Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

As part of our major effort to increase visibility, we've published the first eight chapters of Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window on Scribd, an interesting digital publishing site with an unpronounceable name. If you have documents that you'd like to make available to a wide audience, take a look at Scribd.

Of course, Scribd doesn't support all of the features of the BookOnCD, BookOnDownload, or even BookOnBrowser, but it's an interesting alternative to PDF and HTML if you only need text and graphics.

Click the link below to view the first 8 chapters on Scribd or experiment with it in the scrolling window below.

OrdinaryHeroes-Front matter through Chapter 8 (page 35 of book)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Veteran's Day Events at the Jacobetti Center

I just received word of the Veteran's Day events at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veteran's. State Representative Steve Lindberg was one of the speakers and he mentioned Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window during his speech.

I would like to thank Steve Lindberg, and everyone else involved, for helping us all to remember why we celebrate Veteran's Day.

Read the article from The Mining Journal Web site.

Or watch the video on YouTube.

New short version of trailer for book and documentary

I've just posted a shorter version of the trailer (1:30) on YouTube to go along with the previous longer trailer (4:01).

Please help support by linking to either trailer from your Web site.

The shorter trailer is at

The longer trailer is at

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Try BookOnCD!

While most readers focus on the "traditional" components of Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window--the printed book and documentary DVD--some are starting to explore what may be the most compelling component, the interactive digital versions of the book such as the BookOnCD which is bound inside the front cover of every copy of the book.

If you've tried e-books before you might be wondering what the fuss is all about. After all, most e-books are not very exciting as they are just poorly formatted text pages or static PDF files.

The digital versions of Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window are something very different. Using the technology developed for use with best-selling college computer textbooks, the BookOnCD and BookOnDownload editions utilize the full power of your computer to offer a compelling reading experience that combines the best features of books, video, and the Web.

For example, page 9 of the book shows a photo of West Ishpeming school related to Edna Mae's dream where her Johnny runs up the stairs into the arms of their mother. In the digital versions of the book, you an click the caption of that photo to listen to Edna Mae talk about that dream in her own words.

On page 27, the book includes a quote from a stirring speech by Winston Churchill. If you click the caption under the photo of Winston Churchill you can listen to the speech yourself.

The digital versions of Ordinary Heroes provide a very powerful reading experience, unlike anything you've ever tried.

If you haven't yet done so, stick that BookOnCD into your Mac or Windows computer and give it a try. You'll be glad you did! listing

After some delay, the Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window book and DVD are now listed at, providing yet another way for people to purchase them.

The book and DVD are now available in selected local bookstores, via, via 1-800-247-6553, and from

If you've already read the book or watched the DVD, please feel free to post your comments regarding the book or on the DVD.