Bob Manning Author Visit: October 8

On October 8, Bob Manning, a native of Tupper Lake, comes to discuss and read from his book, “Up Close and Personal: A Sailor Swims the English Channel”  at 5:00 pm upstairs in the library.

Robert Manning was born in Tupper Lake, NY, the oldest of five children born to John and Rosalie King Manning. At the tender age of eight, Robert became fascinated with the idea of someday swimming the English Channel. He later learned to swim through a Red Cross swimming course, and received further coaching in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Upon graduating from Tupper Lake High School, Robert briefly worked in construction before enrolling in Wadhams Hall College to study for the Catholic priesthood. He later finished his studies at St. Bonaventure University and was ordained in 1962. Robert began his priesthood in Ogdensburg, NY, and later served in Massena and Champlain before answering a second calling to become a Navy chaplain.

After training in Newport, RI, Robert was assigned to Okinawa, Japan, and later served at Parris Island and Charleston in SC; Norfolk, VA; London, England; and Twentynine Palms, CA. Throughout his priesthood and naval career, Robert continued to train and work toward achieving his dream of swimming the English Channel. That dream became a reality in 1984.

See our full Calendar of Events.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: