Jimmy Doolittle To Be Topic of Special Lecture
Presented By UTD’s Special Collections Department

RICHARDSON , Texas (June 17, 2004) — Award-winning aviation author Col. C. V. Glines (USAF, Ret.), best known for helping General James. H. Doolittle write his autobiography, will deliver the 2004 George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture Saturday, July 10, at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

Col. C. V. Glines General James H. Doolittle
Col. C. V. Glines  General James H. Doolittle

The lecture, titled “General James H. ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle: His Life Story,” is free and open to the public. It will be held at 4 p.m. in the McDermott Library Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the library. A reception in the Special Collections Department on the third floor will follow.

In his presentation, Glines is expected to emphasize Doolittle’s many other accomplishments besides his brave leadership of the famous April 1942 B-25 raid on Tokyo that uplifted the spirit of Americans, who until then had witnessed a string of impressive Japanese victories in the Pacific Theater.

In 1984, Doolittle allowed his name to be placed on the aviation library in UTD’s Special Collections Department. When he died in 1993 at the age of 96, Doolittle left all of his personal correspondence, flight log books, films and photographs, his Medal of Honor and other awards, copies of his scientific research papers and his famous desk and chair to the department.

The Jalonick Lecture Series was established to inform and enlighten the public about the history of flight by bringing aviation notables to the Dallas community.

Glines is a regular figure around the Special Collections Department. Every Tuesday he joins a group of volunteers who organize thousands of old aviation photographs and documents.

Glines has written two books on the historic 1942 raid on Japan and assisted the late World War II hero and aviation pioneer in preparing his autobiography, I Could Never Be So Lucky Again. Glines is the official historian for the Doolittle Raiders and is curator for their records at the aviation library. His relationship with the Raiders enabled him to write Four Came Home: The Gripping Story of the Survivors of Jimmy Doolittle's Two Lost Crews.

Also among his 35 books is a pictorial biography of Doolittle, Master of the Calculated Risk. Other books by Glines include biographies of Roscoe Turner, Bernt Balchen and the autobiography of Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois, one of America’s first military flyers (co-author).

Glines served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot for a full career and retired in 1968. He is co-holder of three national and international aviation speed records.

“The Special Collections Department is very thankful for the generosity of George Jalonick IV and Mary Jalonick for establishing this prestigious lectureship,” said Dr. Erik D. Carlson, department coordinator. “We are just as fortunate to have C. V. Glines working with us on a consistent basis and for agreeing to make the Jalonick presentation for 2004.”

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