The Bill Cook Story II

The Bill Cook Story II : The Re-Visionary

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Working from the spare bedroom of his Bloomington, Indiana, apartment in 1963 with a $1,500 investment, Bill Cook began to construct the wire guides, needles, and catheters that would become the foundation of the global multi-billion-dollar Cook Group. This story has been eloquently told in Bob Hammel's The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim. The sequel to this story explores Cook's final years, when the restoration work he championed, epitomized by the spectacular West Baden Hotel, became a driving force in his life and a source of great satisfaction and pleasure. Hammel takes us behind the scenes on the important restorations of Beck's Mill, a Methodist Church that is now Indiana Landmarks Center, and the remarkable commitment of Cook toward reviving his home town, Canton, Illinois. At the heart of the book are the events of Bill Cook's final days and his death in April, 2011, but this solemn chronicle soon gives way to fond recollections of Cook's extraordinary life and legacy, and to the continuing saga of the company he founded as it looks toward a bright more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 131 color illus.
  • 0253016983
  • 9780253016980

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"In The Bill Cook Story II: The Re-Visionary, Bob Hammel engagingly highlights several of Cook's major restoration efforts, and also chronicles how he remained dedicated to such work even as his health failed." -Indiana Magazine of Historyshow more

About Bob Hammel

Bob Hammel is a journalist and lifelong resident of Indiana. He is author or co-author of twelve books including The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim! (IUP, 2008) and (with Bob Knight) Knight: My Story and The Power of Negative more

Table of contents

Introduction: Four Fruitful, Philanthropic, Futuristic YearsPart One. Restorations1. Beck's Mill, 20072. Canton, Illinois, 2008-3. Old Centrum, 2011Part Two. Measuring the Days4. Friday April 15, 2011. Death of a Giant5. Saturday, April 16, 2011. No Chance for Privacy6. Saturday Night, April 16, 2011. The Show Goes On7. Sunday, April 17, 2011. A Day of Remembering8. Monday, April 18, 2011. Just the Silence9. Saturday, April 23, 2011. A Day at the Office10. Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Celebrating Quite a LifePart Three. Outside the Lines, 2007-201111. Zenith12. Alger-ian Advice, April 9, 201013. Newport Hill Climb, 2009-2010Part Four. Looking toward the Future14. 2013 Was GoldenPostscriptIndexshow more

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