Chambers, as it is entitled, consists of 5 volumes, each reflecting a different aspect of Bob's life and corresponding thematically to Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem, "the Chambered Nautilus". The nautilus pictured on the cover of each volume and on the case in which they are collectively housed is the actual shell found by Bob nearly 70 years ago in the Phillipines while serving in World War II.
Orders should be placed by February 7th and can be picked up at the Section office or at WATERCON. The entire volume sells for $35.00 and requires pick up at the office in St. Charles or at WATERCON.
Dear Friends of Bob Sasman,
As many of you already know, for
the past year or so, Bob Sasman and I have worked on crafting his
autobiography. As we say in "the biz,”
the book is now hot off the press and ready for distribution. We are both very pleased with the final product.
as it is entitled, consists of 5 volumes, each one reflecting a difference
aspect of Bob’s life and corresponding thematically to Oliver Wendell Holmes’
poem, "The Chambered Nautilus.” The
nautilus pictured on the cover of each volume and on the case in which they are
collectively housed is the actual shell found by Bob nearly 70 years ago in the
Philippines while he was serving in World War II.
Volume I, "The Ship of Pearl,” tells of
Bob’s mostly idyllic personal life, recounting his escapades as a child, his
marriage to Judy and their children, and his marriage to Mardy after Judy
In Volume II, ”The Making of
a Colonel,” Bob chronicles
his experiences in ROTC, the US Army, and the Army Reserve, giving details of
the various places where he trained and served as well as the process he
undertook on his way to becoming a Colonel.
Volume III, a discussion of Bob’s
career with the Illinois State Water Survey, is named, "Call Me Mister Water,” as that
sobriquet was often used by his associates in the field and the people in
Illinois who called his office for service.
Volume III also discusses the changes that occurred during his tenure
with the Survey as well as the conferences he attended, speaking engagements he
accepted, and numerous articles he published either alone or in cooperation
The title for Volumes IV, "The Voice That
Sings,” was selected by me.
It is not only a line from the 4th stanza of Holmes’ poem,
but also a way to tell the audience that this volume reflects Bob’s deepest
thoughts and feelings as it records his travelogues, personal essays, and short
stories. I like to think of it as a
reflection of his soul.
Volume V, "Stately Mansions,” refers to
the 200+ years of ancestry that created a foundation for the man Bob has
become. It includes pictures and
anecdotes that date from the 1800s. In
the future Bob plans to create a flash drive or CD of more than 1300 names of
ancestors that his years of research and numerous journeys have led him to
The entire 5-volume set contains over 2200 numbered pages of text and
pictures plus additional pages of records and data. Place your order online and indicate if you want to pick up your book at WATERCON or at the Section Offices in St. Charles. Deadline to
respond is February 7.
Sandy Flannigan, Bob’s biographer