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Gold Medal awarded to Candace George Thompson’s “Still Having Fun, a Portrait of the Military Marriage of Rex and Bettie George, 1941–2007.” The Military Writers Society of America honored the book with first place in biography at their annual conference on September 28, 2013.  The entertaining and enlightening story had previously been awarded second place in biography by the 2013 Global Book Contest sponsored by LuckyCinda Publishing.

October 2013


“Still Having Fun,” described as a testament to the character and resilience of American military families has been called “a romance, a history lesson, an intimate view of a military family, an ode to military spouses, an entertaining and enlightening read with a few guaranteed tears” by readers and reviewers.

 Rex and Bettie George pursued their life adventure with energy and enthusiasm. From courtship to camp-following, WW II to post-war occupied Okinawa, the Cold War to the Korean War, the Pentagon to Germany, retirement and more travel, aging and Alzheimer’s, the path was not always smooth. Along the way their marriage was tested by the death of a child, a murder, a family suicide, a betrayal of trust and family health crises.

Their story is told through letters and postcards, v-mails and emails, flight logs and travelogues, expense ledgers and tax returns, taped interviews and home movies narration, performance reviews and newspaper articles and is accompanied by 55 photos and illustrations.

PUBLISHED by Westview, Inc.

P.O. Box 605

Kingston Springs, TN 37082



WHOLESALERS: This book is distributed by Ingram Books: 800-937-8000 or Author and publisher have guaranteed returns.

INDIVIDUAL PURCHASERS: “STILL HAVING FUN” (ISBN 978-1-937763-62-6) is available for $19.95 (Kindle, $3.99, ASIN B009EG6N6G) and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:, at or at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Candace George Thompson is the daughter of a career Air Force Officer whose first mission was on D-Day, June 6, 1944. She was born in Kentucky, as were both her parents, and like most service families, hers moved frequently. By the time she started 10th grade, she had changed schools 13 times.

She graduated from Antioch College with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Venezuela. After returning from the Peace Corps, she lived in Vermont, San Francisco, Oregon and New Jersey. Later she earned an M.S. in Organization Effectiveness from Loyola University in Chicago. Ms. Thompson and her husband have now lived in Chicago for over 30 years.

The author’s essays and stories have been published in several anthologies and she has been interviewed on Military Mom Talk Radio and was a guest on Army Wife Talk Radio.



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