Mister B spins Americana history like cotton candy. The instructive and comedic Mister B is the Pinnacle Achievement Award recipient for Best Memoir, 2016. When a chauffeur-cook on the verge of financial ruin decides to help a 98-year-old rocket scientist by moving into his home, he decides to teach her a few life lessons. Together, they discover why they each still matter. A terrific, yet unusual love story.
Born in 1916, to a Polish-speaking mother, physicist Joseph Byk began his early schooling in rope-tied-baggy-pants-poverty. He was every teachers’ dreaded student. Ending his senior year, however, he aspired to design vehicles that defy gravity. Joseph B IS the loveable, bumbling scientist portrayed in Nevil Shute's romantic character, Mr. Honey, (Jimmy Stewart) in the movie, No Highway in the Sky.
For curiosity seekers of aerospace and structural science, how did it all start? Here is the story of a forgotten stress engineer whose philosophy, calculations, and outspoken opinions saved many lives. Being politically correct is not Mister B's style, though Greatest Generation story lovers, World War II hounds, and family members caring for aging parents, think of Mister B as a national treasure.
A real-time memoir with a caregiver, Mr.B causes unsuspecting readers to become mindful of things that matter in many shades of life. As this materials analyst steps into a stress manufacturing field, his story encompasses his part in WWII and the cold war race to the moon against Russian flights. Joseph Byk stress tests reconnaissance planes and helped to design structural aspects of the space shuttle Gemini, the first moon landing gear, and the beginnings of Google Earth.
978-1516845293 Paperback, 352 pages, 40 historic photographs,
BISAC 1: Biography & Autobiography / Scientists / General,
BISAC 2: Humor / Marriage & Family / Aging Older Men