Only in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "It Happened In West Virginia: Remarkable Events That Shaped History" is a new paperback book out by the Globe Pequot Press that recounts true tales of the Mountain State's past.
Written by longtime Charleston Gazette/Sunday Gazette-Mail reporter and humor columnist Rick Steelhammer, the book covers such events as George Washington soaking in the Berkeley Springs, why Porter Creek is considered the birthplace of the popular Golden Delicious apple, the role of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank in seeking out extraterrestrials and much more.
The book covers such incidents as when West Virginia University basketball player Georgeann Wells became the first woman to dunk a basketball in a collegiate game in 1984.
Larger tidbits of history include the remarks a little-known U.S. senator named Joseph McCarthy made in Wheeling that would lead to the Red Scare, as he held aloft a paper saying, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party and who, nevertheless, are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department."
The books retails for $16.95 and is available online through Amazon.com.
HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Cat Pleska, president of Mountain State Press, will present "Shhh! The Secret of Writing and Publishing Books" from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Putnam County Library, W.Va. 14, Hurricane.