PASO ROBLES — Jim Gregory, local author, will be the speaker for the upcoming Estrella Warbird Museum dinner meeting set for June 4.
Gregory will be speaking about his new book: “Central Coast Aviators of World War II.” It is his fourth book about the subject of San Luis Obispo County History, and was released on May 14 by The History Press.
His third book, “San Luis Obispo County Outlaws: Desperados, Vigilantes and Bootleggers,” was also published in October 2017. His second book on the history of the Arroyo Grande Valley, “Patriot Graves: Discovering a California Town’s Civil War Heritage,” was named a national finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award; “World War II Arroyo Grande” appeared in 2016.
Jim taught American literature, modern world literature, cultural anthropology, advanced placement U.S. history and AP European history for thirty years at Mission College Preparatory School in San Luis Obispo, California, and at Arroyo Grande High School. He, with his brother and two sisters, was raised in the Upper Arroyo Grande Valley and attended the two-room Branch Elementary School. He then studied journalism and history at Cuesta College; the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received his bachelor’s degree; and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He was an editor at ABC-Clio in Santa Barbara and a newspaper reporter in San Luis Obispo before becoming a teacher. He has also worked as a research historian for the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society.
Jim was the Lucia Mar Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year in 2010-11. In 2004, he received a Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship to study the Depression and New Deal with Pulitzer Prize-winning Stanford University professor David Kennedy, an experience that only deepened his fascination with the 1930s and 1940s. He has led several student trips to Europe, including visits to many of the villages and cities where young Americans fought in 1944-45.
The public is invited and reservations are required. Dinner is $20 with a no-host bar. To make a reservation, please call (805) 296-1935. Reservations must be made before noon Monday, June 4. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.