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Gowrie author’s work available as e-book

Benton-Gevock inspired by favorite teachers

April 22, 2012
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

GOWRIE - A Gowrie author's book is now among those available in electronic format on

Deb Benton-Gevock, author of "Celebrities Remember Their Favorite Teachers," and English and literature teacher at Prairie Valley Junior-Senior High School, said she was recently informed that her book, published in 2005, was added to the online selection of books available to be downloaded to e-readers such as the Kindle.

Benton-Gevock worked with Internet entrepreneur George Schlukbier to make the book available as an electronic publication.

The book, which was inspired by Benton-Gevock's memories of her own favorite teachers at Bridgewater-Fontanelle High School, Southwest Community College and Central College, features more than 100 celebrities who share stories of their favorite teachers. It was a project that took more than 20 years as she wrote to various celebrities and their agents, asking them to share their memories.

"I started the project when my children were young," said Benton-Gevock. "When I moved to Gowrie in 1996, I thought it was time to finish it."

The book features celebrities such as Jeff Foxworthy, Vanna White, former President George H.W. Bush, and Garrison Keilor.

"There really are some funny stories," said Benton-Gevock. "It's been fun to talk to and hear from the celebrities and their agents. The idea to ask them about their favorite teachers really stood out to me because I had great teachers. What got me into teaching was learning from them. One thing I've learned is to let your teachers know they are appreciated."

The book is available in electronic format on and hard copy through Benton-Gevock's website

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