Alumnus shares success story

For Immediate Release: Oct. 8, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Larry Greenly ’65 will talk about his national award-winning book, “Eugene Ballard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot,” on Monday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218.

Greenly earned degrees in physics, architecture, chiropractic and civil engineering and has led a life as a teacher, engineer, doctor of chiropractic, editor and writer. Twenty-five years ago, his career as a freelance writer of non-fiction articles began with a long-running medical column in professional journals. During his writing career, Greenly garnered a number of writing awards, including the Parris Award.

His book, “Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot,” is about a hero who fought in World War I. This fast-paced young adult biography tells the story of pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard from his birth in 1895 to his combat experiences in both World War I and II and, finally, his return to America.

The book won a gold medal in the 2014 National Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Best Young Adult Book in the 2014 NM/AZ Book Awards, a starred review from the American Library Association, and a recommendation from Voices of Youth Advocates.

Greenly’s presentation will offer insight into the life of Ballard, who he calls the “most incredible guy you never heard of.” The presentation also will cover the process of writing and publishing a book. Greenly’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.