Gail Olson Chumbley began her writing career following 33 years teaching in public schools. A nationally recognized instructor of American History, Gail was ready to make the transition from regaling tales of the past to her students, to trying her hand at writing stories for a broader audience. She is a recipient of the 2004 Idaho Preserve America Award, the Daughter’s of the American Revolution National Teacher of the Year in 2005, and in 2010, and the Idaho Humanities Council Teacher of the Year. A child of the Pacific Northwest, Gail was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, graduating from Joel E. Ferris High School, later earning her degree in History from Western Washington University in Bellingham. At retirement in May of 2013, Gail and her husband, Chad settled in the Idaho Mountains above Boise.
He ached to fly, while she trained tirelessly for the stage. Part one, of the two Volume River of January, examines the dizzying development of the twentieth century through the lives of Virginia farm boy, Mont ‘Chum’ Chumbley in his quest to fly, and Helen Thompson, a glittering New York dancer who aspired to fame. Author Gail Chumbley presents an hour long program of music, pictures, documents, and your questions regarding her book, her research in the energetic years of the early Twentieth Century.