Copyright 2001

[ November 21st 2001 ]

America will never be the same again after the tragic event of September 11, 2001. Since that day a growing sense of community has emerged throughout the nation.

America has become a village. A radiant example of the resiliency of the American spirit is evident by this village attitude. And like any village that has experienced a tragic event of this magnitude a growing concern arises for its children.

On Wednesday, November 21, 2001, at 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Top of the Line LLC will introduce the first edition of the world's first children's coloring book magazine to the children at Leonhard Elementary school, in the Library/Media room, located at 20900 Independence in Southfield, Michigan. The first issue is a commemorative edition, entitled "ENDURING FREEDOM HEROES."

Top of the Line President, Curtis L. Lewis chose Thanksgiving time to introduce this book to express his gratitude for being an American. Top of the Line has trail blazed a new standard of excellence for children's publications unlike any other. The first issue "ENDURING FREEDOM HEROES" (EFH) deals with the reality of a global society in many ways. For instance, the people they see are from many different ethnic groups. EFH is a 32 page coloring book magazine that deals with news, history, reality and social issues like diversity, racial profiling and freedom serving as journalistic piece because it tells the story of the tragic event of September 11, 2001.

FH also contains a letter from the editor and a special letter written by a child social worker and an art therapist which gives parents some therapeutic direction; so parents and children can maximize the usage of this product. EFH also contains activity pages and features many of the key players in our current administration. The cover page is provocative with handcrafted artwork drawn by the book's creator. It is a surreal 3 dimensional pictorial dramatization depicting the tragic events of that day.

The picture of President George W. Bush's face reflects the sadness of an entire nation of people as his face looms over the Pentagon. EFH features the statue of liberty, the American flag and a bald eagle soaring over the Twin Towers. All of which are symbolic of what America stands for. There is also a fireman and a soldier walking together to symbolize America's brave heroes. The drawing itself is a colorful masterpiece.

Curtis L. Lewis is the creator of this publication. He is a native Detroiter and Southfield's artist in residence. Southfield is located on the outskirts of Detroit and is known as Michigan's city of diversity. Lewis is an accomplished artist and the President of Top of the Line LLC. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an artist Lewis's sports murals have been exhibited at the Joe Louis arena and the Palace of Auburn Hills. Lewis was the first and only artist to paint and unveil a mural of the World Championship Pistons during half-time at an NBA Championship game. Others have been exhibited at the Museum of African American History.

His most celebrated mural is "The Eye of the Tiger." The mural depicts Tiger Woods at various stages in his career. General Motors exhibited the mural at the 2000 Buick Open.

The co-author and editor of this publication goes by the name of Eia. She is a journalist who graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and owns a small PR/Marketing firm in Southfield Michigan. She has also co-authored several children's books and is currently on a long-term assignment with the Southfield Eccentric Newspaper where she resides.

Lewis will be sending copies of the book to the White House for the President and other Washington dignitaries for autographs. In addition, books will be sent to Barry Bonds, baseball's World Series Champions the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, Tiger Woods, Jack Nikolaus, PGA players, Michael Jordan, NBA players, NFL, NHL players, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Little Bow Wow, John Travolta, Halle Berry, Tom Hanks and Angelina Jolie. These autographed books will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to the victims of September 11, 2001.

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