Eighty years ago a young man disappeared in the Utah wilderness. A large manhunt followed, but all they turned up was his last camp and a couple burros. Numerous historical books have been published that attempt to prove what happened to Everett, but his fate remains one of the biggest mysteries of the southwest. Robert Louis DeMayo will talk about the legends and facts surrounding Everett Ruess, a young vagabond who roamed the southwest in the early 1930s. His novel, Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess won a Silver for Historical Fiction by the eLit Awards. The introduction to the book was written by his nephew, Brian Ruess.
Robert Louis DeMayo took up writing at the age of twenty when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. Over the coming years he traveled to every corner of the globe, experiencing approximately one hundred countries. He is a member of the Explorers Club and the Archaeological Institute of America.
During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH. For three years he worked as marketing director for Eos, a company that served as a travel office for six non-profit organizations and offered dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. Following this, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a jeep guide in Sedona, Arizona, during the winter before he decided to write full time.
His most recent novel, The Wayward Traveler, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Currently he resides in Hollis, N.H. and Sedona, AZ, with his wife and three daughters.
All lectures are free and open to the public although a $5 donation is suggested per non-member to help defray costs.