Remembering George W. Perry (2009)
The amazing story of George Washington Perry's world record bass catch on June 2, 1932 has been well documented in books, magazines and newspapers. But who was he? That's no longer a mystery, thanks to interviews with dozens of people, all eager to share their memories in this fascinating story of the rest of his 42 years of life and times after the catch. He became the only angler to twice win the Field & Stream magazine Big Fish Contest, became a master mechanic who could fix anything, and later took over as manager of the Brunswick, Georgia Air Park where his generosity made it possible for many Brunswick teenagers to learn to fly. Readers will learn of his quirky personality, as well as nicknames he bestowed on family members and friends. You will chuckle over anecdotes shared by those who knew him best, read about his being sued in federal court by the FBI and other agencies, and read testimonials written after his tragic death in a plane crash near Birmingham, Alabama, on Jan. 23, 1974.