Bill Chemerka is the author of fifteen books which include Fess Parker: TV's Frontier Hero, Rock and Roll Recollections: A Journalist's 50-Year Diary, General Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere’s Grandson, Music of the Alamo: From 19th Century Ballads to Big-Screen Soundtracks, and Gunga Din: From Kipling's Poem to Hollywood's Action-Adventure Classic.
Chemerka, a member of the Western Writers of America and the Company of Military Historians, frequently lectures at historical organization events, public functions and on television. He has been an on-camera commentator for ten History channel productions including The Real West: The Battle of the Alamo, Frontier: The Decisive Battles, Live From Austin: The Story of Davy Crockett, and America’s Book of Secrets.
Chemerka, is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and has appeared on the BBC, C-SPAN’s Book TV, and radio and television programs around the country. He was also a co-writer for the History Channel’s Emmy-nominated documentary First Invasion: The War of 1812, and was the writer and associate producer for the independent docudrama film, The Battle of Bunker Hill.
Chemerka founded The Alamo Society in 1986, and served as the editor of The Alamo Journal, the organization's official publication, for thirty years. He was a founding member of the North Jersey Civil War Roundtable, and received the organizations’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Florida.
Bill will provide a brief history of the making of Gunga Din.
Saturday October 6th (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM)
Admittance by Festival Button or Tour Ticket Only
The Producers of Gunga Din used a number of locations in the Alabama Hills. Join Bill on a very special opportunity to tour the Gunga Din locations. The tour will focus in battle scenes in the Ruiz Hill area, The Temple of Horseshoe Meadow, a quick stop near where tent city was built and the famous Gunga Din bridge.
Tour #1: Saturday October 6th 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
Tour #2: Sunday October 7th 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Gunga Din: From Kipling's Poem to Hollywood's Action-Adventure ClassicBooks will be available in the Museum store. Bill will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.