Thanks to everyone in Flint who was a part of the STANDING ROOM ONLY crowd at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center last Friday. Thanks also to everyone who purchased a copy of Proving Ground to take home. The venue was splendid and the atmosphere was stimulating. I enjoyed meeting the faculty and students at Mott, and seeing so many hometown friends in the audience. Speaking of hometown friends, thanks so much to Lennetta Coney for making my appearance at Mott possible.
One more note: Bill Ballenger’s introduction was one of the best I have ever received (“is that ME he’s talking about?”), and the list of previous speakers was awe-inspiring. They included Werner Von Braun, R. Buckminster Fuller, Arthur SchlesingerJr., Margaret Mead, William Shirer, Allen Ginsburg, Dick Gregory, Alex Haley, Bill Moyers, Spike Lee, and many more.
Signing a copy of Proving Ground for lifelong friend Karen McDonald Lopez -- now THAT was special!
With HS basket ball coach Clif Turner: "GET TARVER OUT OF THERE!"
A special moment post-lecture with mom and Kishna.
The Regional Tech Center auditorium was a perfect venue for the lecture.
Author David Tarver and first customer Earl Howard
Earl Howard, fresh from his winter hiatus in the South, takes delivery of Proving Ground copy #1. Earl paid for his copy back in December, before we were even taking orders, just to support his fellow U-M College of Engineering alum. Earl supported the book in another way — he took the picture that graces the beginning of section 2 (Ann Arbor) 37 years ago! We both had MUCH more hair back then. After Earl paid for his book we spent the proceeds at the neighborhood Happy Hour. Good times!