It is with sadness that we share that author Steve Maloney has passed away. In honor of Steve’s legacy, his co-author – Clare Nolan – is continuing the Take Me Home Huey book tour and will speak in his stead. Nolan is an award-winning documentary, multimedia writer and producer whose work has been featured globally on the National Geographic and Discovery channels. She will discuss the making of the book and what it was like to collaborate with Mr. Maloney.
This event will be broadcast live on Zoom. Registration and an email address are required to receive the link to participate.
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About the author:
Clare Nolan is an award-winning documentary and multimedia writer and producer whose work has been featured globally on the National Geographic and Discovery channels. In the 1996 Discovery Channel documentary Hugging the Deck, Clare told the unknown story of the bloodiest naval air squadron in the Vietnam War. Among the brave and highly decorated veterans featured in Hugging the Deck were Medal of Honor recipient James B. Stockdale and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain (R-AZ), both of whom were shot down over North Vietnam and spent years as prisoners of war. For her 2007 National Geographic documentary, Secrets of the Moon Landings, Clare related the high-stakes drama of the Apollo missions through interviews with Buzz Aldrin and five of the astronauts who completed those harrowing lunar voyages. For the 2008 film Titanic’s Nuclear Secret, Clare worked with famed undersea explorer Robert Ballard to reveal how the hunt for the wreck of the Titanic, which Ballard successfully completed in 1985, was a cover story for a secret undersea exploratory mission Ballard was conducting for the U.S. Navy. Over the course of her two-decades as a reporter, writer, and documentary filmmaker, Clare has tackled a wide range of topics, from architecture, archaeology, and public policy to the wonders of the natural world. She co-authored Take Me Home Huey with the late artist and author Steve Maloney.
Steve Maloney was a contemporary artist who worked in various disciplines. His art reflected his fascination with velocity, American icons, machine forms, the humor of life itself and, most significantly, pop culture. He frequently worked with repurposed materials and objects and most recently unveiled his sculpture, “Ride-em-Copter”, a transformed decommissioned Bell Jet Ranger helicopter dressed to the hilt with colored gemstones, a Swarovski crystal chandelier, custom polished aluminum bar, yards of LED lights, ever-so-shag green carpet, cowhide seats, and more.
Take Me Home Huey documents, through stunning photographs and Maloney’s narrative, how the sculpture evolved – from a wish to honor Vietnam veterans 50 years after the war’s end into a touchstone for solace and connection among veterans, including some with PTSD. Drawing on in-depth conversations with survivors of the doomed Huey, others who served in the helicopter war, therapists, and historians, Maloney’s work is a stirring tribute to the heroes of the war in Southeast Asia.
A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program. Staff will be available for help with connecting to Zoom and technical issues beginning 15 minutes prior to the program. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join. If you have questions about this program, please contact a librarian at the Garfield Heights Branch at 216-475-8178.