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Melon Fields book launched April 27, 2017

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With a headline of “From Columbia to the moon: Charles Gehrke’s biography charts his path, the Columbia Missourian published an article about the book “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.”

Written by Marta Payne and published April 27, 2017, it provides an excellent summary of the book and Gehrke’s accomplishments. It also notes that the inaugural book launch was held on Wednesday, April 26.

If you missed the event, another book signing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 22, 2017 in the Boone County Historical Society. If you want to read the book now, you can buy it here or from Yellow Dog Bookshop at 8 S. Ninth St., Columbia Missouri.

You can also buy it here now by clicking the PayPal button below.From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks cover 032917

The book is also available through  amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel.

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Here’s more about  “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.”

Charles W. Gehrke was unflinching. Determined. Persistent.

He grew up among the poorest of the poor, yet carried only happy memories of those early years. Out of necessity he learned the value of hard work, as he and his brother helped support the family even as children — but he never complained and never stopped working even during his final days on this earth.

In the 1960s, his work searching for amino acids, the building blocks of life, drew the attention of NASA, which would soon launch missions to the moon. Gehrke was tapped to investigate the lunar samples for signs of life. Spoiler alert: He didn’t find any — but a transcript the author uncovered of a radio program from that time shows that he thought he would.

In 1968, he did something else unusual at the time and brought his research to the marketplace, launching ABC Labs. The company thrived and before its buy out in 2015 it employed about 300 people. Today, ABC Labs now part of EAG Laboratories, a global scientific services company headquartered in San Diego.

The book, “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks” highlights the adventurous life of Gehrke, an MU biochemist, entrepreneur and family man.

Published by Yolanda Ciolli’s firm, Compass Flower Press, and designed by Ginny Booker, the book was released in April 2017.

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