Kevin Gray, an author and 1976 graduate of PSU, has written a memoir about the adventures and life lessons learned during his college years. His new book, “On the Strand,” is focused largely in Pittsburg and at the former Kansas State College, which became PSU in 1977.

Gray, whose father Harold L. Gray graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in 1941, works as a journalist for the Osawatomie Journal. He taught English and journalism at Paola (Kan.) High School for 30 years before retiring to pursue journalism.

“On the Strand,” named after a poem his father wrote in 1939 while attending KSTC, is Gray’s third book. He has also published the memoir “Waking Up in the Studebaker” and “To the Prairie and to God,” a book of poetry written by his father. For more information, visit