Last night was one of the more satisfying moments in my life: a contract signing to publish a biography of disability-rights activist Bob Sampson. (Here’s an overview of Bob’s life by the Washington Post).
Pictured above, from left to right, are myself, Bob Sampson’s photo, Douglas Niles (author), and Patricia Sampson-Harkness (Bob’s daughter, coauthor), signing the contract to move this project forward.
Pat’s job to this point has been compiling information, organizing photos, and so on. Now Doug will join her to write a polished draft. He is the author of more than 50 books (including the recent nonfiction title We Were Berliners, which tells the true story of a German man and woman who met and fell in love during World War II, of his subsequent struggles as a foot soldier on the Western Front, and hers as a civilian as the Russians invaded Berlin). My job, as Popcorn Press, will be to publish and promote Bob’s biography, a pleasure.
Bob Sampson’s life was amazing, an inspiration to everyone it touched. If you haven’t yet read the Washington Post article, please do. You’ll be grateful for the link.
More details about the project, including how you can help make it happen, will be posted in the next few days.
Wish us luck!