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A.C. Gilbert's Legacy Continues Online via Great-Granddaughter

Melissa Marsted

Tags ancestry, autobiography, children, ebook, history, imagination, luckypennypress, toys

NEW HAVEN >> Industrialist/toymaker A.C. Glibert’s great-granddaughter Melissa Marsted remembers the moment she found out her house was being threatened in Santa Barbara, California, in tumultuous 2008.  Marsted, a grant writer going through a divorce at the time as well as the loss of a consulting contract, had just returned from a run with the older of her two sons. “A friend had called and said, ‘Look out your window.’ And you could see the flames and the smoke probably about a mile away as the crow flies. We had about an hour to evacuate and then within 24 hours,...


Press Release: Silver Dollar Press announces its first eBook title

Melissa Marsted

Tags ancestry, autobiography, ebook, history, toys

Silver Dollar Press announces its first eBook title: The Man Who Lives in Paradise: The Autobiography of A.C. Gilbert  
Erector Set toymaker was lifelong inventor, adventurer, and entrepreneur  
 Park City, UT—Silver Dollar Press, a division of Lucky Penny Publishing, proudly announces the release of its first new title The Man Who Lives in Paradise: The Autobiography of A. C. Gilbert. 
  Best-known as the inventor of the Erector Set, the Gilbert Chemistry Set, and the maker of American Flyer toy trains, A. C. Gilbert was a lifelong inventor—acquiring over 150 patents during his career. He was also an adventurer and athlete, winning a...


A Lesson on Perseverance: How She Started a Company After Losing Everything

Melissa Marsted

Tags cancer, loss, luckypennypress, marathons, perseverance, running

I have lived my life with two conflicting family legacies – one heartbreaking and one inspiring. The first is cancer. My two grandmothers each died of cancer and my mother has survived both colon and uterine cancers.

The more positive family legacy is a gift for entrepreneurship, which has been passed from generation to generation.  My great grandfather, AC Gilbert, was an inventor and is most famous for creating the Erector Set... read more


Lucky Penny Press Releases eBook of Poetry for Kids

Melissa Marsted

Tags children, ebook, imagination, luckypennypress, poetry

full article from the Santa Barbara Independent  Lucky Penny Press, the innovative publisher of eBooks for children, has achieved another first: a beautifully illustrated picture book of poetry by Santa Barbara’s poet laureate emerita Perie Longo. Appropriately titled, A Mosaic of Poetry for Kids, the book showcases twelve Longo poems wondrously illustrated by twelve talented artists: Peter Bermant, Cyndi Brooks Burt, Jean Cherouny, Ben Cicatti, Karen Folsom, Robyn Geddes, Izzy Greer, Mary Heebner, Lanny Sherwin, Nancy Shobe, Skip Smith, and Cathy Winton. Most are Central Coast residents save Cherouny, who is the artist-in-residence at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington,...