This talk will present an intimate look at the life of Fort Wayne resident Paul Frank Baer, America’s first combat ace. Baer grew up short and shy but was not short on ambition: A mere 13 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight, Baer volunteered to join a new breed of combatant—the fighter pilot. Author Tony Garel-Frantzen will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Baer’s WWI aerial heroics and will explore his life using rare images and documents.
Chicago native Tony Garel-Frantzen graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University. He enjoyed a long and successful career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editorial cartoonist, public relations consultant and senior corporate communications executive for Fortune 500 companies. As an author, he has a passion for discovering and honoring ordinary people who use their unique gifts to live remarkable lives. His first book is Slow Ball Cartoonist: The Extraordinary Life of Indiana Native and Pulitzer Prize Winner, John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune.
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This program received support from a Humanities Initiative Grant