Sunday, December 14, 2014

Your Story profiles

I first noticed that readers took pride in the newspaper profiles I had written about them when I walked into the lobby of the Trudeau Institute in 1994. I was a correspondent for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican at the time. They framed my full-page profile of the Institute and founder Francis B. Trudeau Jr. and hung it on the wall.

During my stints as a writer and editor for several newspapers in northern New York over the past 20 years, I've enjoyed writing profiles of dozens of people and businesses in the region. And readers continue to frame my stories.

Several years ago, I was faced with getting Christmas gifts for my two brothers-in-law. I wasn't sure what to get them, so I made my own. I interviewed their children about the relationships they had with their fathers. I laid the profiles out newspaper style, with photos, and framed the stories as Christmas gifts. It was personal, memorable and heartfelt -- a one-of-a-kind gift that can't be returned or replaced.

I also framed a profile I had written about Scotts Florist and Greenhouse in Saranac Lake and gave it to the owners as a gift. They have it hanging above the cash register for people to read while they wait in line.

WRITER FOR HIRE: Now -- from my writer's studio in Saranac Lake -- you have the opportunity to hire me as your personal writer. I'll write your profile, lay it out newspaper style and frame it. Or hire me to write a profile as a gift for someone else.

I'd love to paint your picture with words in portraits I call "Your Story" profiles. For links to some of my profiles and to learn more, visit the Your Story page.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last chance to get full Andy Flynn book collection from author

It’s time to say good-bye to my first babies, the remaining copies of Adirondack Attic 1, which are out of print.

Cleaning my “warehouse” the other day, I found there are only five copies of “New York State’s Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Vol. 1” left at Hungry Bear Publishing. With Christmas approaching, it’s time to sell them, but only as part of the full Adirondack Attic collection, volumes 1-6.

The Adirondack Attic book series includes more than 300 stories about artifacts at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. I worked with curators at the museum to tell the human stories behind the objects in their collection.

The retail price is $106.95 for a full set (plus 8% NYS tax).

I’ll also throw in free shipping, a free Adirondack Attic bookmark with each volume, and a free copy of my 2013 book, “New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” a total value of $26.45.

With a full set of Adirondack Attic books, you can also get my latest book, “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories,” for only $19.95, a savings of $5.00. This way, you can have my entire collection of books – 8 in all – for $126.90 (plus 8% NYS tax).

All books will be signed, and you may have them inscribed with a personal message if you’d like.

For this special offer, please contact Andy Flynn at or at 518-891-5559. You cannot purchase this full collection online, only by contacting the author at Hungry Bear Publishing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Olympic-sized passion for history

I always have a blast visiting Alison Haas, manager of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. We share a passion for all things history.

Earlier in the year, Alison and I collaborated on a lecture program, "Lake Placid: New York's Olympic Village," which I presented at Union College during the Sochi Olympics in February. We also received much-appreciated help from Jennifer Tufano, director at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, who provided photos for the program.

Learn more about my History Lectures. I'd be glad to visit your group and give a talk on one of these topics.

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing the new temporary exhibit at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum called the "Olympic Prison" that explains the history of the 1980 athletes' village and the facility's use since the end of the games. More than 1,000 athletes lived at the Olympic Village while competing in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Find out who's living there today in my latest "Adirondack Attic" radio show on North Country Public Radio.

LISTEN to the program here (link to the NCPR website).

Learn more about Alison's passion for history in this profile I wrote earlier in the year for the Lake Placid News.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More historical mysteries of the Adirondacks

ONCHIOTA – There's a good chance John Fadden's Mohawk ancestors used the dugout canoe in his family's museum.

Then again, nobody really knows for certain.

The best guess, using carbon-14 dating sent to a laboratory this summer, is that the canoe - found submerged in Lake Placid lake in the early 1960s - dates to between the mid-1600s and the late 1800s. Using Native American history in New York state, this gives the more likely timeline between 1669 and 1780.

Read more in Andy Flynn’s Lake Placid News story.

Listen to Andy Flynn’s "Adirondack Attic" report on North Country Public Radio.