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A political revolution swept the U.S. in 2016.

Fed up with the inactions of Congress, Charlie Simpson acted but paid a terrible personal price.

A small-town hardware store owner, Charlie never had a strong political thought except for whom he’d cast votes in local, state and federal elections. In fact, he despised politics and had little regard for politicians, feelings mirrored by millions.

But his name will live in American history. His inspired action in the spring of 2016 – an invitation – led to the greatest revolution on U.S. soil since the invention of the Internet; the greatest political revolution since the country’s fight for independence more than two centuries earlier. The result was not something he imagined would happen. But Charlie Simpson changed America.

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Hoosier Hometown Author

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Ken Beckley is Hoosier born and lived. A professional communicator throughout his adult life, Ken became an author in retirement. His first two novels are set in the fictional southwestern Indiana county of Hopewell, and his characters are reflective of his small-town roots.

His first novel, Knuckleball: The Uncertainties of (a) Life, published in 2012, was well-received and engendered reader comments that inspired Ken to write An Act of Frustration in 2016.

Ken was born in Lynnville (Warrick County), Indiana and received a B.S. degree in broadcast journalism from Indiana University.  He had a 14-year career in television news, as reporter and anchor. He was a member of one of the first two-person anchor teams in Indiana and is an inductee in the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.