GRAFTON — Author Tom Dehner will sign copies of a preview edition of his book “Just Call Me Harry Steinfeldt: Memoirs and Musings from ‘Playin’ the Game’ of Life” during a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Grafton Winery and Brewhaus, 300 W. Main St.
Sales of the initial book release will be directed toward meeting start-up costs of full production and nationwide distribution.
The book is based on “From the Sidelines,” a broadcast series written and hosted by Dehner and featured on jazz public radio 88.7 WSIE-FM. The series began in April 2012, continued through 2013 and is now in re-run on the station.
At age 65, Dehner says he is entering a new life experience — as a first-time author.
“Some folks are curious about the book’s title,” Dehner said.
“In the days of the Chicago Cubs’ legendary Hall of Fame double-play combination of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers (pronounced EE-vurrs) and Frank Chance, there was a third baseman, Harry Steinfeldt, who is just an obscure footnote in Major League Baseball history and lore,” Dehner said.
“The guy didn’t get even a brief mention in the famous poem about Tinker, Evers and Chance — ‘Baseball’s Sad Lexicon’ (by Franklin Pierce Adams),” Dehner said.
“I chose the title to demonstrate that ordinary people like Steinfeldt and me have experienced something or some things special … perhaps at times extraordinary in their lives,” he said.
The content reflects Dehner’s more than 40 years in broadcast journalism, public relations and education, in addition to personal experience.
“Readers should gain insight and/or inspiration and find a splash of humor while granting me the great honor of scanning each entry,” Dehner said. “That’s my sincere hope, at least.”
Dehner became news director at WSIE-FM in 1996, retiring in 2011. He taught courses in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Mass Communications
Department during that time and continues to be an instructor there. He began holding a series of workshops, PR is NOT Rocket Science, at Lewis and Clark
Community College in Godfrey in 2012.
Dehner plans to release a limited edition 1,000 copies at book signings and by mail. He is taking pre-orders at $20 per copy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ten percent of net proceeds from limited edition sales will be donated to WSIE.