James Casto at Friends Meet
James E. Casto will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Legendary Locals of Huntington, West Virginia” at the annual Membership Luncheon of the Friends of the Cabell County Public Library at noon Thursday, May 2, at the downtown library.
“Legendary Locals of Huntington” is part of a new series of books from Arcadia Publishing that focus on individuals, past and present, who have made a memorable impact on their community.
“In Huntington’s case,” Casto said, “that means such varied individuals as Carter Woodson, the father of Black History Month; Dr. Henry D. Hatfield, a West Virginia governor who said he would rather be known as a ‘country doctor;’ Dagmar, the blonde
bombshell of 1950s television; basketball star Hal Greer; golfing great Bill Campbell; Stella Fuller, who spent her life ministering to Huntington’s poor, and the spectacularly generous Joan Edwards, who gave away her fortune of $65 million. Their stories and many others are included in the book.”
Tickets for the luncheon are $12 each and are available at the library or by calling 304-528-5700.
The author of a number of books on local and regional history, Casto is a long-time member of the Friends of the Library board and a former president of the group. In 2006, the library named its James E. Casto Local History Room in his honor
Casto was a reporter, editor and columnist at The Herald-Dispatch for more than 40 years before he retired from the newspaper in 2004. He is now associate director for public information at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) in Huntington.
A member of the Greater Huntington Wall of Fame, Casto grew up in Huntington and was educated in the city’s public schools. He is a graduate of Marshall University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English.
Costumed as Collis P. Huntington, he frequently appears at civic clubs, schools and other groups in a first-person program that offers a glimpse of the famed rail tycoon’s life and times.