Saturday, May 08, 2010
Author and SC State University alumnus, Bob Rogers ’66 will conduct a book signing on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Crawford-Zimmerman Complex.
Rogers’ novel entitled “Will & Dena: Love and Life in World War II,” explores the lives of a young couple in love caught in the snare of World War II. Will, a lumberjack and amateur baseball player, falls in love with Dena, a beautiful and head-strong co-ed. While a world war rages, their dreams are threatened, first by classism when Will is declared not good enough by Dena’s mother. Meanwhile, a group of powerful businessmen have designs to exploit Will’s extraordinary baseball skills for their financial gain until the Ku Klux Klan intervenes.
“The main characters of the book were molded in the image of people I knew or people whose stories I heard elders tell and re-tell after the war,” stated Rogers. “Several incidents that I wrote about are experiences from my life that I lent to Will, Dena and Will’s friends,” he continued.
Upon leaving SC State University in 1966 as a distinguished military graduate, Rogers served his country as an army officer for four years, departing at the rank of captain in 1970. During his service, he was a paratrooper and led soldiers of the army’s A Troop, 10th Cavalry during the Vietnam War.
Rogers joined International Business Machines (IBM), a multinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation, in 1970 and held many staff and management positions before retiring after 33 years with the company. He is the founder and president of Global Medical Data, Inc. which provides electronic health records services for physician practices and clinics in North Carolina and Texas.
Rogers is married and has three sons and four grandchildren. He is an avid baseball fan and resides in Charlotte, N.C.