nineteenth century theater and gender roles in the Wild West, featuring a cast ranging from impresario P. T. Barnum to future president James Garfield.
Integrity – Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit
We are tri-dimensional beings; physical, mental and spiritual. This book, by Al Arens ’62, takes a practical look at how when we grow in any one area of life all of the other areas are influenced. A major portion of this book examines how spirituality is a major factor in life; often ignored because of the difficulty in defining this power. Our spirituality is closely related to our feelings. Suggestions are offered for growth in any area if so desired.
The authors, Frank L. Cooke ’62 and Andrea Cooke, became multi-millionaires through acquiring and operating residential rental properties. They feel anyone with reasonable intelligence, common sense and a willingness to make a diligent effort can master their techniques and also become affluent. In a highly readable, entertaining story, the authors show you how to find real wealth through rental real estate. Follow book characters Joe and Jane as they become millionaires in 15 years. Mentored by a friendly couple (the Cookes), with years of success behind them, Joe and Jane learn all the tricks of the trade when it becomes to acquiring and operating rental properties. With little cash, they start with a small duplex housing a troublesome tenant, and go from there.
Only the Living
Born into abject poverty in southern Italy, Nicholas was abandoned by an uncaring father who immigrated to America leaving behind his wife and two little boys. Twelve years later, Nick’s father sends for him and he travels to America. Here, his story of struggle continues as he marries Anna and strives to raise a family during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The years that follow are both heartwarming and bittersweet.
Entertaining and emotional, Only the Living is a life story that could fit any one of the many thousands of European immigrants who brought to America the muscle and integrity that made it a great nation.
A collection of poetry written over a span of sixty years, Manfredo’s early writings reflect the idealism, spirituality and wonderment of youth, questioning the meaning of life and describing dreams and aspirations. The collection then traces the evolution of his style into a sophisticated and passionate maturity. During the last score of years his poetry demonstrates and acceptance of the realities of life, sometimes expressing a sense of both resignation and whimsy.
As a life presented in poetry, After Midnight offers a journey of emotional growth which
finally and inevitably arrives at an awareness and graceful acceptance of mortality.
The Trained Killers
The Korean War is over. A crop of college graduates in engineering and the sciences, who had received deferments due to enrollment in “critical skills,” are now drafted and arrive at Fort Dix, New Jersey for basic training and the start of their service with the Scientific and Professional Detachment. Author Joseph N. Manfredo’s ’54 The Trained Killers brings us the story of the troops of the S&P Detachment as they serve their country and the conflicting demands of their twin gods—science and the military. In his humorous, true-to-life style, Manfredo recounts a series of vignettes of what army life was like for these unique troops during basic training and after assignment to the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
When Sputnik is launched by the Russians the Cold War grows more intense and gives the engineers, scientists and scullions of the S&P Detachment renewed, though futile, hope for a more efficient use of their talents in the few remaining days ahead.
Oh! Hast Thou Forgotten
The book begins in the summer of 1862 in Kent County, Michigan, and it ends with the close of the Gettysburg Campaign on July 14, 1863. George T. Patten enlists in the 6th Michigan Cavalry Regiment. It is mustered into the U. S. Cavalry and departs for Washington City on December 10, 1862. His regiment is dispatched to the Gettysburg Campaign, under the command of Brig. Gen. George A. Custer. The campaign ends at the Battle of Falling Waters, where Sgt. George Thomas Patten pays the ultimate price of liberty. Hamilton is gr. gr. grandson of Sgt. Patten.
Shiloh to Durham Station, 18th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment: With Captain Robert S. McMichael’s Civil War Letters
The book begins in the early winter of 1861 in Bad Ax County, Wisconsin, and it ends in 1865 with the Grand March in Washington, D. C. after the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston at Durham Station, NC. It is an historical account of the Civil War in the West, and a true personal reflection of the war as told in Robert S. McMichael’s letters to his wife.
Pals Forever: Memoirs of a Labrador in His Own Words
Spade tells his story in his own words. Perhaps his recollections will cause you to reflect on the fond memories of a dog that was once your best friend. Join a black Labrador on his journey, and be reminded of the simple pleasures of raking leaves, only to play in the pile, and taking long walks just to see what might be stirring in the woods, or hunting upland game birds on a colorful warm autumn day. If you are not already convinced that having a dog will make you a better person, Spade will convince you.
The Plant, Oh! Quality Where Art Thou
The book begins in the summer of 1957 and it ends 52 years later in March 2009 when Tom Luggs invites his former GM colleagues to a roundtable discussion on the demise and future of General Motors Corporation. “The Plant” is a story about the culture of GM and it follows Tom’s career where production is king, and production efficiency is the measure of success. As a historical novel it hits at the core of GM’s internal politics and beams a light on the philosophical management issue of production efficiency versus quality.
A Man From Montana, Memoirs of My Life in Western Montana
An autobiography of Freeman A. Halverson, a son of Norwegian immigrants. He was born in Barron County, Wisconsin in 1889. At the age of 21 years he and his cousin Fred decided to see the world. They trekked west on the Great Northern Railroad to a place called Kalispell, Montana. Having the youthful wide-eyed intentions of venturing to Alaska, the Far East or other far-off worldly places, the two young men, instead, ended up homesteading in Montana, where the territory was open range and dominated by Native Americans, large cattle ranches, mining, and forest logging operations. After a lifetime in the Bitter Root Valley of “Big Sky Country”, and retiring fifty years after arriving there, Freeman took pen in hand and wrote his memoirs. Edited by Richard L. Hamilton, A Man From Montana is rich in the tales of adventure, fortitude and endurance which westward bound young men and women experienced during that time. Freeman and Fred started out life with absolutely nothing but a few dollars in their pockets and a spirit of adventure.
The Final Mayan Prophecy
The latest from Tony Perona ’79. From the Amazon description: “The ancient Mayan calendar, accurate for more than 5,000 years, comes to an end on December 21, 2012. Even among the Maya, there is disagreement as to what the end of the era will bring. Some expect the birth of their god-king, Kukulcan. Some expect the end of the world. Four days before the winter solstice that signals the end of the calendar, events that could go either way are taking place. In the Middle East, the demon Vhorrdak schemes to get a nuclear weapon into the hands of Iranian leaders. At the same time, a rebel Mayan group in the Yucatan peninsula awaiting the birth of Kukulcan abducts a pregnant woman and her husband, Rebekah and Jonas Sagiev, so that the impending birth will fit certain prophecies about the king. Another portent, the Comet Quetzalcoatl, reaches its zenith over the skies of Cancun, bringing to Mexico a curious assortment of internationals who also seek the birth of a king. Vhorrdak, aware of the rebel group and the prophecy, has his own plans for Rebekah, Jonas, and the baby. Nothing will stop him from bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war, especially an insignificant baby of questionable parentage whose birth should be easily preventable.”