Today, Friday April 24 would have been the release and book signing of our 3rd and final Pass it On book…”Pass It On 3-Making Good Progress.
As we had done before, a majority of the contributors (see list of Book 3 contributors below) had already confirmed that they’d be in Indy at FDIC today for the signing. It’s always a pretty cool event where each contributor to Pass It On 3, would line up along these long tables, and we’d all be thrilled to catch-up, visit and share (and sign each of their chapters) with all those attending FDIC …and each other…over the excitement of this book.
It didn’t quite work out the way we had planned and unfortunately (but appropriately) none of us are there for FDIC. My first FDIC was in 1977 and I have never missed one. When it comes to the learning, teaching and social aspects – FDIC is 2nd to none – and it has majorly contributed to my countless career blessings. So missing it this year isn’t easy-but whats done is done.
SO, while we are not together physically, I am THRILLED to release PASS IT ON 3 — Making GOOD Progress.
While you may be surprised to know this, I actually don’t know what’s in the book (other than my own stuff) until I get my final copy-which arrived last week. As in the first two books, I reach out to some a great range of folks and give them an opportunity to share the BEST of what they know-to “pass it on” to the newest firefighter, to the oldest chief and everyone in-between.
Everyone gives. Everyone Learns. And while I do write an intro to each chapter contributor – that is just based upon what I know about them-but I never read what they submit until the book is done. I am thrilled to read what they have to say as much as you are.
Why don’t I read what they submit?
When I decided to do the first “Pass it On-What We Know-What We Want You To Know” book…I selected all great people. However, some were people that I may not have always agreed with -such as their perspective or opinions. And that is precisely why I let them write what they felt they needed to say and share-without my reading it first. If I picked people who I thought would only agree with my attitudes, opinions, perspective, philosophies and such-you would get a book of very limited scope. So I did it the way we did-and it worked really, really well.
Thanks to each of you who own a copy of Pass it On 1 and 2, as we have raised thousands upon thousands of dollars for the D.C. Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Pass it On 3 is no different-as 100% of my proceeds will again be donated. It should also be noted that every contributing author did the same, not making anything on this book.
I received my copy last week and am so appreciative for the contributors-for all the work they did-and for the work Fire Engineering Books staff did. It’s really fantastic and I promise that you will not be disappointed.
Pass It On 3-Making Good Progress is 520 pages from over 80 contributors (see attached list) providing as diverse a range of fire service based opinions and experiences as possible. Here is a picture of what the back page looks like-to give you an idea of the contributors.
So since we can’t see you at FDIC today-we hope you will take some time to check out “PASS IT ON 3-Making Good Progress” and purchase a copy.
PLEASE NOTE: Fire Engineering Books is also offering all 3 “Pass it On” books in a bundle at a very cool deal:
I hope this message finds you and yours doing well. This has been a very tough time for so many and we hope and pray for good health and peace for all.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On. Enjoy The Book.
Billy G & Friends