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The Old Lady in Dubuque's Town: A Memory Diary

KWASKY, Albert

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ISBN 10: 0533089263 / ISBN 13: 9780533089260
Published by Vantage Press, New York, 1991
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Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 304pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faintest of jacket edgewear. A tight and handsome first edition of this sequel to the popular "The Old Lady in Dubuque" -- with choice autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is a Typed Note Signed from Kwasky, 1p, 9" X 6", n.p., n.y. Addressed to "Dewby." Very good. Original mailing folds. "In my letter I forgot to enclose the details on the book about Fatty Arbuckle. The book is entitled FRAME UP -- THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROSCOE 'FATTY' ARBUCKLE Author is Andy Edmonds. issued 1991." Signed simply "Albert" in black fineline. Adds in a postscript, "Dont forget to look up your snow shovel. It is that time of year." Recipient "Dewby" is Mervyn Dew-Brittain (whose name/address label appears on front pastedown), a local Dubuque theater manager and "entertainment impresario" (Kwasky's words) who is mentioned in this book's acknowledgment, appears a couple more times in the text (once followed by a discussion of Fatty Arbuckle and his ties to Dubuque) and is pictured in his cluttered den with a caption reading "Mervyn Dew-Brittain, Dubuque's theatre impresario, can find in his den at home any town lore under the sun to jog a writer's memory. No matter the subject, no matter the date. Just give him time to search." Kwasky (1917-2005) was an electrical engineer who penned a number of well-received Dubuque history titles. Bookseller Inventory # 41365

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Title: The Old Lady in Dubuque's Town: A Memory ...

Publisher: Vantage Press, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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From Encyclopedia Dubuque - "KWASKY, Albert. (Manistee, MI, Nov. 2, 1917--Berkeley, California, Feb. 28, 2005). President/ CEO-Pillsbury and Martignoni, Inc. Kwasky remains one of Dubuque's most entertaining historians. His books The Old Lady in Dubuque, The Old Lady in Dubuque's Other Son-The Odd One, and The Old Lady in Dubuque's Town stand as some of the best first-person accounts of life in Dubuque. In an article written by Jim Leitner of the Telegraph Herald Kwasky was quoted, " I never wrote any of the books for the money. I was more interested in recording the efforts of Dubuque boys who should never be forgotten. This was a town of 35,000 people at the time, and I doubt if you'd ever be able to find a town of that size produce as many of the really prominent national athletes that Dubuque did." A graduate of COLUMBIA COLLEGE, Kwasky studied electronics at Stanford University and the University of California. In 1947 he began his career in marine engineering. His position with Pillsbury and Martignoni, founded in San Francisco in 1901, placed him at the head of one of the United State's premier naval architectural consulting firms. Kwasky served the United States Navy as a technical editor of its electronic systems manuals. He was the engineering editor of the Electronics Systems Manual for the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Oriskany and the destroyer U.S.S. Hancock."

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