The Way It Was: A Trek Through Marion County’s Past, Volume 2
By David Cook
Journalist David Cook educated and entertained readers for years through his The Way It Was columns in the Ocala Star-Banner. Through his writings, accompanied by historic photographs, many newcomers came to learn about the community and longtime residents remembered events from the past.
In 2019, Cook published The Way It Was: A Trek Through Marion County’s Past, with some help from his friends at the Historic Ocala Preservation Society (HOPS), who underwrote the publication costs and noted local artist Margaret “Peggy” Watts, whose artwork adorned the cover. Cook died in 2020 and his family followed his notes to select more than 60 columns and photographs to create The Way It Was: A Trek Through Marion County’s Past, Volume 2. HOPS and Watts also provided support and cover art for the second volume. Cook’s family is once again donating proceeds from book sales to HOPS.
The new book became available this year and can be ordered online here, or found at Your Heart’s Desire, 1915 E. Silver Springs Blvd or at the Shannon Roth Collection, 22 S. Magnolia Ave.
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