Myles Traveled is a great story. It’s an inspirational story. It’s the American Dream.”

— JIM LACHEY OSU All-American

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“O-H” … The First Book Sold

It only seemed fitting. O-H. The Universal Buckeye Greeting. If you have read the post below, you are aware of the book launch at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Actually, though, the first sale occurred before that event even started. It is a story only that could only happen in Buckeye Land. As the saying goes, we are everywhere!

Bill and Lorita were in the Negro Leagues Museum lobby, setting up, a good hour or more before the event was to start. They had no literature out, no signs up, no books in sight. The boxes with the books weren’t even open yet. Bill was wearing his red “You Win With People” Woody Tee Shirt, when from across the lobby, he heard an “O-H”.

Naturally he answered, “I-O”.

The gentleman who had called out strolled across the lobby and the conversation went something like this:

“Where you from?” Bill Asked. “Columbus, Ohio”, the gentleman answered. “Where you from?”

“I’m from Columbus too,” Bill answered.  “What are you here for?”

“I’m just passing through, and wanted to see the Negro Leagues Museum. What you here for?”

“I’m here to have a signing for my book,” Bill answered.

“Oh, what book is that?” the gentleman continued. Well, one thing led to another and pretty soon Bill is opening a box and pulling out a copy of Myles Traveled and telling the man his life story. It didn’t take long. After looking the book over, and listening to Bill, the gentleman said, “I’ll take this.” And that’s how the very first copy of Myles Traveled was sold. And it all started with an “O-H”.  See the picture below if you don’t believe me…


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Myles Traveled Book Cover

Available now from

Barnhardt & Ashe Publishing, Inc.

(Click link above and scroll down to the “purchase now" button on the publishers website.)