Personal Stories

From wheelchair to Lambeau LeapIt’s hard to imagine an All-Pro NFL football player once in braces and a wheelchair, but that was LeRy Butler. He literally broke out of his leg braces (much like Forrest Gump), started running and never stopped until injury ended his career with the Green Bay Packers. Sue edited The LeRoy Butler Story: From Wheelchair to Lambeau Leap, co-written by LeRoy and Jim Keller.

“In doing my book, Sue Hessel helped me share the lessons of my life–that perseverance, dedication, loyalty, and strong family ties will lead to success.” – Retired All-Pro Safety LeRoy Butler

 

Book written about the Pepsi franchise holder Norman C. Gillette, Sr. was an entrepreneur who could recognize a deal when he saw one. So, when in Winona, Minnesota, a franchise holder for Pepsi-Cola didn’t see that much future in it, Gillette purchased it by buying the franchise holder’s shelving in 1937 for a mere $1200. Turns out there was liquid gold in those nickel bottles of Pepsi after all.

“I will forever be grateful we convinced Dad to tell his story. When he died soon afterwards, we felt we had something to remember him by and something to share with our children and grandchildren.” — Norma Gillette Vinger

Front of Porter coverThe family of Retired Army General Harry Porter knew he had plenty of stories to tell about his Army and later Air Force career. His career in such fields started from him being a member of West Point, class of 1931. He nearly starved to death in Bataan during World War II. Also, he was among the entourage at the Korean peace talk table. He was part of the Strategic Air Command at the time of the Cuban Missile crisis in 1962. Later, they decided to add the story of his wife to the book.

 

A book that illustrates the power of telling your story. My colleague, Libby Atwater, wrote this book about her story. Reading it gives you an idea about the power of writing your story. What Lies Within is a riches to rags to reality story that begins in New Jersey and portrays life in the 1950s and 1960s. Fathers worked, mothers ran the household, and children were allowed to be kids. This idyllic existence ended abruptly for the author when family secrets—including her adoption—were revealed. The comfortable life she knew rapidly dissolved and took her across the country to a strange new land called California. With this move came many personal losses during pivotal years in American history, when the Cuban missile crisis occurred, the civil rights movement arose, the Vietnam War grew, and assassinations abounded, taking the lives of a beloved U.S. president, his brother, and several civil rights leaders. These public losses paralleled the author’s personal losses, yet she never gave up. Atwater’s memoir is a tale of love, loss, hope, and resilience.  Available via Amazon.

A book that illustrates the power of telling your story. My colleague, Libby Atwater, wrote this book about her story. Reading it gives you an idea about the power of writing your story. What Lies Within is a riches to rags to reality story that begins in New Jersey and portrays life in the 1950s and 1960s. Fathers worked, mothers ran the household, and children were allowed to be kids. This idyllic existence ended abruptly for the author when family secrets—including her adoption—were revealed. Atwater’s memoir is a tale of love, loss, hope, and resilience.
Available via Amazon.