Gatch, Tom Jr

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Working name of Thomas Leigh Gatch (1925-1974), US West Point graduate, author, playwright and army reservist. His Alternate-History sf novel, King Julian (1954), depicts the USA as a monarchy – the Jonbar Point leading to this timeline being that when asked, George Washington did accept the crown of the Americas. In the novel's alternate present day, his descendants still rule. Gatch vanished during an attempted eastbound crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon assembly of his own construction. [DRL/JC]

Thomas Leigh Gatch

born Annapolis, Maryland: 13 September 1925

died at sea, circa 20 February 1974 [last radio contact 19 February; "apparently lifeless balloon" sighted well off course on 21 February]

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