David Herlihy: The Lost Cyclist
The September 2010 Special Events calendar incorrectly listed the location of this event. David Herlihy will appear at the Plaza Branch. David Herlihy presents his book about Frank Lenz, a young man who left his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the spring of 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled “pneumatic safety” (the prototype of the modern bicycle), only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey. Herlihy describes how the disappearance of Lenz, then a correspondent for Outing magazine, sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz’s trail. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben’s heroic effort to bring Lenz’s accused murderers to justice. This event is presented by Rainy Day Books. The book will be available for sale.