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HCC Dean Publishes Following Footsteps in Freeport

FREEPORT -- Highland Community College Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Thompson Brandt recently published a new book, "Following Footsteps in Freeport." Local feature writer Harriet Gustason, whose name is synonymous with Freeport, has written a Foreword to introduce it. "Following Footsteps in Freeport," released by Bookstand Publishing in Morgan Hill, California, is a memoir as well as a tribute to the Pretzel City. Books are available for purchase for $24.95 in paperback or $9.99 in e-book format .

Dean Brandt

Thompson Brandt

The author has generously assigned all profits from sales of his book to Freeport Noon Rotary. A number of local sponsors helped support publication costs. Among these are Beggin Tipp Lamm, LLC; Burke Tubbs Funeral Homes; Dan Hazzard Midwest Investment Services; Freeport Health Network; Freidag Associates CPAs; Highland Community College; Holman-Dahms Insurance; Sanitary Cleaners; Shockey and Cox, LLC; and U.S. Bank.

The publisher is marketing the book as "an entertaining glimpse of what's appealing about our small town way of life through sparkling, real-world details about what makes our community a great place of live and work." The 164-page volume contains stories set in Freeport about the moon, a third grader's attempt at writing, words of wisdom from a notable biographer, and why the author of "Following Footsteps in Freeport" considers the Pretzel City his center of the universe. There are also tales about illnesses, a horse named "Maggie," a great university, courtships and a wedding, a cherished gift, dreams, and dropping off a daughter at college. Finally, there are sagas about a father-son relationship, composing for the clarinet, an exchange student's year-long stay in Freeport, and a trip down memory lane in a prized home.

 "I wrote these stories with a few purposes in mind," said the author. "Most importantly, I wanted to pay tribute to Freeport and the moral fiber of my great-great-grandparents who settled in Northwest Illinois in the middle nineteenth century. Some stories are lighthearted and others heartrending. Many are accompanied by supporting color photographs. In the end, I hope readers will be thankful for the relationships they have with others and in so doing keep rediscovering the joy and significance of human interdependence."

Dr. Brandt, a native Chicagoan, earned degrees from Drake University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin. Thompson has served as president of Freeport Noon Rotary, vice-president and frequent guest conductor of the Freeport Concert Band, an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Freeport, a director on the boards of the Freeport Community Concert Association and Freeport Art Museum, and a member of the Stephenson County Historical Society and Lincoln-Douglas Society. Among subjects he has also written about are Jane Addams, John Philip Sousa, Harry Truman, Drake University bands, and legendary Freeport music educator Karl Kubitz. Thompson and his wife, Dagny, live in Freeport with their children, Kristin and Carsten.

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