Missouri Innovators Famous (and Infamous) Missourians Who Led the Way in Their Field

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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 define each generation. They are true innovators who introduce new enhancements, ideas, and methods to continually raise the bar for the products and activities that define 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 ground breakers 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 here…in Missouri! Read Missouri Innovators and learn how we “show the world a better way.”


“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

Paul W. Bass receives the first annual Writer of the Year Award 2019 from the Springfield Writers Guild

The Missouri Writer’s Guild celebrated its 105th year at its 2020 annual meeting.

Paul Bass finished second in the Walter Williams Award category for his book, Missouri Innovators: Famous and (Infamous) Missourians Who Led the Way in Their Field. Named in honor of the MWG’s  founder, the award recognizes major works (books or other publications) worthy of special recognition due to the research or high literary quality involved in their creation.

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.
About The Author

Paul W. Bass  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 debate Learn More about Paul W. Bass

Book Details
Author: Paul W. Bass
Pages: 368 pages
Product Dimensions: 6” x 9”
ISBN: 978-1-948901-14-7
Cover Type: Hardcover
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