Author to speak at Northwestern about Harvey House creator

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Author to speak at Northwestern about Harvey House creator

October 12, 2010

 Havey House crew in Waynoka
The photograph shown above was taken in about 1928 in the Lunch Room at the Waynoka Harvey House. Stephen Fried used this photograph on the back cover of “Appetite for America.”
Stephen Fried, author of “Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West,” will be speaking in the J.W. Martin Library on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. A book signing and small reception will follow his talk.

On Monday, Oct. 18, Fried will speak at 7 p.m. at Waynoka’s Harvey House, followed by a reception and book-signing hosted by the Waynoka Historical Society. Proceeds from the sale of books benefit the Waynoka Historical Society. Both events are free and open to the public.

At both events, Fried will give an in-depth look at the incredible life of Harvey, the visionary entrepreneur who built a family empire beginning with a lunchtime counter in Topeka along the Santa Fe Railroad tracks.

Fred Harvey's story goes to the Wild West with the railroads, and how America is still influenced today by his marketing and innovations. He is the founding father of the nation's service industry, and established the first restaurant chain with his Harvey restaurants and hotels - the first chain of anything.

Fried is an investigative journalist and essayist, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of four books, “Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia” (1993), which was the inspiration for the Emmy-winning film, “Gia;” “Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs” (1998); “The New Rabbi” (2002); and “Husbandry” (2007).

He is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award. He received a medal for his best-known magazine article, "Cradle to Grave," on his investigation into the deaths of all 10 children of Marie and Arthur Noe, which led police to re-open the 30-year-old Philadelphia case as a murder investigation. Marie later pled guilty to multiple charges of murder.

Fried also has been a contributor to Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, Ladies' Home Journal, Washington Post magazine and Rolling Stone.

Other awards include the National SDX/SPJ Award for Magazine Reporting, the National Headliner Award for Outstanding Feature Writing, the Vidocq Society Medal of Honor and five Clarion Awards.