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Missouri Innovators Famous (and Infamous) Missourians Who Led the Way in Their Field
ISBN: 978-1-948901-14-7

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Author: Paul W. Bass
Hardcover: 368 pages
Product Dimensions: 6” x 9”
Retail Price: $26.95

Book Description

IT HAS BEEN SAID that only eight percent of people ever achieve their goals. These people are exceptional — they are the pioneers, trailblazers and trendsetters that de ne each generation. They are true innovators who introduce new enhancements, ideas, and methods to continually raise the bar for the products and activities that defi ne the American way of life.

Missouri Innovators: Famous (and Infamous) Missourians Who Led the Way in Their Field presents over seventy- five exceptional Missourians who have made significant contributions from across many walks of life. They include groundbreakers across many diverse fields including entertainment and the fine arts, education and literature, business and industry, science and technology, politics and the military, athletics, and more. Several of these innovators are famous and a few are less known, but all achieved greatness in some form.

Anyone with ties to the state will be encouraged to learn of the proud heritage and accomplishments made right Missouri! Read Missouri Innovators and learn how we “show the world a better way.”


PAUL WILLIAM BASS was born in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School, Southwest Baptist College, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Jan Smashey in 1969. He served in full-time church staff positions for nineteen years in Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri. From 1990–2007, he served at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, as director of student activities and held various adjunct teaching positions. He became the intercollegiate debate coach, with OBU debaters winning three national championships. He took early retirement in 2007 and, in that year, received the Isocrates Distinguished Debate Coach Award from the International Public Debate Association. During that time in Arkansas, he served in several interim pastor positions and became a bivocational pastor at Anchor Baptist Church for twelve years.

He began his writing career in 2007, having published 11 previous books. Missouri Innovators will be the first in a series of neighboring state innovator books he is considering for the immediate future. In addition to his writing, the last few years he has been teaching college-level Bible classes at the Mercy School of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri, in cooperation with Southwest Baptist University.

Paul and his wife, Jan, are retired and living in Willard, Missouri. His email address is


“Missourians and everyone will enjoy Paul Bass’ collection of famous and notorious native sons and daughters. The focus on innovators offers a special perspective that provides entrée in to the lives of these various people. Well written and organized, this attractive volume will offer hours of informative and enjoyable reading.”

—Dr. Wayne Bartee, retired Professor of Reformation History, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.

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