Lipstick and Lies Lands on PBS's History Detectives
A little-known Nazi spy ring and its double-agent countess leader play a pivotal role in Lipstick and Lies, my debut WWII home front historical mystery. At History Detectives recently, a contributor's toy soldiers stirred up a 70-year old mystery: was a Detroit-based physician with a link to the toys a member of the ring? When the show's producers, looking for clues to solving the case, learned of my treasure trove of original research—newspaper articles, correspondence, FBI documents from the times—I was quickly drawn in.
"Nazi Spy Toys," was filmed in Detroit and I was interviewed on-camera as an expert on the case...woo hoo!!! The segment premiered on PBS on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 9/PST.
Women's History Month Special Event
March 16, 2010. On March 16, 2010 Women Airforce Service Pilot Jean Harman, 44-W-9, joined Margit for her presentation at Foothill College, Menlo Park, CA. Jean brought the Congressional Gold Medal she and her sister WASP were awarded by Congress the week before. Following the Power Point presentation on Hollywood Buzz, Jean did a "show & tell." Fun and a thrill for all!!! (Click to see photos)
WASP in the News
January 29, 2010. Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, McConnell to Hold Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony to Honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII
Washington, D.C.Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Republican Leader John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and Members of Congress will hold a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on March 10, 2010 in the Capitol to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II.
The WASP was a pioneering organization of civilian female pilots employed to fly military aircrafts under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. More than 60 years ago, they flew fighter, bomber, transport, and training aircraft in defense of America's freedom. Through their actions, the WASP eventually were the catalyst for revolutionary reform in the integration of women pilots into the Armed Services.
Legislation to support the WASP Congressional Gold Medal was co-sponsored by: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA). On July 1, 2009, President Obama signed this legislation.
"This Congressional Gold Medal honors the remarkable accomplishments, courage, and sacrifice of a distinct group of women in the United States military," said Congresswomen Ros-Lehtinen and Davis, and Senators Hutchison and Mikulski. "The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII will be remembered for their dedicated efforts and unwavering service to our country in the fight for freedom."
"With Hollywood Buzz, I set out to cast much deserved sunlight on this band of flying sisters," Liesche says. "What a dream come true to finally see these inspiring women receive this highest honor they so richly deserve."
July 1, 2009. President Obama Signs Bill Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Women Airforce Service Pilots (click to see photos and read about this historic moment of recognition!).
To hear Margit's interview at a local NPR affiliate, go to www.krcb.org. Click on "Radio" and then "Podcasts." Find "Novel Idea" and "April 8, 2009, Margit Liesche."
FLYP Article Check out this online magazine article about the WASP. Don't miss the video interviews with WASP Jean Harman and Margit Liesche on the third page (pg 32)!
Video interview and profile now live on YouTube.