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“I can look down on City Hall from the sidewalk.”

Maura McEnaney, Monday’s Rotary speaker and the author of “Willard Garvey, An Epic Life,” quoting the late businessman’s response after someone said he could look down on City Hall from his new Epic Center

Willard Garvey’s ‘Epic Life’ told in new book

UPDATED — Maura McEnaney was a young journalist who had moved to Nevada in 1979 when she first encountered Wichita’s Garvey family at their ranch there. That included late patriarch Willard Garvey.

Willard Garvey’s image superimposed over a map that Pan American World Airways once gave him to document his many travels on that airline.

“I remember him just like spouting off all these things that he had been involved in, and I sort of didn’t really believe it,” McEnaney says. “I thought he was telling some tall tales, truly.”

More recently ,McEnaney spent five years researching the businessman’s life for a book about him. Interviews with people such as Craig Miner, the late historian, architect Sid Platt and Misco Industries chairman Bud Beren set her straight about what Garvey did and accomplished.

“That was kind of the fun thing about writing the book,” McEnaney says. “Everything he was talking about was true.”

LibertyTree Press is releasing “Willard Garvey, An Epic Life” next month.

LibertyTree is part of the California-based Independent Institute, a public policy research and education foundation. Garvey’s son-in-law, David Theroux, is president of the institute.

Though Garvey’s story is a personal one, Theroux says Garvey’s life is intertwined with the development of modern American life.

“It’s a huge slice of that history.”

McEnaney says Garvey was something of a more sophisticated Forrest Gump, who regularly found himself part of local, national and international history.

“Willard is very much that kind of a person … in a far more prestigious role,” she says.

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Wichitans Ray Haskell and Reg Redding plan Saturday book signing for “The Game of Wealth”

WICHITA — Some people get lucky and become wealthy without having to work for it.

For the rest of us, Wichitans Ray Haskell and Reg Redding have written “The Game of Wealth: A Strategy for Winning Wealth and Living a Full Life.”

“It’s a fresh perspective on how to look at where you are in life and what you need to do, especially in some unsure and uncertain times,” Haskell says.

They purposely chose a game analogy, Redding says, because “everybody can relate to a game.”

Redding is an accountant with Lone Star Steakhouse. Haskell used to work there and now does estate planning, financial analysis and insurance sales, mostly for seniors.

The two will have a book signing Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

Along with money-saving tips, Redding says the book explains the concept of taking responsibility.

“That was one thing that we just didn’t see out there in other books,” he says.

The book also explores being wealthy in other areas outside of finances, though Haskell says that’s a key emphasis.

“It’s not as hard as some people think,” he says.

Author Jim Lehrer thanks Old Town Martini owner

unionWICHITA – Old Town Martini owner Ali Yassine has a specially inscribed copy of former Wichitan Jim Lehrer’s new novel, “Oh, Johnny.”

Lehrer writes: “With great memories of great food and drink — and inspiration.”

Yassine says Lehrer is a frequent diner when he’s in Wichita and told him he got the inspiration for his book while sitting in the restaurant.

He says Lehrer often talks of how his father would bring him to Union Station when he was a boy.

“He likes to drink martinis at the window facing . . . the train station building,” Yassine says. “He’ll sit for a couple of hours looking out the window.”

In the book’s acknowledgments, Lehrer thanks “the good people at Old Town Martini, a Wichita restaurant, for a table at which to labor — and observe.”