Historian and author Gregory Franzwa has been off the road the past few weeks as he underwent surgery in Salt Lake City for suspected lung cancer. As he relates, on July 29, surgeons “removed a pie-shaped (pumpkin, not lemon meringue) slice from the upper lobe of my right lung” that proved to be malignant but does not require treatment. His wife and road trip companion Kathy is taking care of him – as he says, “she’s in charge of cutting up my Jello.”
Franzwa was instrumental in founding both the Oregon-California Trails Association and the modern Lincoln Highway Association. His series of state-by-state guidebooks to the Lincoln Highway began with Iowa in 1995; books to the west coast are completed and he is now working on states to the east. His Patrice Press carries many more books he has authored about western trails – and at merely 82, he says he has lots more books to write.