Fred Yocum, a resident of Brewer, will be available to sign copies of his book “Finer Than a Frog's Hair Split Three Ways — Early Life, Family, Travels, and Baseball” Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, Route 73.

While on their honeymoon in the Soviet Union, Fred and his wife Caroline decided they should concentrate on seeing the United States.  Eventually, all members of the family (and one Cabbage Patch doll) were in all 50 states. Yocum was in every city with a population of 37,500 or more and in every county in the United States.

The most unusual aspect in raising their family was the fact that Fred and Caroline’s only son, Stephen, had multiple disabilities, but also a winsome personality and a desire to savor life.  He was both a delight and a challenge to the time of his death March 26, 1999, at age 27.

With their children (and the doll) in tow, the Yocums went about their expansive trip with gusto. Along the way, they stop at Major League Baseball parks to watch the professionals play out Fred and his son's favorite sport. With turns of happiness and tragedy abounding, “Finer than a Frog's Hair Split Three Ways” has readers laughing, crying and relating with every page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or