Meet Author C. Byron Buckley

C. Byron Buckley

C. Byron Buckley


C. Byron Buckley is a retired educator who has taught at every level from seventh-graders to Purdue University graduate students in a 37-years- career. Buckley received the 1985 National High School Tennis Coach of The Year. Byron recently finished fourth and won $3000 in The Amy Awards, a national writing contest of over 600 entries.

Fifty years ago, Coach Buckley started the first tennis program for Jennings County High School (North Vernon, Indiana) in 1961. From 1961-1975, he produced one outstanding tennis team after another at North Vernon/Jennings County High School, but Byron really hit pay dirt at North Central High School in Indianapolis where his teams garnered 15 state tennis championships and twice were USA Today's "number one high school tennis team in the nation."

Byron's tennis record at North Central High School was an amazing 345-11 earning him two outstanding awards: "The 1985 National High School Tennis Coach of the Year" Award and "The First Inductee into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame."

Nevertheless, Buckley always wanted to be remembered as an outstanding teacher first and a tennis coach second. Byron has been recognized by the Jaycees as "Indiana's Most Outstanding Teacher" and is included in North Central High School's Hall of Fame celebrating the school's outstanding staff members through the years.

Buckley retired from teaching in 1998 after thirty-seven years of service and has written 16 books in various genres - local history, biographies, memoirs, sports, poetry, and children literature. His next release, Slim, The Christmas, is expected in December 2012.

Byron lives in Lovett Township, Jennings County, Indiana.

The Ghost of Jim Thorpe
The Ghost of Jim Thorpe
Paperback Book
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The Ghost of Jim Thorpe

Billy Roundtree, a young man with a dream of playing football finds himself in normal life struggles while in school and playing football. Billy works hard to keep good grades, please the coaches and his teammates, while winning the heart of his dream girl. One night, playing football, he sees an old man in the bleachers who catches the ball and throws it to Billy. Could this really be Jim Thorpe? Or was his ghost visiting guiding Billy in his playing?

Slim Christmas Tree
Slim, The Christmas Tree
Paperback Children's Book
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Slim, The Christmas Tree

Delightful children's Christmas story. A little tree is looked at year after year when people are searching for a Christmas tree, however Slim is not chosen because of his size. One year this changes, and Slim is chosen for a very special reason.

Teaches meaning to being who you are for the reason you are who you are while being an entertaining Christmas story for children.

The Stonecutter
The Stonecutter and the Magic Bottle
Paperback Children's Book
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The Stonecutter and the Magic Bottle

Delightful children's book with colorful illustrations about The Stonecutter who wants to become someone new. He stumbles upon a magic bottle one day and finds out through his wishes the adventures of being someone he isn't that leads him to who he really is and has been all along.

Colonel Hagerman Tripp
Colonel Hagerman Tripp
His Biography, Civil War Letters, and Diary

Paperback Novel
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Colonel Hagerman Tripp:
His Biography, Civil War Letters, and Diary


Unbelievable! There they were! I had found the unpublished Civil War letters and diary of Colonel Hagerman Tripp, the founder of North Vernon, Indiana! These documents captured the triumphs, the defeats, and the unbearable suffering and sacrifices of the Union soldiers, but would they answer a haunting question? Was Colonel Tripp's role in the Civil War grossly exaggerated because he was the founder of North Vernon?

The timing could not have been better. In 2004, the city of North Vernon, Indiana, would celebrate its sesquicentennial birthday - 150 years old - 1854 to 2004. The nearby Vernon citizens teasingly called North Vernon, "Lick Skillet," before 1854. Hagerman Tripp and Hiram Prather purchased 250 acres around Lick Skillet. Tripp platted a large chunk of the land at the crossroads of two railroads. The new town was named "Tripton," in his honor. Other leaders in the town thought that their "Tripton" could be confused with another "Tripton" in Northern Indiana; thus, "North Vernon" was adopted.

After the Confederate capture of Fort Sumpter, President Lincoln asked for 75,000 volunteers. Hagerman Tripp reacted immediately and formed a company G in the Indiana Sixth Regiment consisting of Jennings County men. This book will tell you mainly about the role of mill owner, Colonel Hagerman Tripp, in the Civil War. You will also find valuable, "never-before-published" documents such as "the plat description of North Vernon," "Hagerman Tripp's genealogy," his marriage and pension records, and his biography.
Buy Both The Stonecutter and the Magical Bottle & Colonel Tripp Diary Books



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