Friends and Neighbors: World War I history comes to life

Dirk Langeveld of New London, author of “The Artful Dodger: The 20-year pursuit of World War I draft dodger Grover Cleveland Bergdoll,” was the guest on The Day’s latest Recorded History podcast posted in October.

Langeveld also gave a presentation Oct. 17 at New London Public Library about his book, and plans another talk at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Custom House Maritime Museum.

The book revolves around the case of a young daredevil from a wealthy brewery family who fled to Germany to escape a prison sentence for dodging the draft.

Unlike tens of thousands of others who dodged the draft, he was subject to much abuse and even two kidnapping attempts. Bergdoll also had a brief flirtation with piloting airplanes, receiving one of the nation’s first flying licenses, and knew the Wright Brothers.

To find the podcast, go to theday.com/podcasts or type “Recorded History” into your favorite podcast site. To find all of The Day’s history podcasts in one place on Facebook, visit Recorded History-TheTimesCT.

Friends & Neighbors is a regular feature in the Times. To submit an item, email times@theday.com.

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