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June 2010

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June 3, 2010 - Cornell Iliescu Uncensored: WWII

Cornell lived under the Nazi occupation of his homeland, survived the allied bombing of the Poesti oil fields and escaped from the Communists who took over Romania.

During WWII Cornell was a boy riding with his father in their 1939 Buick in the Ploesti area while it was under attack from the low level B-24 Liberators. When a crippled B-24 which had received heavy flak damage crashed landed near them, Cornel and his father rescued the downed air crew and attempted to keep them away from the Germans. Cornell was befriended by the Americans and was given his first taste of chocolate and a pair of pliers which he has cherished his whole life. This encounter captured Cornells imagination and ignited his desire to become an American citizen. His arduous journey to fulfill this dream became a reality and Cornell never takes his citizenship for granted and can be found through out Southern California speaking with sincerity of his appreciation for the United States.

After many years Cornell was able to track down some of the B-24 crew members he had met so many years ago. The National Geographic Channel is currently in production on a telelvision show featuring Cornell and his experience as a child during the Ploesti Raid and assisting the downed B-24 crew.

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June 10, 2010 - Ashami Kerr
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department DNA Forensic Expert

Ms. Kerr is the Supervising Criminalist in the DNA section of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Crime Laboratory where she supervises 36 crime analysts. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the Philadelphia College of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned graduate credits in Advanced Criminalistics, Gene Manipulation and Genetics from Cal State University at Los Angeles. She has received extensive training from the California Criminalistics Institute in Molecular Biology, Advanced DNA technology, Crime Scene Investigation and PCR-DNA: STR Typing. Currently she is employed by the Los Angeles Sheriffs’ Department and has worked in Toxicology, solid dose Narcotic examination, Crime Scene Investigation and as a DNA analyst.

With 17 years of Crime Scene Investigation experience, Ms. Kerr has also done consultation work for the CSI: Las Vegas and New York shows, with writing and on set credits. She has also appeared on reenactments of her real life cases on the "New Detectives" and "48 Hours" television shows. She is currently consulting on a Lifetime television series and is the co-writer on a new crime televesion showthat is in the drafting stage.

She is active in the community including as a Board Member of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, which oversees a municipally owned park with galleries, art classes and historical buildings, as well as on the Elizabeth McDonald Foundation which serves parents of critically ill children. In the past she has served on the Boards of Los Angeles Aids Network. Her daughter recently graduated from Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada and will be attending George Washington University in Washington, DC in the fall.

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June 17, 2010 - Paul Straub - My Odyssey

Paul Straub is the epitome of the independent, self-made man.
---Buzz Aldrin, First voyage to walk on the moon.

They just don’t make ’em like Paul Straub anymore. Reflecting back on a lifetime of adventurous exploits, Straub—a renowned medical doctor and pilot—details dozens of stories that will leave you gasping for air: from daring solo flights across the globe to climbing the world’s highest waterfall.

Now in his seventh decade, Straub epitomizes a life fully lived. You’re along for the ride as Straub describes incredible stories of single-engine flight: Feel the roar of the propeller as Straub takes seven trips across the Atlantic and embarks on only the 17th successful solo trip around the globe — all in a tiny plane before the days of GPS and sophisticated communication.

Unbelievable tales of travel: Be Straub’s companion on trips across every continent except Antarctica. Experience an explosive robbery in Morocco, a voodoo temple in Haiti and a volcano in Mexico.

Reach the height of Angel Falls: Come along as Straub, an inexperienced climber, ascends the face of Angel Falls 3,200 feet above the ground in Venezuela as part of the first successful expedition. All previous attempts had failed.

Many, many more adventures: Like the time Straub walked into a violent prison riot to administer medicine and ski-glided — a combination of skiing and hang-gliding. This sometimes spine-tingling, often humorous and always unique memoir is not only an introduction to one man’s life, but also an inspiring story that proves anything is possible.

A real life Indiana Jones — Outskirts Press

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Book Cover: My Odyssey by Paul Straub
My Odyssey by Paul Straub

Photo of Angels Falls - Angels Falls is the worlds highest waterfall at 3,212 feet
Angels Falls is the worlds highest waterfall at 3,212 feet

Photo of Paul Straub - 7th day of climbing the face of Angels Falls
7th day of climbing the face of Angels Falls

Photo of Paul Straub - Top of Angels Falls
Top of Angels Falls

Photo of Paul Straub - Rappelling Angels Falls
Rappelling Angels Falls

Photo of Paul Straub - 17th solo flight around the world in a Mooney
17th solo flight around the world in a Mooney

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June 24, 2010 - Allan Smith - Making of Rescue Men:
The Story of the Pea Island Life-Savers

The West Coast Debut of the documentary film
"Rescue Men – The Story of the Pea Island Life-Savers".

Movie Poster for Rescue Men: The story of the Pea Island Life Savers Adventurers’ Club President and Film Producer/Director Allan Smith will provide the Adventurers’ Club with the first West Coast showing of this incredible film, followed by a Q&A. Several members of the Adventurers’ Club worked on the film, including Roger Haft, Alan Feldstein, Stuart Bird Wilson & Chuck Jonkey. The film was edited by the Society of Women Adventurers’ president Vivian Callahan.

The U.S. Life-Saving Service was formed in 1871 to assure the safe passage of Americans and International shipping and to save lives and salvage cargo. Station 17 located on the desolate beaches of Pea Island, North Carolina and manned by a crew of seven, bore the brunt of this dangerous but vital duty.

A former slave and Civil War veteran, Richard Etheridge, the only black man to lead a lifesaving crew - was its captain. He recruited and trained a crew of African Americans to man Station 17. Benjamin Bowser, Louis Wescott, William Irving, George Pruden, Maxie Berry and Herbert Collins made up part of this team and formed the only all-black station in the Nation. Although civilian attitudes towards Etheridge and his men ranged from curiosity to outrage, they figured among the most courageous surfmen in the service, performing many daring rescues from 1880 to the closing of the station in 1947. The Pea Island crew saved scores of men, women and children, who, under other circumstances would have been considered the hands of those reaching out to help them, to be of the wrong race.

In 1896, when the three-masted schooner E.S. Newman breached during a hurricane, Etheridge and his men accomplished one of the most daring rescues in the annals of the Life-Saving Service. The violent conditions had rendered their equipment useless. Undaunted, the surfmen swam out to the wreck, making nine trips in all and saving the entire crew.

Rescue Men is the story of the men that manned the Pea Island Life-Saving Station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Due to the heroics and accomplishments of these brave men and others like them in the U.S. Life-Saving Service, we now have what is called "The United States Coast Guard."


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