The Ouachita Speaker Series has scheduled three unique and stimulating speakers for its fall program agenda.
Sept. 20 will feature James M. Scott, author of “Target Tokyo, an Account of the Doolittle Raid.”
Scott’s historical work is an incredible account of the Doolittle Raid, the first American attack on Japan in World War II. His work was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Christian Science Monitor and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Scott’s novel was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
A recipient of the McClatchy Company President’s Award, Scott was named 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association and Wofford College named him as its 2005 Young Alumnus of the Year.
Working on his fourth book, Scott lives with his wife and two children in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
His presentation will cover in detail the group of 80 volunteers who flew into history April 18, 1942.
On Oct. 18, the OSS will welcome a survivor of the Hudson River landing of Jan. 15, 2009. Vallie Collins, sales representative and frequent traveler, will share details of her experience during the flight and rescue that has now become known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” and also the basis for the popular movie “Sully.”
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Collins holds a degree in biomedical engineering and was senior account manager for a contract manufacturer of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and consumer products, accounting for her frequent travels. She resides in Maryville, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.
Collins said she hopes sharing her experience will inspire and motivate…
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