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Book Signing: Author Carl F. Haupt
Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST
Carl F. Haupt, the author of a new book “Gary Gatlin – The Story of a Reluctant Hero” will sign copies and tell about how the story came alive on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00pm at Villa Hermosa, 6300 E Speedway Blvd. The special event is free and open to the public. Mr. Haupt will share stories of how the book was conceived and written, and how he became an unlikely author.
In April of 1939, as 20-year-old Gary Gatlin travels from Los Angeles to the Orient, he cannot possibly know that he will influence the outcome of World War II in ways that few could imagine. The son of Utah fruit farmers, Gary’s friendship with California Japanese farmers immerses him in their culture and language. Later his family sends him to Formosa to learn about advanced Japanese fruit cultivation. When he arrives on the lush island nation, hints of war are already in the air, and the arrival of an American fluent in Japanese raises suspicions. To complicate matters, his growing romance with the daughter of a local fruit farmer puts them all in great peril. With the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, total war rages across the Pacific. With the help of local tribesmen, Gary slips through a Japanese police dragnet and escapes the island aboard a freighter, only to be drawn deeper into harm’s way. After being marooned on an uncharted atoll, fate again finds him. In a desperate gamble to reverse inevitable disaster, the US Navy calls upon Gary to serve on a dangerous mission that could tip the scales of history.
About the Author:
Carl Haupt was born in Tucson, Arizona on April 21, 1926. He was the third child of eight. As a teen Carl left home and lived as a hobo riding freight trains. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and was trained to be a radio/radar operator and gunner. At the end of WWII Carl re-enlisted for two more years and in June 1950 enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During his Air Force years he served stateside as well as in Japan and England. Carl retired from the USAF in August 1966 with the rank of Master Sergeant. He became a schoolteacher; then owned a television repair shop.
In 1996 Carl started some serious hiking completing six hikes of 50 miles in 24 hours (or less). He climbed many of the peaks in Arizona. He climbed Mt. Whitney in California four times, Mt Timpanogos in Utah six times, rim to rim of the Grand Canyon four times, Mt. Fuji in Japan and twice climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. His first time hiking to the summit he entered The Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This hike was in August 2004 and repeated the climb a year later.
Carl and his wife Sarah started helping people in Mexico in 1992. In Agua Prieta, Mexico they have helped build over 100 homes, installed 25 donated mobile homes, have taken many tons of food and other necessities to Mexican families. Their charity, Angels on the Border, recently delivered 9 tons of rice and beans to two orphanages and a school in Agua Prieta.
In 1984 Carl had a very unusual experience in which he dreamed an entire novel. When he awoke, he put pen to paper for 12 hours to record the manuscript. In 2017, he entered an agreement with Gram Communications to write: Gary Gatlin, The Story of a Reluctant Hero.
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