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Johnson, Floyd E . "Moose"
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|Remembering our Alumni
Jim Mothershead Kramer
Remember singing with exultation at Anacostia High School ? The
championship 1954 football season is still etched in many of our memories
and really gave all of the students and faculty something to cheer about
back then. As a member of the team and the graduating class of 1955, I still
smile when I think about those days and I bet everyone who was there does
A coupIe of years ago I wrote a book called LEGACY of the GRAY GHOST. I
was pleasantly surprised when it was named the Gold Medal Winner as the
Best Southern fiction novel of 2011 by ReadersFavorite.com. Later that year
it was named the Best Historical Fiction novel of 2011 by Books and
Authors.net. The tale was based upon the exploits of the legendary John
Mosby, who led a band of Confederate raiders on many missions deep
behind the Union lines. His amazing ability to escape and disappear earned
him the nickname of the Gray Ghost and that was documented in the
prologue of the book.
The story morphed into a fictional tale at the end of the Civil War about how
one of his young raiders went on to found a very successful family. The
family eventually established a fine men's university in the beautiful northern
Virginia horse country and named it after the old Gray Ghost. The focus of
the story was about the struggling Mosby University football program and
how it was rescued in 1958 by a new coach who creatively employed
Mosby's techniques of speed, intelligence and deception. Many readers
commented that it made them want to cheer. When Legacy of the Gray
Ghost ended, several people, who enjoyed the story, told me that they
wondered what would have happened next if the tale continued.
Right after Christmas this past year, I had some ideas for a sequel, made
some notes, and started writing. The result is MOSBY'S RAIDERS RETURN.
It is now in the final stages of production and should be published soon.
Anyone who enjoys the game of football should enjoy this novel. Mosby
University's coach is challenged to overcome graduation losses and
untimely injuries during the 1959 season while trying to repeat the success
the team enjoyed the previous season. It won't be easy since a lot of teams
are gunning for them and especially their biggest rival which is coached by a
very nasty man.
The book offers a combination of fun and laughs provided by the students
and heroics on the gridiron that will make you smile and cheer at the same
time. Who knows...maybe you will even want to sing with exultation? It also
deals with the racial attitudes of many of the politicians in Virginia and how
the forward looking president of Mosby University tried to set a positive
example for others to follow. I hope everyone who gets a copy will not want
to put it down, once they pick it up.
The book is scheduled to be published around the first of May. If you would
like to reserve a signed first edition copy of MOSBY'S RAIDERS RETURN
you can order one now by just sending me a check for $20 for each book
ordered to cover the cost of the book and shipping and handling to:
Gerry A. Zimmerman
La Casa Z
39081 N. 102nd Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Be sure to enclosed the address where you want the book(s) shipped via
Priority Mail. By the way, anyone who who wants a copy of the original
edition of Legacy of the Gray Ghost and the new book: Mosby's Raiders
Return can get both for $35. Wait a minute....since the new book is the
SEQUEL to Legacy...and having read the first book will make the second
more enjoyable, I will make both books available to former AHS classmates
for $30 and so the shipping will be free for any orders received by May 1st.
All the Best,
Remember Singing with Exultation at Anacostia High School ?
|A TIP OF THE HAT TO ROGER BELL's (1960) PHOTO
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