Len's Summary: American racing car driver, aviation pioneer and top American WWI air ace with 26 WWI victories, Rickenbacker went overseas in 1917 as Pershing's driver, rose to command a the 94th pursuit squadron, founded a motor car company and Eastern Airlines. Rickenbacker's career is also the subject of a not always flattering biographical novel, Fast Eddie: a Novel in Many Voices by Robert L. O'Connell, Wm. Morrow, 1999.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.