This morning, I finally took a gander at the The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats, 2nd Edition, at the new Reedy Press warehouse. It looks better than I thought was possible, much better than the first edition published in 2014. It’s slick, bright white, with some great color pictures that show the drama the Arch builders experienced as they assembled Eero Saarinen’s dream. It frames beautifully the stories I told in the old book, along with new chapters about the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds, visitor center and museum, the Gateway Arch National Park and how the Arch got its name.
Now it’s your turn. You can buy a copy at a book store, or – better yet – you can get one at my launch party, from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at the Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd. After I sign the book, you can relax with some of the best food, drink, and Gateway Arch lovers around. After you’ve read the book, you’ll be really to visit the upgraded Arch with a full appreciation of what it’s all about.