Barlow to be at Old Settlers promoting second book

woody book coverFormer Olathean and author, Woody Barlow, has published a new book entitled The Aluminum Ballet about his experiences as an air traffic controller in Olathe during the 1970s.

He will have a booth to promote and sign his recent work during the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration Sept. 11-12-13.

Barlow allows the reader to enter the world of air traffic control during the 1970s and experience the good and bad of the men and women who worked more than a million aircraft a year. Follow the antics and dark humor controllers used every day to deal with pressure in a high stress world where some didn’t survive.

The Aluminum Ballet is a novel that follows five controllers at Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center from 1968 and the founding of PATCO until the controllers strike on Aug. 3, 1981, which lead the majority to their termination from federal service to days later.

Barlow’s first book, Tarzan Wore Chaps, about his early years growing up in Olathe, won Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival and at the New York Book Festival, and is available on Amazon. The Aluminum Ballet also is available on Amazon.

Barlow was born in Kansas City, Mo., but was raised in Olathe. He was educated as an engineering draftsman before serving two years in Vietnam with the United States Navy, receiving the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device; Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Star; Navy Unit Commendation; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation, and Combat Action Ribbon.

After the military, Woody served 31 years as an air traffic controller, traffic management supervisor, and operational manager for the Federal Aviation Administration. Woody retired to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he lives with my wife Lynne and a black-and-white cat called Minnie the Mooch.

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