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Entertaining, intriguing,
little-known history
Book reveals 200 years of Missouri's past
by Jim McCarty | jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop

that book to put into context what those people did."
John's biggest challenge was deciding what went in and
what was left out from the thousands of historic events
lenty of books have been written about Missouri's
and fascinating people. "We tried to balance it not only in
history. But none are quite like the new one written
the timeline format but also in regions of the state," John
by John Brown, a TV news anchor for KTVI in St.
says. "So some things got left out simply
Louis.
because we wanted to include historical
"Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline" commoments from other parts of the state."
bines common themes of Missouri's stateOne of the events left out was the 1918
hood with little-known facts about obscure
Spanish Flu pandemic. "I wrote that story
Missourians who contributed greatly to the
but left it out because it was at the same
nation's progress.
time as the troops returning from World
The lavishly illustrated coffee-table book
War I," John says. "Now we realize it was a
was timed for Missouri's 200th birthday in
bigger deal than maybe we thought because
2021 says its author, who grew up in Belle
we are going through it again."
but has lived in 20 Missouri towns.
While longtime Missourians already
"It all started with my first book, which
know the story of Missouri's most famous
is 'Missouri Legends,' about 10 or 12 years
natives, such as Harry Truman, Mark
ago," John says. "I started keeping a list of
Twain and Walt Disney, newcomers will
the famous people from all these towns I
be amazed at how many influential Amerilived in. That list grew and grew and turned
cans hail from the Show-Me State. But all
into a book. This is the next extension of
Author John Brown

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