Dr. TODD DEPASTINO JOINS PITTSBURGH TUSKEGEE AIRMEN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Todd DePastino, acclaimed Pittsburgh area WW II historian and author, has joined efforts with The Tuskegee Airmen of Greater Pittsburgh Oral History Project—an innovative, multimedia educational initiative developed by The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc. and The Social Voice Project®.
Dr. Pastino is the author of Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front (W.W. Norton), which won the 2009 Anne M. Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure and was a 2009 Eisner Award nominee. He is general editor of Fantagraphics Books’ complete Mauldin series, which so far includes the acclaimed Willie & Joe: The WWII Years (2008) and Willie& Joe: Back Home (2011). He is currently collaborating with Wind and Stars Production Group to write and co-produce a documentary film on Bill Mauldin to be aired on public television in 2014.
Previous books include Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and The Road By Jack London(Rutgers University Press, 2006).
Dr. Depastino earned his Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University where in 2008 he won the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.
Todd DePastino is also the founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public. Over 1,500 people have participated in the Veterans Breakfast Club’s programs and activities over the past two years.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW PARTNERSHIP CREATES HISTORIC ORAL HISTORY RECORDING PROJECT DEDICATED TO THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN OF THE GREATER PITTSBURGH AREA
It is the mission of the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial organization to honor local citizens who served with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.Until recently, it was unknown that the largest contingent of World War II enlistees in the Tuskegee Airmen program—more than 80 men and one woman—came from the Greater Pittsburgh region.
Overcoming racial discrimination of the worst kind, these Airmen ultimately served with distinction as flight instructors, pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and technically skilled flight line support personnel. After the war, many went on to have distinguished military and civilian careers.However, for decades their story went largely unheard and unrecognized.Sixty-one years after the war in 2007, Congress formally recognized The Red Tails’ service with the Congressional Gold Medal—our nation’s highest civilian award.Standing to salute the elderly Airmen in attendance, the President and Commander-in-Chief emotionally said that he hoped his gesture would atone for “all the unreturned salutes and unforgivable indignities” that they had to endure.
Thanks to research by award-winning journalism legend Regis D. Bobonis Sr., a small group of local Tuskegee Airmen has been located. Mr. Bobonis serves as a trustee for the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial of Greater Pittsburgh, which is currently erecting a permanent memorial to the Airmen in Sewickley, PA. Among other Pittsburgh notables, Steelers great and NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris serves as Honorary Chair of the Memorial project.
|Proposed Tuskegee Airmen Memorial in Sewickley, PA|
“The Social Voice Project is providing us with the technical expertise and highest quality resources to record and fully document these invaluable oral histories,” said Mr. Bobonis.“We want to archive these stories for historical and research purposes, but we also want to capture them with the highest quality recording standards—something most oral history projects overlook. This will enrich the listening experience, inspire the imagination, and warm the heart.”For more information about The Tuskegee Airmen of Greater Pittsburgh Oral History Recording Project, contact Regis D. Bobonis, Sr. or Kevin Farkas. Educators and classroom teachers are encouraged to learn more about us.Please repost this news release.
Contact:Regis D. Bobonis, Sr.
The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial
The Social Voice Project®
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