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David Leonard to sign copies of updated ‘Whiskey Bottle Conversations’ book Saturday

August 10, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Former Ellenburg town Supervisor David Leonard will return to this village Saturday, Aug. 12 to sign copies of an updated version of "The Whiskey Bottle Conversation," which he wrote with his late father Richard and originally published in 1999.

The book signing will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel North Woods on Main Street, Lake Placid. It was at this historic building -?then called the Northwoods Inn - that the Leonards both signed copies of the first edition of the book in May 1999.

"In 1995, while attending a funeral for the father of a friend of mine that had passed away, I came to the realization that I wanted to know more about my father's life and experiences," David said. "I was 47 and he was 75. So began our journey, our adventure."

It was during a Lake Placid snowstorm, sitting by a roaring fire, that David began a heart-warming journey with his father. It wasn't a physical journey, though; it was a trip down memory lane.

What began with a sip of J&B scotch whiskey ended with a biographical book and an enriched relationship between father and son, not to mention several empty whiskey bottles.

The 2017 version of the book includes photos not released in the 1999 version. Richard's story takes the reader from 1920, when he was born in Georgia, to the end of 1945, when Japan surrendered at the end of World War II. Richard served as a B-24 low-altitude bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater.



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