Ike Skelton’s memoirs went to print just a few months ago … he held a book signing event in his hometown of Lexington just two weeks ago. Former AP reporter and now consultant Scott Charton helped him organize his stories and write the book. Skelton’s memoirs, entitled “Achieve the Honorable,” were released to the public on Oct. 10.

With House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, 2010.

With House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, 2010.

Charton says the book begins by talking about how polio changed the course of Skelton’s life forever when he was a 15-year-old military cadet at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington.

He talks about the character behind the man, how Skelton chose the title of his book, and how he worked with Skelton’s biography into print, a somewhat “low tech” process.

Charton says he spent many memorable afternoons with the former Congressman, walking around the block in picturesque Lexington and listening to his stories. He says it was an honor to know him, and that he will be laid to rest in Lexington is fitting for “a gentleman and a gentle man.”

“Achieve the Honorable” is available through Amazon. Click HERE to order.

Charton comments on Ike — Jessica Machetta interviews Scott Charton (16:43)