February 22, 2020 Speaker

Surviving the bombing of Berlin at WWII’s end, Dagmar Weiss Snodgrass always remembered the kindness of the Berlin Airlift pilots who flew in food and other supplies during the 1948-1949 Soviet Union blockade.  She was especially thankful for U.S. pilot Gail Halvorsen, whom the Berlin children dubbed the “Berlin Candy Bomber” or “Uncle Wiggly Wings” because of the chocolate bars he dropped from his plane.

Becoming a U.S. citizen in 1958, Snodgrass realized a lifelong dream when she met Halvorsen, who recently celebrated his 99th birthday.  She described her meeting with him as “the most wonderful day of my life to say ‘thank you’ to this wonderful man.”  The two have stayed in touch with each other ever since.

In the years that followed, Snodgrass wrote two books, Uncle Wiggly Wings: My Love and Admiration for Berlin’s Candy Bomber and Papa and I With Zara Tustra.  She will sell copies of both books, along with her recently published autobiography, at a 10 a.m. book signing on Saturday, March 7 at Barnes & Noble in Springfield.

Robin has been writing professionally since 2007 (and working on The Great American Novel since before that), and transitioned from non-fiction freelancing to fiction when her first book was published in 2012. That was followed by two more the following year, plus a marketing E-book, while she founded Rocking Horse Publishing, also in 2012. She lives in Missouri with her husband, Dennis.

Speaking for the Springfield Writers’ Guild on January 25 2020, she will give writers pointers on the craft and what she’s learned along the way.

See more at https://robintidwellauthor.com

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