Jim “O” Oberhofer is the crew chief for the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster driven by Doug Kalitta and the Vice President of Operations for Kalitta. Oberhofer has been with Kalitta Motorsports for more than three decades. He is a second-generation drag racing enthusiast whose father Dave campaigned a Jr. Fueler as well as a Top Fuel dragster in the 1960s and ’70s.
Oberhofer got his first job in drag racing in 1983 when he started cleaning parts for Kalitta Motorsports, which led to a part-time crew member position with the team. His brother Jon is a crew chief for Kalitta Motorsports and daughter Ashley oversees social media. Jim made his debut as an author with the popularly acclaimed book Top Fuel for Life, rated 4.9 out of five stars by Amazon readers.
Jim “O” Oberhofer is a man’s man with a universal message about the power of love – especially in the face of terminal illness. His life turns the modern definition of happiness upside down.
Author Jim Oberhofer shares with audiences the life lessons that have transformed his life both on and off the track: what it takes to be a champion and leader in the workplace, and how to embrace happiness first and foremost in the everyday race called life.
Ashley Hlebinsky is the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Hlebinsky is the first female firearm curator at the most prestigious firearms museum in the United States. She hails from the East Coast, where she received her Master's Degree in American history - studying the perception of firearms in culture. After three years at the Smithsonian Institution's National Firearms Collection, she moved to Cody, WY. In addition to her duties as curator, Hlebinsky was awarded the prestigious NSSF/POMA Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator of the Year Award.
Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig MacDonald, a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, is the author of nineteen books on American History. A lecturer at national conferences and universities, he is known for his original stories in each issue of Sierra Heritage Magazine as well as numerous other publications. The Phi Kappa Phi honors grad from San Jose State University has a passion for digging up amazing true stories that listeners and readers will always remember.
Several of the historian's works have been selected by the California State Library and recorded for the Braille and Talking Book Library. Some of his relatives, including his grandfather, who lived near Danville, were miners in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This gives Craig an insight into the lives of those living during the California Gold Rush.
In addition to his presentation, you can see the quilt Craig's great and great-great grandmother made for their Covered Wagon journey from Iowa to California in 1853, and can read his great-grandmother’s own words about the challenging and often treacherous adventure west.
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is the best known shootout in America’s Wild West era. When on October 26, 1881, the Earp brothers faced off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout in Tombstone, Arizona. A 29 second event between two gangs that blasted its way onto the pages of history. A presentation by Larry Ford reviews eyewitness accounts and professional reviews of The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The presentation brings to life the characters involved from the Earp’s, Clanton’s, to Doc Holliday. It takes modern Science and forensic overviews to provide a clear and twentieth century understanding of the Wild Wests most notable shootout full character representation.