Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Best wishes for the new year!

I hope you have a happy and successful New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2008


If you like World War II videos and books, check out http://www.bestwwiivideo.com. It's a fun little site with trailers and clips from some of the best WWII movies, including documentaries and dramatic films.

Be sure to browse the page on The Last Ridge, the PBS documentary about the 10th Mountain Infantry Division by Abbie Kealy and check out the recommended titles. ;-)

Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window isn't just about the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, but--as those who have read it know--the men of the 10th play a significant role in the story of the six Koski brothers. It makes a good companion to The Last Ridge.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Battle of the Bulge

As we prepare for another holiday season, you might take a few moments to reflect on the events of December, 1945.

By early December, the Allies seemed to be winning the war. Intelligence reports suggested that the Germans were no longer able to mount significant offensive actions, but they were very wrong.

In the early morning hours of December 16th, the Germans launched a major offensive, which was to later become known as the Battle of the Bulge. By the end of the battle in early January, the Americans suffered some 80,000 casualties with 19,000 Americans killed in action. In the first few days of the battle, two entire regiments had been surrounded and forced to surrender, the GIs marched back to German POW camps. The Germans suffered some 84,000 casualties and the loss of tanks and equipment that could not be replaced. It was a fierce battle fought in ice, snow, and bitter cold.

Carl "Art" Koski was one of the young GIs caught up in the Battle of the Bulge as indicated in the following clip from the digital version of Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window.

Monday, December 8, 2008

December 7th and Pearl Harbor

It's difficult for most of us to understand how the world changed for an entire generation when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. For millions of American families, everything changed on that Sunday morning.

I'd like to thank our friends at Pasty Cam (www.pasty.com) for reminding us all of the sacrifices that previous generations.

I'd also like to thank them for featuring Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window on their Web site on this very significant day.

Visit Pasty Cam at www.pasty.com or read their special December 7th message.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas orders

Amazon.com keeps ordering small quantities of books, which sell out as soon as they arrive. I guess they're determined to minimize inventory, but it's very frustrating to me and anyone who is trying to order the book as a Christmas present.

The good news is that the main distributor, BookMasters/Atlas Books has both the DVD and the printed book in stock, ready for immediate shipment. If you order soon, via 1-800-247-6553 or their Web site, you can get the book and/or DVD in plenty of time for Christmas.

Online Ratings

I've received many very positive comments regarding Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window.

That's great! I'm very happy that so many readers found it to be a meaningful story.

However, I would greatly appreciate any readers who could post positive online comments and ratings for the book, DVD, or digital book.

To post at Amazon.com, just to go the Amazon page for the book or the video, sign in using your Amazon.com account, then rate the book and/or leave a comment.

To leave comments on YouTube, just view the clips posted on YouTube, create or log in to your YouTube account, then rank the video and/or leave comments.

If you participate in online forums, blogs, or chatrooms, please mention Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window as appropriate.

If you do mention it online, send me an e-mail with the URL!

Thanks--I appreciate your support!

Dan Oja

Thursday, December 4, 2008

YouTube Channel

In an effort to introduce more people to the compelling video content included with the digital versions of Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window, I've been uploading sample videos to YouTube. We now have our own "channel" on YouTube and are getting a fair number of views.

To see the latest video clips on YouTube, just go to www.youtube.com and enter danaoja into the search line. That should display a list of all the current videos.