Doraville, GA, February 5, 2015 – by Trey Benton – Local author and Doraville resident, Bob Kelley has compiled vintage photographs from the David J. Sencer CDC Museum and various national health agencies to trace the history of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Kelley’s book, new from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series titled Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is comprised of more than 200 vintage images that together tell the story of how the CDC is among the “first responders” to major natural and manmade tragedies such as Ebola outbreaks in Africa; Toxic Shock Syndrome; Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina and Hugo; and earthquakes all over the world. “Since 1946, CDC has utilized scientific and epidemiological expertise to help people around the world enjoy healthier, safer, longer lives,” Kelley said.
Kelley told The Post that a few years ago, he toured the CDC Museum to do a feature newspaper article and once he saw the many things CDC does and has done for nearly 70 years, he was inspired to tell their story. “I just felt this was a great message to share with people,” said Kelley. “I believed this type of book would be an excellent venue to showcase CDC’s history.”
Having been nearly 25 years since anything was published on CDC’s history, Kelley said he thought the timing was right for his book. “I believed many people knew CDC just for their participation in national emergencies and disease outbreaks, but it is so much more! So many of the preventive health measures we have in place today are the result of CDC research and surveillance,” Kelley explained. “From keeping space germs from coming back to earth from space to helping eliminate many diseases around the world (including smallpox), CDC is the true vanguard for global health. We are all, as a global village, healthier today because of their collective efforts.”
Highlights of Kelley’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention book include:
- Images of life before the CDC
- Insight into the role the CDC played in eradicating polio in the U.S., and fighting global diseases such as malaria, cholera, smallpox, measles, flu and guinea worm disease.
- Images of how illustrators such as Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) and Charles Schultz (Peanuts comic strip) played an important part of encouraging disease prevention.
There are several upcoming opportunities to meet Mr. Kelley and listen as he presents his latest work:
- Where: David J. Sencer CDC Museum
- 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, 30329
- When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 11:00am-1:00pm
Book Signing and Presentation
- Where: Barnes & Noble at Emory University
- 1390 Oxford Road, Atlanta, GA 30322
- When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Book Signing and Presentation
- Where: Barnes & Noble Perimeter
- 120 Perimeter Center West Ste 300, Atlanta, GA 30346
- When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Kelley is a native of Claremore, Oklahoma and has lived in Georgia for the past 34 years. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa and Master’s degree from Georgia State University and spent his 30-year communications career working in corporate communications for Georgia-Pacific Corp., Equifax and American Express.
A lifelong history buff, Kelley currently serves on the Board of Directors for the DeKalb Historic Society and works part-time as Doraville’s Public Information Officer, where he lives.
You can find Bob’s book at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or by calling (888) 313-2665.