TODD W. ANTON
Todd Anton has been a U.S. History instructor for over 27 years, and his ability to work closely with his students and World War II veterans has earned him national recognition -‐ for an extensive oral history collection (nearly 5,000) involving combat veterans from WWI through the present. As a result of his nomination as VFW “Teacher of the Year”, legendary author/historian Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose took Todd under his wing and encouraged him to achieve even more. Anton serves on the board of Trustees for the late Dr. Ambrose's National World War II Museum, and the museum has featured Todd as a speaker at a gala function in Washington DC honoring the members of Congress who served in World War II and at the premiere of Steven Spielberg's documentary on his father, Arnold Spielberg's squadron in W.W. II, called the Burma Bridge Busters, at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Anton also serves as the Divisional Historian for his late father's World War II unit, the 70th Infantry Division-‐Trailblazers, and has written a history of the division's artillery units called Distant Thunder: The Field Artillery units of the 70th Infantry Division in World War II. All of these organizations understand the importance of preserving the memory and sacrifice of the “Citizen Soldier” in W.W II, and that this process begins in the classroom. They chose Anton as their ambassador. The famed National World War II Museum in New Orleans also selected Anton to be on their Board of Trustees and Anton advised on educational outreach and making museums come alive for 21st Century kids. Anton was the only educator to so honored.
As an educator for nearly 26 years Anton and his students host an annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner and the students raise the funds and serve the dinners to our worthy veterans. The first dinner hosted nearly 100 veterans. Now, 22 years and 22 dinners later this event has grown to serving nearly 2,000 veterans at each dinner. As a result we have served nearly 20,000 veterans and raised nearly $140,000 to do this. Somehow the spirit of service and honor are infectious and his students change lives on that special night. It is truly special.
As a son of a decorated World War II/Korean War Army combat veteran, the late Wallace P. Anton, Todd has been inspired on a personal level to honor the “Greatest Generation.” Wally Anton raised a son dedicated to preserving the stories of the men who served America in the time of its greatest need. Many of these men walked away from baseball and football to serve a nation they loved more.
Anton's books: No Greater Love, and When Baseball Went to War have inspired FOX News Channel's War Stories with Oliver North to produce a show dedicated to Baseball and World War II veterans called “From the Ballpark to the Battlefield: Baseball and World War II.” Anton joined Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling and noted baseball historian Bill Nowlin as the advisors for this show. You can view that here at (http://www.hulu.com/watch/68787 )
When America goes to war, it requires its most able-‐bodied citizens to join the fight. Many soldiers were extraordinary athletes who walked away from a game they loved to serve a country they loved more. Professional football contributed its talent to the efforts of WWII more than any other sport. Among its ranks, the NFL counts three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, numerous Silver Stars, Distinguished Flying Crosses and Purple Hearts. War heroes from WWI through present day occupations in the Middle East, are profiled in When Football Went to War by Todd Anton and Bill Nowlin, with a foreword by Hall of Fame former Buffalo Bills coach and WWII veteran, Marv Levy.
The stories in When Football Went to War honor those who returned to play another day as well as men who made the ultimate sacrifice, including biographies such as the tragic death of former NFL safety Patrick Tillman. Tillman turned down a $3.6 million three-‐year contract offer from the Cardinals in order to enlist in the Army after the September 11th attacks and died serving in Afghanistan.
A heartfelt book of heroism, When Football Went to War is the perfect tribute to American athletes-‐turned-‐soldiers that will inspire football fans and history buffs alike.
Recently Anton’s 5th book Big Leagues...Bigger Heart is dedicated to a local MLB pitcher, Don Ferrarese, in our High Desert area who could have retired in wealth, but instead used his success to inspire local students and charitable causes in the region.
Todd Anton, 53, lives in Victorville, California with his wife Susan and their children Jamie and Jason, and continues to passionately teach American History at the Heritage School in the Snowline Unified School District of California.
Memoir and Cyber-Security
Saturday October 14, 2017
Jess Ranch Community Church
11537 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley
10 a.m. to noon
The public is welcome
Admission is free.
The October 14 High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club (HDCWC) meeting will feature a panel of member-authors who have written and published memoirs.
In addition, Victor Valley College adjunct-professor and computer guru, Steve Marin, will lead a discussion on safeguarding your writing files and avoiding lost or stolen cyber properties.
The meeting will be a time of celebration of the Dorothy C. Blakely Memoir Project. This is the third year the HDCWC has been involved in this project., and is partenering with the University Preparatory High School in Victorville. The program provides for many volunteer hours of teaching and mentoring high school students in the craft of writing with an emphasis on memoir writing. Students pair with a person over fifty years old, interview them, and write a 3,500 word story about that “Memoir Star's” journey in life. After polishing with the help of the HDCWC members, the goal is to submit and publish the story in an anthology edited by HDCWC editor Jenny Magotta, and published by our High Desert Branch.
The Dorothy C. Blakely Memoir Project has two completed and published anthologies behind us, and is done in memory of Dorothy Blakely and others like her who unfailingly encourage others with ambitions to do good works. The previous anthologies, “Let It Be Recorded...A Collection of Memoirs” and “All Our Yesterdays” are available at Amazon.com.