May 28, 2001
Re: "Flesh & Blood/Project: Tomahawk"
Dear Curtiss-Wright Historical Assoc. Board Members,
My thanks again
for Kent Lentz meeting with me in regard to this proposed project. I have attached an outline of the other titles I am working on. PROJECT: TOMAHAWK is a benefit project to help underwrite the restoration of your plane
at Zamperini Field.
My projects are soley developed by myself. I am trying to create books that my children will read to their children. Because of the research and artwork required they are obviously labor
intensive. I can only complete one book every year. PROJECT: TOMAHAWK is designed to be available Christmas of this year. I was hoping to begin on Crag Breedlove's story last year, but they have had some setbacks and
are now 2 years out from their next record attempt. I am very honored to begin your story next.
As I have discussed with Kent in person, my goal is to package as best I can, our generation's unique
experience of living role models. Heroes from a time that required no special effects, cartoons or computer animation. I want my children to share what it was like to meet the actual Masked Man. Not a studio stand-in,
not a celebrity look-a-like. A real life Hero made of "FLESH & BLOOD." I want them to sit in the cockpit of an authentic War Hawk that our skies will never see again. I want them to shake the hand of the
only man to drive a car over 800 miles per hour...
My production costs will be paid for out of spot advertising pre-sold in the book. In this way each book stands on it's own. The net production and inventory of
this book shall belong to your group. An additional showing and auction of original art from the project is also possible. The only thing I will retain are my copyrights. The resulting income from various fund-raisers
and sales of the book should be substantial.
I am including a copy of my press kit biography, another title I have worked on, some sample art etc.
It means a great deal to me, like the others who helped
you get this far, to be a contributing member of your team.