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From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks is a biography of Charles W. Gehrke, founder of ABC Labs, now EAG Laboratories, one of Columbia’s largest employers. The book outlines Gehrke’s journey from the poverty of his childhood to his scientific work at the University of Missouri, which included analyzing the moon rocks brought back from NASA’s 1960s moon landings.

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Melon Fields to Moon Rocks

It is available at

Yellowdog Bookshop at 8 S. Ninth St., Columbia;

Boone County History & Culture Center at 3801 Ponderosa, Columbia.

Historic Movie Theaters of Columbia

Historic Movie Theaters of Columbia, Missouri, will go on sale Oct. 11, 2021. A Meet the Author event will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30 at the Boone County History & Culture Center. The author Dianna Borsi O’Brien will talk about what’s not in the book and the process of writing a book about history when you’re not a historian. The book will be for sale for $21.99 at the Boone County History & Culture Center at 3801 Ponderosa, Columbia.