Cazenovia Public Library to host lecture on aviation pioneer/Army General Jimmy Doolittle

The Cazenovia Public Library is pleased to welcome Frank T. Stritter, Ph.D. to the Community Room Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m., for a special presentation, titled “Jimmy Doolittle, General, USAF, and the Doolittle Raiders.” The event is sponsored by the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88.

He was born James Harold Doolittle, but to most Americans during the first half of the twentieth century, he was just “Jimmy”—Jimmy Doolittle. He was born seven years before the Wright brothers’ first powered flight and went on to become a true renaissance man of aviation—a dare devil test pilot and racer, a war hero, a military commander, a corporation executive, and a presidential advisor. In aviation circles, Jimmy was known as the “master of the calculated risk” because he considered the risks involved in each of his undertakings. He is perhaps best known for leading the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo in April 1942.

Frank T. Stritter is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of American Legion Post 88 in Cazenovia. His presentation will focus on the extraordinary life and career of Jimmy Doolittle, as well as on the airmen of the famed Doolittle Raiders.

All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-655-9322 or visit www.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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