Blown Away: Tornado in a Small Townby Richard McHugh
Blown Away by Richard H. McHugh gives voice to a terrifying and tragic tornado that happened in Shelburn, Indiana sixty years ago. Beautifully written and excitingly told, Blown Away offers a you-are-there look at the before, during, and after events of this tragedy. From the lead up to the tornado to the actual disaster to the deadly aftereffects, Blown Away is told in the voices of the people who lived it. A woman describes how her arms were broken because she held her child so tightly. A family watches their tree being jerked up from its roots. All of the stories are exciting, horrifying, and immediate. McHugh relates his experiences as a young ambulance driver at the time, and he shows both the devastation he witnesses and how his community pulls together courageously and with great compassion. The citizens rebuild the town and their lives, but they never forget the tornado-and neither will readers. Filled with photographs and quotations from residents who survived the storm, Blown Away is a wonderful historical document and a fabulous read. Thrilling, enthralling, and beautifully written, Blown Away will blow you away with its authenticity.
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Meet the Author
Richard H. McHugh has lived through the events he writes about, including serving as a young ambulance driver during the Shelburn tornado. He graduated from Indiana State University and the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. After honorable discharge from the service, he joined his grandfather and father working at McHugh Funeral Homes. Subsequently taking over the firm at his father's death, he grew the business to two locations and retired after a heart attack. After working in the insurance business, he began to write, publishing three books and winning several awards, including Distinguished Hoosier awarded by the governor of Indiana. A resident of Sullivan, Indiana, he continues to write.
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Being a survivor of the 1949 Shelburn, Indiana tornado, and moving away from Shelburn because our house was destroyed, I was excited to find that someone had actually written a book about it. I was, however, disappointed that the author (Richard McHugh) only discussed perhaps the more prominent people and their losses, leaving other folks out altogether. Mr. McHugh's self description of being an ambulance driver and owner of several funeral homes really had no bearing on the tornado story itself.