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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – Memphis

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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder and former Memphis resident M. Darryl Woods.

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” On September 7, 2005, M. Woods answered the call to assist fellow Americans in dire need and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences.

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. After listening to five members of Tennessee Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue team members at the Fire Department HQ in Germantown, Tennessee detail their deployment into the New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish flood zones, Woods was all in on the Katrina response big picture.

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

Woods traces his social entrepreneurial spirit back to 1980s, when he moved to Whitehaven as a twenty-two year old and started a business with his childhood friend the late Al Gray. He wrote the Tennessee Dept. of Economics in Nashville and requested a ‘how to’ packet. The State responded, he studied and was soon developing business plans. TCP’s Co-founder says, “I approved upon the knowledge attained in Memphis, and I’m using it right now to get this mega project about a mega disaster to fruition”

Today, Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – Seattle

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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder and former Beacon Hill resident M. Darryl Woods.

M. Woods says, “In June ’90, I arrived from the Bay Area at the Seattle Greyhound Bus Terminal with a quarter in my pocket. I went straight to Madden Labor on Pike Street who hired me on the spot for a job that night at the AT&T Gateway Tower. When I got off work the next morning, I sought shelter at the Union Gospel Mission.” On July 2, 1990, he left the mission and was once again a functioning member of society. Woods credits the UGM, Madden and a caring Uruguayan American for providing an environment conducive to getting his life together.

On March 26, 1994, M. Woods launched the Afromation Educational Movement to Integrate American History at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Seattle Central District. That same evening he hosted a “Black History Party and it’s Not Even February” booksigning and social event at the SeaTac Red Lion. The rally cry was, “Too Much History For Just One Month!”

1994

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” A mega disaster that overnight made one million people homeless. Forever in pay-it-forward mode, on September 7, 2005, Woods redirected Afromation’s focus on New Orleans and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences. The new rally cry was, “What really happened in New Orleans!”

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. Unexpectedly, a rare west of the Cascades “Arctic Blast” prevented the Seattle “homecoming” visit. However, WA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Commander Bill Engler was very accommodating via the phone and Internet. After hearing his experiences at MSY Airport, Woods was all in on the Katrina response big picture.

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

2008

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – San Diego

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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder M. Darryl Woods.

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” On September 7, 2005, M. Woods answered the call to assist fellow Americans in dire need and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences.

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. Close to twenty members of the CA-4 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in San Diego showed up. Woods says, “Seeing the pain in their eyes for essentially being caught up in the perception that the federal government was slow to move on New Orleans because of race, was unforgettable.” After hearing their MSY Airport deployment experiences in detail, Woods was all in on the Katrina response big picture.

Woods’ Dec. ’06 DMAT CA-4 interview in San Diego

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – San Francisco Bay Area

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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder and former Oakland, California Lake Merritt Neighborhood resident M. Darryl Woods.

Twenty-eight years ago M. Woods departed a homeless shelter on MacDonald Street in Richmond, California. He boarded a Greyhound bus, courtesy of Contra Costa County, bound for the Puget Sound Region where jobs were plentiful. Within thirty days, he was back to being a contributing member of society. “I credit the staff at the Bay Area Rescue Mission for providing me with an environment conducive to getting my life together,” says Woods. He goes on to say, “I also thank Gospel Search Ministries‘ Dr. Madalynn Peterson for her angelic message of hope.” It was the next day, following her visit to evening worship service, that Woods decided to flow northward to the Emerald City; Seattle, Washington.

Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond

BARM

On March 26, 1994, M. Woods launched the Afromation Educational Movement to Integrate American History at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Seattle Central District. In ’96, Oakland Tribune Columnist Brenda Payton wrote about Woods in a piece titled, “Integrating History.” He left the East Bay homeless man. He returned to the East Bay an accomplished author.

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” A mega disaster that essentially made a million people homeless. On September 7, 2005, M. Woods in perpetual pay-it-forward mode since Richmond, answered the call to assist fellow Americans in dire need and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences.

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. It was the Menlo Park, California interview of CA-6 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) members Dave Lipin, Barbara Morita-Wake and Richard Brown that would touch his heart. After hearing their courageous and harrowing Superdome deployment experiences in detail, Woods was all in on the Katrina response big picture.

Woods’ Dec. ’06 D. Lipin interview in Menlo Park


 

Woods’ Jan ’07 R. Brown interview at the Superdome

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – Portland

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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder and former Pacific Northwest resident M. Darryl Woods.

On March 26, 1994, M. Woods launched the Afromation Educational Movement to Integrate American History at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Seattle Central District. The rally cry was, “Too Much History For Just One Month!”

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” On September 7, 2005, Afromation redirected its focus on New Orleans and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences. The new rally cry was, “What really happened in New Orleans!”

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. Unexpectedly, a rare west of the Cascades “Arctic Blast” prevented the Portland visit. However, current Air National Guard Command Chief and then Oregon Air National Guard 125th Special Tactical Squardron combat controller (CCT) Chief Master Sgt James Hotaling, was very accommodating via the phone and Internet. After hearing his experiences in the New Orleans flood zone, Woods was all in on the Katrina response big picture.

How do you safely airlift tens of thousands of Katrina Survivors from elevated concrete and land thousands of time with not one helo collision? Air Force pilots and CCTs; for one.

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – Atlanta

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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder and former Doraville resident M. Darryl Woods.

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” On September 7, 2005, M. Woods answered the call to assist fellow Americans in dire need and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods wass why did Delta Airlines supposedly withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, the airline was going through reorganization at the time; Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk.

What those two airline executives, who piloted Delta humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences. It was later learned in subsequent interviews that the Delta flight crew in question ignored the FEMA “destination unknown” policy somewhere over the Ozarks when they compassionately informed the displaced Louisianans their plane was en route to Nebraska.

 

 

Now on the trail of the big picture, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. In 2007, the TCP Lead Researcher was given a personal tour of Delta’s Flight Ops/Operations Customer Center (OCC) at ATL; where he met the man in charge during Katrina, the late Bill Miret.

Thanks to the cooperation of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, FEMA, FAA, USFWS, state and municipal agencies, etc., the interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – Los Angeles

October 10th, 2016 Comments off

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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder M. Darryl Woods.

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” On September 7, 2005, M. Woods answered the call to assist fellow Americans in dire need and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One one repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted Delta humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences.

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. In a car ride down Vanowen Street, from the Van Nuys Amtrak-Metrolink Station to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Helinet Aviation helicopter pilot J.T. Alpaugh tells Woods an amazing account of how he and Al Pervin became the sole media eye in the sky for the second biggest story of the 21st Century.

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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