Posted in october 2013
Well, the Book Signing Bash was fantastic! The Tesuque Room at the Inn and Spa at Loretto was packed with friends and fans of Forrest.
My family and I arrived about five minutes after five and the place was already full of happy people. As you walked in, there was a long table where Forrest was signing books. His youngest grandchild, Piper, helped him by writing down the name of the person for whom he was signing the book. It was quite noisy and difficult for Forrest to hear. At the end of the table were most of the books that Forrest had written, which were also available for purchase.
Bob Haworth was up on stage playing … mostly background music. My three children and I waited patiently to say hello to Forrest. We had met him on one previous occasion at his home. He is always kind and gentle and has a twinkle in his eye.
There was a nice buffet and alcohol and soft drinks for everyone. It was a very festive atmosphere and everyone was excited to be there. It was easy to spot the treasure hunters from the long-time friends. The treasure hunters were looking around the room more and had their books in hand. The long-time friends were busy catching up with one another!
Around 5:45pm Forrest came up front and thanked various people who helped him with his book and then he thanks Bob Hayworth for coming. Forrest didn’t talk long, but rather turned it over to Bob.
Bob said that he and Forrest went back a long ways … and that Forrest asked him to write a song about his book … and to include the Inn at Loretto. Bob laughed and said, “It’s not easy to write a song about a book, but I’ve done it once before … for the Thrill of the Chase” (or something to the that effect!). Anyway, he sang his song and it was terrific! Then Bob went on to sing many, many more songs. He even played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on his saw! It was very enjoyable.
I’m sure it was an exhausting evening for Forrest … he was very generous with his time and trying to visit with everyone. I did manage to get a few photos with him. One of his granddaughters took the photo of me and Forrest. I jokingly told her, “He forgot to smile.” She said, “Yes, he never smiles!”
It was a grand time … I hope that those of you not able to attend can appreciate the event through my words and my photos.