Saturday, September 30, 2006

The rush is on

On Sept. 27, just 10 days after a representative of my book publisher said the page proofs of the Red Faber biography will arrive at the "end of October," the proofs were on my doorstep.

Apparently, she typed "end of October" when she meant "end of September."

In any case, I now must proofread the 250+ pages and create an index for the book. The publisher now says it wants to put the book on the press Oct. 25.

After months of waiting, the rush is on! I've already changed weekend plans to carve out more time to get to work on this.

Now, off to proofread!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Red Faber's nephew dies

An obituary in Thursday's Telegraph Herald caught my attention. Alfred J. Faber, a nephew of Urban "Red" Faber, had died a few weeks earlier in Surprise, Ariz. He was 86.

Dr. Faber, whose father Alfred was Red Faber's brother, was one of my sources for my Faber biography. In our telephone conversation, in 2003, Dr. Faber remembered visiting Comiskey Park for Red Faber Day in August 1929 and watched his uncle pitch. He recalled the sound of the White Sox star's fastball "as a thousand bees."

Here is the obituary as it appeared in the TH.

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Dr. Alfred J. Faber, 86, of Surprise, died Monday,
Aug. 28, 2006, in Surprise.

Memorial services were held Sept. 1 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sun
City West. Burial was in All Saint Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill. The
Sunland Memorial Chapel, Sun City, was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Faber served as a family physician in Des Plaines for more than 33 years, where he opened Clinical Associates, adding additional physicians. He was instrumental in the building of Holy Family Hospital and served as its chief of staff. After retiring in Illinois, he practiced another 10 years in the Sun Cities area in Arizona.

He was born on June 13, 1920, in Cascade, Iowa, son of Alfred and Lulu
Mae Faber.

After receiving his bachelor of science degree from Loras College, Dubuque, and his medical degree from Loyola College of Medicine, Chicago, he served in the Navy at Great Lakes Naval Station and Samoa in the South Pacific.

He served as chairman of the Chicago Medical Society, president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, as well as many committees and boards of medicine in Chicago, the state and national levels, including that as vice chairman of Legislation for the American Medical Association. He also was on the Cardinals Advisory Committee of Chicago.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol (Terry) Langan, of Des Plaines, and Ellen (Scott) Bryson, of Helena, Mont.; four grandchildren, John (Kelly) Langan, of Chicago, Ashlie Langan, of Des Plaines, Katie (Jeremiah) Petersen, of Missoula, Mont., and Laura (Gerrick) Grover, of Stevensville, Mont.; a great-grandchild, Mikayla Hall; and Marie Kehr, his close friend and companion.

He was preceded in death by Ruth, his wife of 57 years, and a son, Michael.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to your favorite charity.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Latest from McFarland

Dear Mr. Cooper:


Your manuscript has entered the preliminary design phase. At this point
it seems likely that you'll receive proofs by the end of October.
November is still a good target date for publication, depending on how
things go within the next six weeks.


Sincerely,


Virginia Tobiassen


Editorial Development Chief


McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers

Friday, September 08, 2006

One wait to soon come to an end?


I have been waiting many months -- since Christmas, actually -- for acceptance, editing and release of my Faber biography. Actually, I have been waiting even longer for the Society of American Baseball Research's compilation of mini-biographies, Deadball Stars of the American League. I have written the chapter on Faber.

In June, authors were told release was imminent. And then it wasn't.

The wait for the Deadball book might be coming to an end. The editors said that page proofs will be available for authors' review starting next week. Apparently the proofs will be released by section, according to each player's team. I can't decide whether I want them to release the Chicago White Sox at the beginning or the end. Either way, there will be more waiting involved.