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Meet the Author/Photographer: David Rocco

June 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Unfortunately the author had to postpone tonight’s event, new date TBD. Check back for updates. 

Join us for a special pre-Father’s Day event brought to you by The Chelsea at Greenburgh and the Hudson Valley Writers Center:

Please join us for a reading and discussion about The Indestructible Man, a book co-authored by David Rocco. He will also share photographs and stories from the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

About The Indestructible Man:

Dixie Kiefer was a true World War II hero. He was the first man to fly an airplane off a ship at night, Executive Officer on the carrier USS Yorktown at the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, and skipper of USS Ticonderoga when she came under brutal attack by Japanese kamikaze planes. Through it all, he performed coolly and heroically, leading his men through hell and back.

But “Captain Dixie” was much more. He was a sailor’s skipper. A man who would not ask his men to do anything he would not do. He referred to his crew as “Dixie’s kids.” His regular “cocktail club” meetings aboard his ships were legendary. And he even had a key role in an Academy Award-winning movie.

When his big aircraft carrier was hit by suicide planes, he remained on the bridge overseeing defenses and damage control for twelve hours even though he had suffered more than sixty serious shrapnel wounds and a badly broken right arm. It was not the first time he had been injured in battle but carried on performing amazing feats.

His men joked their skipper had so much shrapnel in his body that the ship’s compass followed him. When the Secretary of the Navy awarded Dixie a medal for his amazing valor, he proclaimed Kiefer to be “The Indestructible Man.” But nobody could have foreseen the end to “Captain Dixie’s” story.

For the first time, authors Don Keith and David Rocco tell the full story of this pioneering hero who inspired not only the men with whom he served but an entire nation at war.

David Rocco is an award-winning photographer of some of the Hudson Valley’s most important historic restoration projects. Photos from his pictorial essay documenting construction of the new Tappan Zee/Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge will be featured at three of the bridge’s six rest stops.  His photos have been exhibited at libraries and galleries throughout the region. His photograph of the demolition of the original Tappan Zee Bridge is under consideration for a Pulitzer Prize. His images of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy displayed at the Westchester Arts Gallery and entered into New York City permanent records. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Engineering News Record and Civil Engineering Magazine.


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June 18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States