Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline - by: John W. Brown

     Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline is a journey. As you begin making your way through the history of Missouri, you quickly realize how much research John Brown put into this literary gift. 200 years of Missouri history is right at your fingertips complete with pictures & illustrations. Quotes & stories from times gone by that have brought Missouri to where it is today. The story of the Great Seal of the State of Missouri is told, we learn about Missouri's wine industry, the great fire of St. Louis & the beginnings of Anheuser-Busch. Here's the kicker...all of those things happened before 1900! Those events & so many more are in this book. 200 years of stories are waiting for you to explore about the Show-Me-State.

     I don't think anyone else could do a book about Missouri the way John Brown did. It's one thing to be a history buff but John is a true Missouri history buff & believe me there is a difference. So many things have happened in this great state & he has painstakingly chronicled them in Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline. This is so much more than a book. This is a bound history lesson. Educators, if you want a new book on Missouri for your classroom, I'd say you just found it.

     Kudos to Reedy Press for putting out another beauty of a book! This one is extra special for me to put my seal of approval on because it was written by a former co-worker of mine from KTRS years ago. John (JB) Brown, best known in the St. Louis area as an anchor & political correspondent on Fox 2 news, also has author on his resume for those that didn't know the scope of his talents. Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline is just one of many books he has written.



Monday, March 30, 2020

Elven Legend 4: The Incredible Journey

     I know, it's been a while since I've reviewed a game from Big Fish Games. I can't blame it on the COVID-19 stay-at-home order either because I've been staying at home. Well, I'm in the media so I have been working everyday but I'm home by 10:30am so I have no real excuse other than I've been playing Farm Up, which is a Big Fish game & I've been watching Mama's Family way too much. There, I've admitted to all of it! Now, time to get back to what I should be doing, reviewing things which is the whole reason I have this blog in the first place.

     I'll be honest, this game was not the best choice for me to have picked as the first one to review after a long while out. Elven Legend 4: The Incredible Journey is a time management game. Some of those can be a lot of fun! I recently bought Amy's Greenmart, that's a time management game where you run your own store. I like that one. This one is a resource gathering game &, for me, those get boring really fast. I feel like if you've played on resource gathering game, you've kind of played them all. 

     I like being able to line up several moves in advance. I found out fast I couldn't do that here. This big obnoxious arrow kept popping up telling me what I had to do next. Excuse me, I don't like a game that tells me what moves to make. I want to play the game myself, thank you very much. Why do I want to play a game that plays itself for me? That was an immediate deal breaker but I played a little longer hoping it went away. It didn't. Even the bright colors & quick movement couldn't keep my attention. There is a Collector's Edition but I just can't do it.

     Since the majority of us are on a stay-at-home order, you might as well take the one hour of free play & give it a try for yourself. We all like different things. Who knows? This may turn out to be your very favorite game! Be sure to subscribe to my blog before you leave because you never know what I'll review next. 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline, by John W. Brown - PRESS RELEASE


ST. LOUIS, MO—Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of our book, Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline, by John W. Brown. This book unlocks Missouri’s most intriguing, entertaining, and secret history through vignettes, photographs, and illustrations.

Aptly named the Show Me State, Missouri has shown the nation its past, present, and future for Aptly named the Show Me State, Missouri has shown the nation its past, present, and future for more than two centuries. Representing the state’s 200 year history in a way that is both educational and entertaining, Missouri Timeline offers a look back even as it looks ahead to a fabulous future situated perfectly in the middle. As a state, Missouri blends everything our country has to offer, just the way we like it.

As Missouri recognizes its 200th Anniversary as a state, it's important to look back at the amazing history that has had an impact far beyond the boundaries of the Show Me State. From successes in business, sports, and cultural events, to struggles against Mother Nature and failures of civil rights, a retrospective study paves an even better path for the future. This Missouri Timeline highlights the important moments in Missouri's history that have defined the state and notes the parallels in the state’s trajectory as only a timeline can. Not long after the first skyscraper was built in Missouri, Laura Ingalls Wilder moved to southern Missouri where she wrote about life on the prairie. At the same time Lake of the Ozarks was filling up, Prohibition was ending, Bonnie and Clyde were having shootouts, and a golfer from Springfield was winning the first Masters Golf Tournament. This book allows readers to see Missouri’s defining moments and provides a new understanding of how it all lines up historically.

Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline is available wherever books are sold.

Book Details: Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline, by John Brown and Eric Marquard, ISBN 9781681062556, hardcover 11.5 x 9, 200 pages, $39.95

About the Author
John W. Brown is a nationally recognized TV news anchor, public speaker, inventor, author, and radio talk show host. John is an evening news anchor and political correspondent at KTVI, Fox 2 in St. Louis and has worked as a journalist in many states, even hosting a nationally syndicated TV show. He has authored several books including Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show-Me State, The Ultimate Missouri Trivia Book, 100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die, and The Missouri Almanac 2019.