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Author Joe R. Eagleman, Ph.D. invites readers to experience his colorful biopic, including the famous lawsuit between Universal Studios and the Volvo Company.

The book is based on the events of his life story. His education started in a one-room grade school and led to his work as a scientist who invented a man-made tornado that was authentic and impressive, reaching to the ceiling of the lab room at the University of Kansas. It was filmed by a news crew from Japan and caused a lawsuit between Universal Studios in Hollywood, California, and the Volvo Company. When Universal Studios told him to “Name Your Price” (hence the title) and come to Hollywood it was settled successfully. The resulting Twister Building at Universal Studios Park in Orlando, Florida was built to house a 50-foot tornado and it was a major attraction there from 1998 to 2015. Also, a clone of his tornado, built with the help of Ned Kahn at the Exploratorium in San Francisco still draws many visitors, as it has for decades.
This colorful biopic covers his early life on a farm, being one of twelve siblings and told by an older brother that he was nothing but insignificant. His story includes experiences in a one-room grade school where he was mistreated by a bully and knocked unconscious by electricity. His college experiences laid the foundation for his work as a scientist, educator and professor. He taught thousands of students in his classes and reached many thousands more with his very popular textbooks.

His career was propelled when he did important and crucial experiments on Skylab which resulted in a massive following by students, influenced by his books and teaching. His work on tornado safety was recognized nationally with changes made by the National Weather Service on tornado safety.
He is also known as a musician with the release of five albums of 59 original songs and authoring books on making your own guitar or mandolin. He has had some success as an artist with a gallery on Fine Art America and as a taxidermist with his work included in some of his paintings.
He spearheaded and developed a program in Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas that spawned the Joe Eagleman Scholarships that are awarded to the best students.
His story is all about determination and perseverance, also a deep inspiration for those who are looking for a great, motivating read. You can’t go wrong with this book and it will be a fine addition to your collection or library. Grab a copy now.

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Name Your Price: 2nd Edition
Author: Joe R. Eagleman
Publisher: Independent
Published Date:  November 27, 2020
No. of Pages: 191
Book Genre:  Autobiography
Target Audience: General audience
About the Author
Joe R. Eagleman (1936- ) was born on a farm near West Plains Missouri. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1963 and served as professor at the University of Kansas for 39 years and continues as Professor Emeritus. He taught many thousands of students through his courses and through four different textbooks used by more than a hundred universities over a span of several decades. He started the Atmospheric Science Program at the University of Kansas where the Joe Eagleman Scholarship was established in his name by former students.
He directed a successful experiment, funded by NASA, on Skylab and invented a tornado in his laboratory that was used by Universal Studios for the 50 ft. tornado attraction in the Twister Building in Orlando Florida. It can also be seen at the Exploratium in San Francisco.  He is the author of a technical book on severe thunderstorms that includes his tornado safety research which resulted in changes that have been adopted nationally. He is the composer and singer for  songs on five albums of original music that have been released. His artwork can be seen on Fine Art America. He received the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
His autobiography, “Name Your Price,” tells of his early life on a farm where he was the 11th of 12 children. He describes discipline and learning experiences in the one room rural grade school and dealing with a bully on the playground. It includes his experiences as a scientist and teacher as well as a number of unusual hobbies including activities as an artist, musician, luthier, marksman, taxidermist, world traveler and other endeavors.

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 Laboratory Tornado
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 One-room School
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