Unremembered: Tales of the Nearly Famous & the Not Quite Forgotten - Softcover

By Ken Zurski

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Unremembered: Tales of the Nearly Famous & the Not Quite Forgotten - Softcover
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Ken Zurski is a Peoria author 

Readers' Favorite Review...Unremembered: Tales of the Nearly Famous & the Not Quite Forgottenis a nonfiction collection of historical events and figures written by Ken Zurski. Zurski is a broadcaster, speaker and author whose books recreate the past. This book casts a spotlight on several dozen personalities and shares their contributions to society and progress. Among them are Nellie Bly, who bluffed and blustered her way into a well-deserved career in journalism when women were not welcome, and who circumnavigated the globe in less than 80 days; Nathaniel Currier, whose lithographic processes changed how news was disseminated, and Sam Patch, the Jersey Jumper, whose acrobatic skill and daring finally met its match in the Genesee Falls. Zurski covers the tragic, fiery destruction of the Lexington in the Long Island Sound on a freezing winter night; the fiery conflagration that leveled the New York City's Wall Street Area and the Great Chicago fire; and the evolution of the flying machine. 

Ken Zurski's Unremembered is a grand and glorious tapestry of events and personages whose impacts were definitely felt, but whose stories have for the most part been forgotten or overlooked. I was fascinated by the way he weaves each person into the stories he tells, and I loved the care with which he develops his stories about Niagara Falls and aviation history, and used lithographs and historical artwork in his presentation. Zurski is a gifted storyteller who makes those forgotten people come to life -- he even instills a purpose and rationale for the temperance firebrand Carrie Nation as he discusses the development of women's rights and suffrage through the 19th and 20th centuries. I was fascinated by his stories and loved learning about the unknown heroes, villains and trailblazers he highlights in this work. I was also pleased with the extensive bibliography he included. Unremembered: Tales of the Nearly Famous & the Not Quite Forgotten is most highly recommended.

Peoria Magazines: "Over the last six years, [Zurski has] proven himself to be a remarkable historian, storyteller and writer." 

Marty Wombacher, Meanwhile, Back In Peoria...: "Ken has an impressive writing style that is equal parts factual reporting and conversational story-telling. When you mix those two styles and weave them into tales with eccentric and unique people involved in unusual slices of life, it feels like someone is telling them to you around a campfire, even though you're reading the words in a book. That's a real gift and Ken Zurski has it." 

Ken Zurski, author of The Wreck of the Columbia and Peoria Stories, provides a fascinating collection of once famous people and events that are now all but forgotten by time. Using a backdrop of schemes and discoveries, adventures and tragedies, Zurski weaves these figures and the events that shaped them into a narrative that reveals history's many coincidences, connections, and correlations. 

We tumble over Niagara Falls in a barrel, soar on the first transcontinental machine-powered flight, and founder aboard a burning steamboat. From an adventurous young woman circumnavigating the globe to a self-absorbed eccentric running for President of the United States, Unremembered brings back these lost stories and souls for a new generation to discover. 

John Alcock
Nellie Bly 
Isambard K. Brunel
Samuel Cunard
Nathaniel Currier 
Annie Edson Taylor
Ruth Elder
William Harnden
Father Louis Hennepin
Dorothy Kilgallen
Samuel Langley
Bobby Leach 
John Ledyard
Thomas Moran
Catherine O'Leary
William B. Ogden
Fanny Palmer 
Sam Patch
Rembrandt Peale
Cal Rodgers
Amos Root 
Janet Scudder
George Francis Train
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Arthur Whitten Brown
John Wise
Victoria Woodhull

Sam DePino, former radio anchor and corespondent for ABC News: "Zurski writes like a broadcaster by using word, in this case written words, to paint pictures in people's minds."

Christoph Traugott, Peoria Historical Society: "I like the thematic hand-gliding style, cast of thousands, one conceptual framework imprint, thread in and out, appear, disappear, reappear, loop back, loop forward, disparate threads into a comprehensive whole, an awesome literary hook."

Ken Zurski is a longtime broadcaster, author and speaker based out of Peoria, Illinois. A native of the Chicagoland area and a veteran of radio news, Ken released his first book, The Wreck of the Columbia, in 2012. Unremembered is his third book. Ken resides in Morton, Illinois with his wife, Connie, and two children, Sam and Nora. 

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Amika Press (August 9, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937484629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937484620
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches