About the authors and the Joyful Traditions team

Franklin J. Macon

Franklin J. Macon (Frank) was a Documented Tuskegee Airman and dyslexic.  He grew up and resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Frank belonged to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Hubert L. "Hooks" Jones Chapter, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII; introducing young people across the nation to the world of aviation, aerospace, mathematics, and science through local programs such as the Mile High Flight Program; and, providing annual scholarships and awards to deserving individuals, groups and corporations whose deeds lend support to the goals of Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

Frank's wish was for all kids to live with purpose and conquer their challenges.

What made Frank an expert? Nearly 97 years of life accomplishments and history.

Frank passed away at the age of 97 on November 23, 2020.

Tuskegee Motto

Aim high
Believe in yourself
Use your brain
Never quit
Be ready to go
Expect to win

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Elizabeth G. Harper

Elizabeth G. Harper (Liz) grew up in Hudsonville, Michigan and now resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, Lew, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, and children, Hannah and JB.

Liz works with troubled and adjudicated kids and has spent over twenty-five years in education.

Driving home from Frank's 92nd birthday flight at the United States Air Force Academy, Frank said to Liz, "All those reporters say I should write a book. They always say that."

That day, August 25, 2015, Frank and Liz decided why not?

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Stephanie Prescott

Stephanie Prescott has always cherished her family’s Wyoming roots. Her great-great-grandfathers settled close to Shell, WY in 1885. She loves history and hearing the stories people have to share. She considers Franklin Macon's story a true treasure for young people today. She currently resides with her husband, Steve and three children in Cheyenne, WY where they own and operate RE/MAX Capitol Properties. Stephanie has her B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University.

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Deanna Dyekman

Deanna is honored to be a part of this project.  Frank is an inspiration and the kind of hard-working, creative, and funny role model we all need.  His story is a reminder that there will always be obstacles and for most of us there will always be plenty of reasons to be grateful, too.  Frank and Elizabeth have put together a unique look at history that makes the reader want to go out and learn more!  Deanna Dyekman and her family love literature, the arts, and world travel. Deanna has several degrees from the University of Wyoming and treasures the frontier spirit of Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she resides.

About Joyful Traditions, LLC

Liz, Stephanie, and Deanna started Joyful Traditions, LLC in 2010 to copywrite the material they create through historical interviews, fiction and historical fiction writings. They receive great joy from their friendship, projects, families and traditions.