“Tinkertown” Signing Event, The History of Midwest City and Tinker Air Force Base with Jim Willis

Join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20 to meet Oklahoma author Jim Willis as he discusses his new book, “Tinkertown” with Best of Books president Joe Hight.

“Tinkertown: A Wheatfield, an Airbase, and Us” tells the unique story of the founding and first three decades of both Tinker AFB and Midwest City, Oklahoma, and the role its founder, W.P. “Bill” Atkinson played in harvesting a city out of cropland in 1942.

But it is also a human drama, told through the eyes of the author and his friends who grew up there in the early years from the 1940s to the 1970s. It is an anecdote driven story that addresses a key question in life: How much of who I am is where I’m from? The story of both the base and the city are brought up to the present day in the final two chapters. The book is amply illustrated with photos from the era and today.

This event is free to attend and open to the public. Purchase a copy of “Tinkertown” at the event to get it signed by the author!

About the Author:
Jim Willis is a career writer who has authored 18 books and holds the Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
The book’s Foreword is by General Roger Brady USAF (ret.) who, like the author, is a 1964 graduate of MCHS. Brady is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Colorado State University, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Event date: 
Monday, May 20, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
1313 E. Danforth
Edmond, OK 73034