Gary Giddins, the author of a major biography of Bing Crosby, will be in Spokane for several appearances on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Giddins will make a major speech about Bing at Bing’s alma matter, Gonzaga University. The speech at the Hemmingson Center on the GU campus, will trace the story of Bing’s rise from his start in Spokane to a world figure.
The speech, at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public .
Giddins will also speak and answer questions from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. He will sign copies of the just released Bing biography.
Giddins is touring the country publicizing the second volume of the biography, Swinging On A Star, the story of Bing from 1940 to 1946. This is the era when Bing made the movies “Going My Way” and “Bells of St. Mary’s” which reflect Bing’s own childhood in the heavily Catholic neighborhood around Gonzaga.