Annie Laura Smith, author of Twilight of Honor, lectured on her WWII themed novels at the Huntsville Museum of Art on August 25th. 

She included her friend and fellow writer, Joe Connaughton, who was a bombardier in the 319th Bomb Group during World War II.  Joe provided interesting background material for the bombing missions in Italy and southern France that are background for Annie Laura’s Saving Da Vinci and Alexandra’s Secret. Joe also contributed to the compilation by Harold and Esther Oyster, The 319th in Action, recently published in reprint by The Ardent Writer Press.

The Huntsville Museum of Art showcased the authors as part of their summer exhibition, Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press.

Annie Laura Smith, Ardent Writer author of Twilight of Honor, and Joe Connaughton, give lectures on World War II and the background of several of Annie Laura's WWII themed historical novels for young adults.

Annie Laura Smith, Ardent Writer author of Twilight of Honor, and Joe Connaughton, give lectures on World War II and the background of several of Annie Laura’s WWII themed historical novels for young adults.

 

Jean Wiggins looks on as Laura Smith, Director of Education at the Huntsville Museum of Art, introduces lecturers Annie Laura Smith and Joe Connaughton, during the museum's WWII series of events and shows in 2013.

Jean Wiggins looks on as Laura Smith, Director of Education at the Huntsville Museum of Art, introduces lecturers Annie Laura Smith and Joe Connaughton, during the museum’s WWII series of events and shows in 2013.

 

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.