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Local History Author Jack Keefe Book Signing at Bobzbay Books

Local History Author Jack Keefe Book Signing at Bobzbay Books

Date & Time
Saturday, May 13, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
419 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL, 61701
(309) 740-2012
Author Jack Keefe will be at Bobzbay on Saturday, May 13th from 10AM – 12:00PM to sign books and chat about his book “Echoes of Purple and Gold”!
Jack, born and raised in Bloomington, IL has been a journalist since 1966 (radio, television and print), a Bloomington-Normal Realtor from 1994 to 2017, and also wrote “How Time Flies” in the Pantagraph 2006-2022.
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Books will be available for purchase during the event, if you aren’t able to attend and would like a signed copy, email us at and we can have the author sign a copy for you while they are here.
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About “Echoes of Purple and Gold”:
In Echoes of Purple and Gold, Jack Keefe stacks local history like cordwood, telling forgotten tales and making odd connections that people no longer suspect.
What school kid hasn’t heard–or heard about–the story of Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? He was both fictional and real. The fictional Crane is the one everyone knows about. But there were also two real ones. One was a military man in the nineteenth century; the other had a lot of influence on central Illinois.
How many times has anyone ever heard the surname Magoun? The name is all but gone now from the city he called home. But he was once a household name until his bank went under. Arguably, it killed him.
What about General Custer and Seventh Cavalry? They didn’t just magically appear in Montana to make history. First, they had to water their horses in Illinois. The general even had to do some birthday shopping there.
Most people already know colors don’t make a noise. But when you read the title chapter of this book, you’ll understand the phrase.
Echoes of Purple and Gold has stories you might think you know: high school colors, sinking ships, a hanging, and a central Illinois man who put Zane Grey on the literary map.
Add a toddler who was run over by a train and still telling about it a lifetime later, the city’s fattest men enjoying an enormous meal the night before Thanksgiving, plus the magic of railroads coming to town. They have never been presented as they are in this book.
All these things make for history, memories…and echoes.
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If you are an author interested in having a book signing or other event at Bobzbay, send us an email at (please don’t message us on social media, it’ll get lost). Our schedule is filling up so even chatting about tentative dates is good, we’re looking about 2+ months in advance usually.