October 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
October Speaker – Jerry Amernic
Jerry Amernic is an author, speaker and journalist. His books, fiction and non-fiction, are about iconic figures and also less known heroes like the ex-police officer who gave crime victims a voice in a system that denied them. That was from Jerry’s first book — Victims: The Orphans of Justice — a ground-breaking look at Canada’s criminal justice system from the purview of crime victims, and it led to Jerry’s column in Toronto’s Sunday Sun. More recently, in DUTY — The Life of a Cop, Jerry tackled the memoir of Julian Fantino who forged his reputation as a hardnosed police officer. In both those books the cop was the unsung hero. Jerry’s novels continue with this theme.
Gift of the Bambino was a coming-of-age story about a boy and his grandfather, and how the two were bound by baseball. The book received glowing reviews in Canada and the U.S. In 2014 Jerry came out with The Last Witness where the hero is a 100-year-old man who is the last living survivor of the Holocaust in a near-future world where people are ignorant of the past. To make his point, Jerry produced a video and asked university students what they know about World War II. The video has gone viral. Then came Qumran, a novel about an archaeologist who makes a dramatic discovery in the Holy Land only to be caught in the storm between science and religion.
Jerry’s latest book is BABE RUTH – A Superstar’s Legacy which is the first book to explore the enduring legacy of the great baseball icon, but it goes far beyond baseball. The first book to explore his enormous legacy, it goes far beyond baseball. Ruth’s grandson Tom Stevens wrote the Foreword and calls it “the first real effort to explain his enduring popularity.” In 2018 the book was selected for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s ‘Author Series,’ culminating in Jerry’s presentation in Cooperstown. He also did a book signing with Tom Stevens during Induction Weekend, and appeared at the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore and at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. Today Babe Ruth is the no. 1 commodity in the billion-dollar industry of sports collecting; in 2012 his old Yankees’ jersey sold for $4.4 million, a Guinness World Record.Jerry has been studying Ruth since the early 1990s when he began research for a novel. He found a man who became a legend that has withstood the test of time. Ruth’s celebrity status — not only in sports, but culture, art, business, branding and marketing — is unique. In this informative and highly entertaining talk, Jerry explains how and why it happened, fascinating things about the man, and what we can learn from him.