How many times I laughed out loud: Not that kind of book
How many times I cried: Sad (Over Old Bet the elephant)
How many Ah-Hah moments: Several
For news buffs and historians alike, here in Southern New England, the name Glenn Laxton is an old (sorry Glenn) and familiar one. Glenn Laxton is a longtime popular radio and television personality, and now well-known historian, here in Rhode Island. An (now retired) anchor and news reporter with WPRI-TV for over four decades, Glenn Laxton covered local and national stories as well as wrote his weekly Emmy Award winning series, “Not-To-Be-Forgotten”. And... in the interest of full-disclosure, Glenn Laxton was my mentor when I was an intern and subsequent news reporter with WPRI-TV. He has remained one of my closest friends for over 17 years. Yep! I love me some Glenn Laxton!
Glenn is now busier than ever, spending much of his time writing books, and acting in TV shows and Hollywood movies. Something tells me, his finest day is still ahead of him. His latest work, Hidden History of Rhode Island / Not-To-Be-Forgotten Tales of the Ocean State, with a foreward written by (late) former Governor Bruce Sundlun, is a take-off from his Not-To-Be-Forgotten television news series, and a tremendous read for any age. If you love history and you love Rhode Island, THIS is a must read!
In this meticulously researched book, Glenn Laxton introduces us to exceptional Rhode Island citizens whom history has forgotten. It is a collection of short, intriguing, real life stories, containing everything from tales of heroism to true tragedy. Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but it has some pretty amazing untold stories, which color it’s legacy.
Glenn traveled from Woonsocket to Westerly and every place in between, using his keen investigative reporting skills, to conduct interviews, visit historical sites, and dig up old records and documents to confirm information, and carefully piece together his stories. This is more than a book, this is a labor of love. A master storyteller, Glenn Laxton’s, Hidden History of Rhode Island / Not-To-Be-Forgotten Tales of the Ocean State, gives readers first hand accounts of three brave Rhode Islanders who survived the Titanic, and tells of a whirlwind Revolutionary War romance between a Smithfield girl and a French viscount, and also shares a gut-wrenching, but miraculous story of Jumbo the elephant who lost his own life when he pushed a baby elephant out of the way of a speeding freight train, among other stories.
Hidden History of Rhode Island / Not-To-Be-Forgotten Tales of the Ocean State delivers the best Ocean State stories you’ve never heard before, yet will stay with you forever! I highly recommend this book! Who knows... within these pages, there may be an incredible story from YOUR home town! Published by the History Press, this book is available online at Amazon.com.