April 6, 2020

Local Author Book Event at the Essex Library

Join local author, John S. Pfarr at the Essex Library Association, 33 West Avenue, on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. for a discussion of The Inventor’s Fortune Up for Grabs: The Legacy of the Expansion Bracelet by Suzanne G. Beyer and John S. Pfarr.

In 1913, Great Uncle Art Hadley invented the expansion bracelet, a forerunner of the modern wristwatch band that made it easier for WWI soldiers to carry their timepieces during combat. As a result, he amassed considerable wealth. He passed it on to his children, but when they died, Art’s fortune was up for grabs.

The Inventor’s Fortune Up For Grabs is a true story told through a unique structure – from the perspective of John Pfarr, the attorney who initially felt the group had not a snowball’s chance in hell of winning their case, and that of Suzanne Beyer, an heir to her great uncle’s fortune.

The author will discuss the unique two-voice structure of the book, the historical aspects of Art Hadley and his invention, legal struggles in the case – and how a group of cousins, some of whom had never met, could unite in a life-changing six-year odyssey to claim their inheritance from Uncle Art.

John will also talk about his experience of becoming a first time author. The program will include a question and answer period, followed by a book signing.

For more information about the book, visit http://www.theinventorsfortune.com.

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