I must admit I wasn't familiar with Buffalo native and author Tom Langmyer, but his new book Lake Erie: History and Views sounds like a fine holiday read.
According to PR folk, “Starting with the creation of Lake Erie during the Ice Age, the story describes the lake’s discovery by Europeans, the battles for its control, how people settled and developed the region around the lake, and how the population grew along its shores. A large portion of the book explores the cities and towns tucked around Lake Erie, including the Buffalo area. The reader is also taken behind the scenes aboard a 1,000-foot lakeboat, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., on a journey up the Great Lakes. Langmyer was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and has been fascinated with the Great Lakes from an early age. He has read about the lakes, traveled around them and spent much of his life near them."
Langmyer will sign copies of the book at two weekend appearances at Borders stores—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 26 at the Cheektowaga Borders (2015 Walden Avenue), and from 2 to 4 p.m. the same day at the Orchard Park Borders (3480 Amelia Drive).
The author has worked in broadcasting for more than twenty-five years. He began his broadcasting career in Buffalo, where he was known as “Captain Tom” as an airborne traffic reporter for WGR Radio. He is currently vice president and general manager of WGN Radio in Chicago. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children, and makes frequent trips back to the shores of Lake Erie.