Brewer reflects on book and career

As the official launch of Landry Brewer’s book “Cold War Oklahoma” approaches, he gears up for appearances and book signings. April 29 the book will come out, and he will be available for signing on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at Major Bean, Friday and May 10th at Paul Jones Drug from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The book will be on sale at Grandview Pharmacy, Paul Jones Drug, Currell’s Do It Center and Gallery @112 in Sayre. The book can be pre-ordered online at Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Cold-War-Oklahoma-Landry-Brewer/dp/1467142255. 

As he stops to talk about the book and his research Landry reflected on what influenced his interest in history and writing. He especially remembers his eighth grade civics teacher, Kevin Black. 

“I never enjoyed a class that much, he treated it like a college class. We took notes and he lectured. It was his enthusiasm for the subject matter and his passion for knowledge. He is one of the few classes I ever loved. He was a huge influence for me,” Brewer recalled.

His interest in the Cold War and Oklahoma’s role in the tensions that were prominent during the time. He looked into the Altus Air Force Base and the intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites that were around western Oklahoma. He interviewed local personalities about the era and the effects it had on day-to-day routines of ordinary people. 

“The civil defense in the area was fascinating. I talked to Basil Weatherly about what they were told and how the emergency sirens that went off effected parents and children in an ordinary day,” he explained.

The book is presented in a way readers of all generations and backgrounds will be brought into the world of spies and intrigue. His background in elementary education and then onto history and political science brings a combination of reading ability and interest into the...

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