An Afternoon with Robert Matzen

Author/Storyteller Visit 
Age Group: Adults, Seniors & Teens 

4/12/2014 • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sahara West location Sahara West Library

Room: Multipurpose Room

Author: Robert Matzen

At 5 a.m. on January 16, 1942, actress Carole Lombard, Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," the highest paid woman in Hollywood at the time, and the wife of the "King of the Movies," Clark Gable, stepped onto a Transcontinental & Western Airlines DC-3, designated as Flight 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana with her mother, Elizabeth Peters, and MGM publicity man Otto Winkler. Lombard had just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II. Exhausted from five days on the road, Carole intended to return to her husband in Encino, California by the fastest means possible. Fourteen hours later, Flight 3 lay a flaming pile of debris strewn across the side of Potosi Mountain, Nevada, and became known as Hollywood's greatest aviation-related mystery.

Come meet author Robert Matzen, as he shares his stories about the life and death of Carole Lombard. His exciting new book, Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, offers a fresh look at the life of Hollywood legend Carole Lombard, and her death at age 33 in the crash of TWA Flight 3 west of Las Vegas in 1942. Fireball examines the final cross-country journey of Flight 3, the other 21 people on the plane, and the effect of Lombard's death on her husband, Clark Gable.

There will be Q & A, followed by a book signing.

Robert Matzen spent 10 years with NASA working on communications in support of research related to aeronautics. But then, Robert wrote the book on research - literally. He wrote the mass-market paperback, Research Made Easy: a Guide for Students and Writers for Bantam Books. Since then, Robert has written niche bestsellers and edited the bestselling books of other authors. His fifth book topped three Amazon bestseller lists and earned a Benjamin Franklin Finalist Award as well as finalist recognition in both the USA Book Awards and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year competitions. He has appeared as an on-camera expert on the BBC2 television documentary, Living Famously: Clark Gable, and has appeared as an expert on radio for BBC4 and in print for periodicals including the New York Post and Palm Beach Post. Additionally, Robert is also a filmmaker whose work has achieved national broadcast and won awards including a New York Festivals Gold Medal, American Association of Museums Muse Award, and many others. Robert's work in film and video includes many programs for NASA where he collaborated with the Astronaut Office and many NASA senior leaders on videos for NASA events,, and NASA Television.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (702) 507-3631.