On September 23, 2010, Binghamton native Ronald G. Capalaces returned to celebrate the release of his new book, "When All the Men Were Gone: World War II and the Home Front, One Boy's Journey through the War Years", at the new Boys & Girls Club on Clinton Street. As boys and girls carrying newspaper bags hawked, "EXTRA EXTRA, read all about it!", young men in authentic World War II uniforms greeted visitors and welcomed them to the celebration. Meanwhile in the gymnasium, members from the Southern Tier Swing Dance Society cranked up the 1940's music and staged a USO Dance, providing entertainment for the scores of guests who came out for the event. Throughout the evening, the author greeted over 150 members of the community, signing each of their books with a thoughtful and personalized note.
He reflects, "For almost five hours, the people came bringing with them their 'books'...their lives and their memories of days of youth and innocence. Their faces radiated with pride that they were remembered and their service and love for the community was not forgotten. Hope and love flowed from those who stood in line for hours to share a moment at the signer’s table. Looking into their faces you could see the joy that made the First Ward and Greater Binghamton great. These people never abandoned their roots even though time and circumstance changed. It was like they had awakened from a dream and found themselves in the magical place of their youth - a place where everything looked and felt familiar."
Capalaces will be returning to Binghamton on Monday, October 11th and will be available to sign books at 6:30pm at RiverRead Books on Court Street in Downtown Binghamton. For more information about the author, book, and events, visit www.lazaruspublishers.com.