Friday, January 30, 2015

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, Doolittle Raider, dies at 94

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan in World War II during a daring 1942 mission, died of natural causes on January 28, 2015 in Sumner, Washington.
"Mission Complete, the Journey Continues" a William S. Phillips
 fine art edition, countersigned by Lt. Col. Edward Saylor      
    Saylor was born on March 15, 1920, in Brusett, Montana. He enlisted December 7, 1939 at Fort George Wright, Washington and attended the Air Corps Training School, Chanute Field, Illinois. He served throughout World War II in enlisted status both stateside and overseas until March, 1945. Saylor served in the Air Force for 28 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
            He was a young flight engineer-gunner and among the 80 airmen who volunteered to fly the unprecedented mission that sent B-25 bombers from a carrier at sea to attack Tokyo on April 28, 1942, following Pearl Harbor.
            Last year, the Raiders received the Congressional Gold Medal for heroism and valor. The three surviving Doolittle raiders are Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher and Lt. Col. Robert Hite.
            No funeral is planned. His wish was to be buried beside his wife and that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Lt. Col Saylor’s life and story was featured in a New York Times story from 2/1/14: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/raiding-japan-on-fumes-in-1942-and-surviving-to-tell-how-fliers-did-it.html?_r=0

The Greenwich Workshop is honored to have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Saylor many times as he generously countersigned  fine art editions of artist William S. Phillips’ paintings of the Doolittle Raiders mission. An E-book about the Doolittle Raiders and featuring Phillips paintings can be viewed on our website here:


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scott Gustafson's New Book Chosen for 2015 Illinois Reads Statewide Literacy Campaign

Scott Gustafson’s new book, Classic Bedtime Stories, published by Greenwich Workshop Press, has been selected for the 2015 Illinois Reads program. Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, Illinois Reads is an annual statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. The thirty-six titles chosen, for ages newborn to adult, will be introduced into classrooms, public health facilities, public and school libraries, and bookstores throughout Illinois. The Illinois Reads program will be formally launched on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Westmont, IL, followed by book signings.
been chosen as one of the books for the annual

This is the second time one of Gustafson’s books has been chosen by Illinois Reads. His Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose was one of the books chosen for Illinois Reads’ inaugural and first ever statewide literacy project in 2013.

Each year the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) holds an annual conference to provide literacy opportunities for approximately 3,000 educators from around the state of Illinois. The 2015 event, October 1-3, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. At the Illinois Reads Luncheon on Friday, each author/illustrator will be invited to sit at a table with teachers and librarians to discuss their work. An autograph session will follow. 
Scott Gustafson at the Illinois READS
launch March 13, 2013