Marine veteran Barry Fixler and his wife Linda invited fellow Marine veteran Rudy Socha and Susan Gregory (USAF ret.) to attend several events surrounding the release his book, Semper Cool http://www.sempercool.com/ at Book Week 2011.
Book Week 2011 took place in NYC the week leading up to Memorial Weekend which also coincides with NYC’s military oriented Fleet Week.
In attendance (and guests of Barry and Linda) were a number of active duty and veteran Marines. Also attending and assisting Barry & Linda with host duties was Taylor Dye, Publisher, Exalt Press (Semper Cool’s publisher). Taylor is a great guy who is doing a fantastic job of promoting Barry’s book.
Fleet Week and the abundance of sailors in NYC provided Barry with the opportunity to carry on the age old tradition of inter-service ribbing. Wearing his Marine Corps hat, Barry stood at the door of Legends in NYC and greeted a bunch of Navy sailors on their way out. He thanked them for serving and asked “Are those Coast Guard uniforms?”
I have read Semper Cool and highly recommend the book to everyone, veterans and non-veterans alike. It is a great read! All of the profits from the book’s sales are being donated to wounded veterans.
Here are some photos from the “Semper Cool” weekend: