July 2009


MacNeil Family in 1984 sitting on Scout

MacNeil Family in 1984 sitting on Scout

Bruce MacNeil – the founder of our Green Bay/Ashwaubenon Fun Runs passed away in Nov. of 2008.  He and his wife Beezie are major characters in my book Run at Destruction that takes place during the running boom of the 1980s. Bruce had fashioned these runs after a 1970’s Runner’s World article.  

 On July 1, 2009, it was fitting that Bruce’s whole family returned to the park where we continue to hold our weekly Fun Runs, to help dedicate a park bench in Bruce’s honor. 

MacNeil Family sitting on Bruce's Bench in Klipstine Park on July 1, 2009

MacNeil Family sitting on Bruce's Bench in Klipstine Park on July 1, 2009

There was a huge crowd that attended. Something that Bruce certainly would’ve loved, especially since we followed up the dedication with a run or a walk. Then of course there was our cookout. Chef Bruce was only missing in body, but not in memory as the entire group stayed late… remembering and celebrating his life!

Our Running Group is such a close-knit family. What’s wonderful is that it’s  something that’s been instilled in our children, who are now passing it down to the next generation. 

Isn’t that the best tribute after all?

Dedication Plaque

B&N front windowI got an email last week. My book – Run at Destruction: A True Fatal Love Triangle had shipped early. Could I come into the Green Bay Barnes & Noble to sign copies. This was it! My book was now being sold in an actual brick and mortar store. 

I parked out front of the Oneida Street location, in close proximity to the Bay Park Square Mall. Approaching the entrance, I was drawn toward the front window display. There were my books! Unbelievable! 

Inside the store ,  in addition to this prime location, they were stacked on the information desk adjacent to the sign to pre-order Dan Brown’s new novel. What an honor. I next located some in the True Crime section – after all Ann Rule did endorse it saying it was “Wonderfully written. A must for true crime readers.” I also discovered books on one of the front tables and in the Wisconsin Local Section focused on history and sports. (My book revolves around a terrible tragedy that occured within Green Bay’s close-knit running community in the 80’s. A correspondent for Track & Field News endorsed it saying, “This is the 2009 runner’s read.”)  

I’m sure appreciative that Shirley VerBruggen, the B&N Community Relations Manager had given me such good placement!

One of the employees provided me a pen, and offerred to buy me a Starbucks

Author Lynda Drews

Author Lynda Drews

from their Cafe, while I proceeded to autograph each book that she carried from the various locations mentioned. As she did, we talked about the story and my lost friend, Pamela Bulik. Both of us blinked back tears. During her dinner break that night, she said she was starting my book.  

The two of us had sealed a connection.