Typewriter Tuesday

I'VE BEEN COLLECTING manual typewriters for awhile now. It's an addiction that began with the belief that every writer should have an old typewriter around as a reminder of how things used to be done. Okay, there may be no logic in that thought but it works for me. As I began collecting I noticed that there were other people like me who love these old machines and I've learned a great deal from them. Now, I want to share my addiction, um, compulsion, no, um, hobby. Yeah, that's it. Hobby. So I've declared the second day of the work week "Typewriter Tuesday." Each week, I will present a short video (less than three minutes in length) featuring a typewriter. I hope you enjoy it.

UNSPOKEN

Ninety-one years ago this week a pivotal event took place in a tiny berg called Dayton, Tennessee. Here two famous men went toe-to-toe on an issue that has divided the country for decades. That event is often called "The Scopes Monkey Trial," and what happened from July 10-21, 1925 still reverberates in our society.

Unfortunately, there is more misunderstanding than understanding about the trial. A stage play and a movie, Inherit the Wind, have created a worldwide misconception about what went on during those hot July days. When writing my book 30 Events That Shaped the Church (Baker Books, 2015) I chose to dedicate a chapter to the Scopes Trial. At the time, I knew the event was important but had done little research on it. I gathered information and soon was captivated by the situation, the time period, the characters, the issue, and the impact the trial had on the United States.

What few know is that the "Trial of the Century" was nothing more than a misdemeanor, a low level crime just a hair more serious than an infraction. Yet the case went international. John T. Scopes, a little known high school teacher and coach, volunteered to be the defendant in a trial case funded by the ACLU to challenge the Butler bill. The Butler bill, a new state law, made it illegal to teach that humankind evolved from a lower form of life. It also made illegal to contradict the Genesis account of the creation of humanity. Governor Peay signed the bill stating his belief that it would never be implemented. He was wrong.

I've continued my research into the Scopes trial and have learned many fascinating things. One incident is at the heart of my newly released short nonfiction, Unspoken: The Scopes Trial and the Final Speech of William Jennings Bryan. Here's the blurb:

Three time presidential candidate, reformer, publisher, former secretary of state, William Jennings Bryan looked forward to delivering the prosecution's summary in the trial of John T. Scopes. It was one of the reasons, perhaps the major reason, he served on the prosecution in the "Trial of the Century."  The speech was never given in court. Clarence Darrow and the defense team out maneurvered Bryan. The "Commoner" would die five days later, but not before placing the speech with a publisher who printed and distributed the work shortly after Bryan died. The speech and the book were Bryan's last words to the world about education and evolution. Now, almost a century later, author Alton Gansky takes a close look at Bryan's last speech and reflects on the man, the trial, and the unspoken speech.

The e-book is available today at Amazon.com and will be available on other e-book carries soon. There will be a print book available in one or two weeks. I've priced the book at $2.99.

Al Gansky

 

Old is New Again

HERE IS A FRESH release of my second novel, Through My Eyes. It stars Adam Bridger and Rachel Tremaine who led us on a frighting chase in By My Hands. This time they return to face supernatural visions, strange and exotic locations, and one of the most frightening men on the planet. Together with a troubled ad man, a shy artist, a crippled firefighter, and an unstable cat burglar Adam and Rachel undertake a mission that will take them to the other side of the world. At stake, the world's most valuable artifacts—and their lives.

These are more than dreams and visions: this is a calling. Six people. Five mind-numbing visions. Four ancient and mysterious artifacts. Two exotic locations. And one greedy man who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to achieve his goal. Rev. Adam Bridger and his wife, Dr. Rachel Tremaine are once again in the center of an adventure not of their making. And joining them are four total strangers who, along with Rachel, have seen visions that most mortals can't imagine. They have been called on a mission that will forever change the world—if they survive.

Through My Eyes was originally published by Victor Books (now Cook Communications). It was my first attempt at an ensemble cast and, like By My Hands that preceded it, was my second expedition into supernatural suspense from a Christian perspective. TME also has a strong adventure element to it. Some of my favorite characters are in this book.

Of all my books, TME was (and still is) one of the most talked about.

I rereleased the first book in the two book set back in late 2014. I felt it was time for Through My Eyes to shine again. I hope you enjoy it. Of course, if you haven't already, you'll want to read the first book.