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Legendary Locals of Oak Cliff: Author Talk and Book Signing

June 23, 2014

Legendary Locals of Oak CliffDALLAS (SMU) –Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, LPGA founder Babe Didrikson, actress Belito Moreno, musician T-Bone Walker and pastor Tony Evans are among those who once called the Dallas suburb, Oak Cliff, home.

SMU faculty member and author Alan Elliott will discuss these personalities and others at a book talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the North Oak Cliff branch of the Dallas Public Library.

Elliot, Patricia K. Summey and Gayla Brooks, authors of Legendary Locals of Oak Cliff (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) will speak at the talk sponsored by the Dallas Mayor's Summer Reading Club.

Elliot, an Oak Cliff native, is a faculty member in SMU's Department of Statistics and the author of more than 30 books, ranging from histories to children's books to technical books.


 WHAT: Authors discuss Legendary Locals of Oak Cliff (Arcadia Publishing, 2013)

 WHO: Alan Elliot, Patricia K. Summey and Gayla Brooks

 WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26

 WHERE: North Oak Cliff Branch Library, 302 West 10th St., Dallas, 75208

 MORE INFO: www.dallaslibrary.org/msrc

More About Alan Elliott

Alan Elliott is a native Texan with a knack for story. He is co-author of the movie Angels Love Donuts (with Leon McWhorter) filmed in Dallas and released on DVD. In addition to  Legendary Locals of Oak Cliff (released September 2, 2013 from Arcadia), he is the author of Willy, The Texas Longhorn, a children's picture book from Pelican.

Alan ElliottHe is also the author of Images of America: Oak Cliff (a pictorial history of the Oak Cliff section of Dallas), Currents in American History (a brief history of the United States based on significant incidents that shaped our history, with Terry Bilhartz), Texas Ingenuity: Lone Star Inventors, Inventions, and Innovators, and A Daily Dose of the American Dream, Stories of Success, Triumph and Inspiration (365 American success stories.)

Alan serves as the Executive Director of Baby Moses Dallas. Since 2004, Baby Moses Dallas has educated the public about the Texas Safe Haven "Baby Moses" Law that encourages mothers who might otherwise harm her baby to turn over the child to medical or rescue personnel. Through the group's efforts, State prescribed signs have been placed at nearly all Fire Stations and Hospitals in Dallas County and thousands of pieces of educational materials have been provided to hospitals, fire stations, schools, and community fairs. Since the inception of the program, the number of killed, "dumpster," and abandoned babies has been reduced dramatically.

SMU Summer Author Series

Members of the SMU faculty, including Alan Elliott, are participating in the Dallas Mayor’s Summer Reading Club as part of the University’s joint efforts with the Dallas Public Library to encourage adult reading along with reading for children this summer. A schedule of the faculty, when and where they will speak, and their books — from which they will read — follows:

June 26, 6:30 p.m.

North Oak Cliff
Alan Elliott
Dedman College
Legendary Locals of Oak Cliff

July 24, 1:30 p.m.

Lochwood Branch
Dr. Eric Bing
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty

August 7, 6:30 p.m.

Preston Royal
Jeffrey Kahn
Dedman School of Law
Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists

August 21, 6:30 p.m.

Audelia Road
David Haynes
Dedman College
A Star in the Face of the Sky