Thanks to Arizona Republic reporter Megan Finnerty for her profile of my new book, At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years, that I wrote in collaboration with curator Marilyn Szabo and Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO Jim Lundy to benefit Arizona educational non-profits.

At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years
At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years

Talking Arizona with Karie and Chuck of KTAR-Phoenix


Arizona celebrated its Centennial on Feb. 14, 2012 with great fanfare and celebration due the Valentine State! The 48th star on Old Glory, Arizona is a rugged, independent state that remains on the frontlines of American history.

One of the great questions that everyone asks about Arizona is what made Arizona such a great state in such a short time period?

Karie and Chuck of KTAR in Phoenix asked me to boil that question down to three answers.

Well, that was pretty difficult, to say the least, but I gave it my best shot and we had a lot of fun talking about it on the radio

My answers, simple:Interview with KTAR’s Karie and Chuck

Before WWII: Roosevelt Dam, the Railroads, and the U.S. Highways, including Route 66

After WWII: High Tech (Motorola, Hughes Aircraft, Honeywell), Cheap Housing for families and retirees, and Mass Media: Television westerns and movies, Arizona Highways magazine, and the Travel Industry

Wildcards that cannot be left out of the conversation: Spas/Resorts/Spring Training, the interstates, inexpensive airline travel, and three great universities, UofA, ASU, and NAU.