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The Dover Public Library will host a special evening with author John Haigh on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 PM as part of the library's Nights at the Round Table Author Series. Haigh, former Chief Steward on Air Force One, will discuss his book, Air Force One: An Honor, Privilege, and Pleasure to Serve. Haigh, who grew up in a small coal-mining community in western Pennsylvania, will share his journey from small town America to his time with some of the most powerful people in American history.
"After experiencing my first Air Force One backup trip with President Nixon to Europe and the Middle East," says Haigh, "I set a goal to become a permanent member of the Air Force One flight crew. I was privileged to fly missions that included a 33 day presidential goodwill trip with the Apollo 17 astronauts, (the last men to walk on the moon), around the world, the prime minister of India, premier of China, Chancellor of Germany, President of Turkey, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, President Carter's mother, Ms Lillian, cabinet level officers, members of Congress, high ranking military officers, Vice President's Ford and Mondale."
On September 1, 1979, Haigh was selected as a permanent member of the Air Force One flight crew. Haigh served the last 16 months of the Carter administration, 8 years with President Reagan (19 months of which were served as his Chief Steward), and 3 1/2 years as chief steward for President Bush, Sr. "The Presidents I was privileged to serve were ordinary folks like you and I, who did extraordinary things to be elected," says Haigh. "Personally, I had the time of my life fulfilling my dreams of world travels. It truly was a privilege and pleasure to serve the Presidents aboard Air Force One."
A book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to all. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School. For more information or to register, please call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.