The Bill Cook Story II

The Bill Cook Story II

The Re-Visionary
Bob Hammel
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/23/2015
Format: Hardback 131 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01698-0
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Working from the spare bedroom of his Bloomington, Indiana, apartment in 1963 with a $1,500 investment, Bill Cook began to construct the wire guides, needles, and catheters that would become the foundation of the global multi-billion-dollar Cook Group. This story has been eloquently told in Bob Hammel’s The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim. The sequel to this story explores Cook’s final years, when the restoration work he championed, epitomized by the spectacular West Baden Hotel, became a driving force in his life and a source of great satisfaction and pleasure. Hammel takes us behind the scenes on the important restorations of Beck’s Mill, a Methodist Church that is now Indiana Landmarks Center, and the remarkable commitment of Cook toward reviving his home town, Canton, Illinois. At the heart of the book are the events of Bill Cook’s final days and his death in April, 2011, but this solemn chronicle soon gives way to fond recollections of Cook’s extraordinary life and legacy, and to the continuing saga of the company he founded as it looks toward a bright future.

Author Bio

Bob Hammel is a journalist and lifelong resident of Indiana. He is author or co-author of twelve books including The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim! (IUP, 2008) and (with Bob Knight) Knight: My Story and The Power of Negative Thinking.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Four Fruitful, Philanthropic, Futuristic Years
Part One. Restorations
1. Beck’s Mill, 2007
2. Canton, Illinois, 2008-
3. Old Centrum, 2011
Part Two. Measuring the Days
4. Friday April 15, 2011. Death of a Giant
5. Saturday, April 16, 2011. No Chance for Privacy
6. Saturday Night, April 16, 2011. The Show Goes On
7. Sunday, April 17, 2011. A Day of Remembering
8. Monday, April 18, 2011. Just the Silence
9. Saturday, April 23, 2011. A Day at the Office
10. Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Celebrating Quite a Life
Part Three. Outside the Lines, 2007-2011
11. Zenith
12. Alger-ian Advice, April 9, 2010
13. Newport Hill Climb, 2009-2010
Part Four. Looking toward the Future
14. 2013 Was Golden

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