Heroes lead, inspire, and perform memorable acts that shape the lives of others. In the pages of this book, readers will learn the stories behind Kearny's heroesthe people whose contributions made Kearny into the thriving, diverse community it is today. Ed Karolasz gave his life for his country during the war in Iraq. Councilman Norman Doyle helped a young girl get the medical attention she needed. College student Gabriela Salvador restores historic costumes for the town museum. Real estate developers Louis Lindblom and Edward Strong built the town's financial institutions and the Arlington section. Educators Peg Bixler and Barbara Toczko devoted themselves to their students. From the town known as Soccertown, USA, came John Harkes, Tony Meola, and Tab Ramos, who played on the United States team in the FIFA World Cup. But there was also Louis Eilshemius, the somewhat mad and reclusive artist, and Albert Gonzalez, a government informant and computer criminal. This "City of Opportunity" has produced more than its share of personalities that have created admirable and notorious international, national, and local legends.
About the Author
Historian and genealogist Barbara Krasner has compiled an array of biographies and images culled from archives and private collections in her fourth book about Kearny.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Civic and Business Leaders 9
Chapter 2 Soldiers 27
Chapter 3 Educators 45
Chapter 4 Sports Heroes 65
Chapter 5 Healers 79
Chapter 6 Musicians, Artists, and Writers 87
Chapter 7 Neighbors 97