About the Author
Brian Burnes, who joined The Kansas City Star in 1978, has served as the newspaper's history writer since 1993. In 2000 he served as a senior writer on The Star's special section celebrating the city's 150th anniversary. He is the author of High & Rising : The 1951 Kansas City Flood and co-author of Walt Disney's Missouri : The Roots of a Creative Genius, both published by Kansas City Star Books. He and his wife, Debra, live in Westwood, Kansas, with their children, Charlie, Jessica, and Sam.