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Travel with author Alex Kole on a sentimental journey back to a place in the Bronx where a malted cost a nickel and friends were worth a million. A memoir, written in the style made famous by the TV show The Wonder Years (the narrator is present day Alex Kole, remembering back to his earlier years through the younger Alex), Captain Wonder, Lou Gehrig, and Me appeals to readers of all ages. We can all identify with four-year-old Alex getting his first bike, the boys playing stickball, the pre-teen with his club, ...

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Overview

Travel with author Alex Kole on a sentimental journey back to a place in the Bronx where a malted cost a nickel and friends were worth a million. A memoir, written in the style made famous by the TV show The Wonder Years (the narrator is present day Alex Kole, remembering back to his earlier years through the younger Alex), Captain Wonder, Lou Gehrig, and Me appeals to readers of all ages. We can all identify with four-year-old Alex getting his first bike, the boys playing stickball, the pre-teen with his club, and the young man at boot camp. And through it all-through the Great Depression, through the awkward teenage years, and through World War II-Alex, his friends and family, show us how to not just survive, but thrive. Thrive in a way that is often lost or overlooked in today's fast-paced, instant gratification world. Without the Internet or Nintendo games to play, Alex and his friends used their imagination to create, and looked to heroes such as Lou Gehrig and comic book characters like Captain Wonder as role models to a better future for all.

Unique features of this memoir include: Each chapter ends with a list of facts for that time in history, such as the price of bread, top news headlines, and the current President of the USA. Photos and other memorabilia from Alex's childhood as graphical elements to tell more of the story and document for historical purposes, Key documents from that era, including text from Alex's diary he kept as a soldier in WWII, Anecdotes and humor bring you back into these early years of our Nation's history. Reads like a novel, yet provides us all with an education on what life was like back in the 1930's and 1940's for much of our nation. Anuplifting, feel good book, Captain Wonder, Lou Gehrig, and Me is one book you will read more than once.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979237164
  • Publisher: Keene Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/25/2008
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1924, Alex S. Kole grew up in the Bronx during the depression and went on to serve our country in WWII. Upon returning from the war, he put his GI Bill to work and pursued his life-long dream to become a graphic artist and attended the Jean Morgan School of Art. Alex’s career began at a small ad agency and from there became art director for a florist trade magazine, Art in Flowers. For the next forty years, he worked at Sterling Magazines, a magazine publishing company in mid-Manhattan, where he advanced from paste-up to lay-out, to art editor, then production director, and finally Vice-President. He resides in Bronxville, NY.
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Table of Contents


Prologue     11
Those Early Daze - 1924-1928     14
Moving Around the Bronx - 1928-1930     18
Meet the Koles and Alfred - 1931     23
1977 Prospect Avenue - 1932     35
Gypsies No More-For Awhile - 1933-1934     42
On the Road-Again - 1934-1935     51
What Flavor, Kid? - 1935     62
Alfred in Queens - 1936     71
The Silver King - 1936     82
I Thought She'd Live Forever - 1937     90
Jimmy - 1937     100
The Five Aces - 1938     108
Omissions     118
The Marquis - 1938-1939     122
The Elbons - 1939     130
DeWitt C - 1939-1940     141
Figmatic - 1940-1941     152
Meet Captain Wonder - 1941     162
"Get Me a Map" - 1941     172
Uncle Sonny - 1942     184
Los Caballeros - 1942     193
I Graduate-Finally - 1942-1943     203
More Than Just Friends - 1943     213
Camp Upton - 4/29/1943     222
Atlantic City - 5/9/1943     232
City College of New York - 6/28/1943     240
University of New Hampshire - 7/3/1943     243
FortDevens - 3/28/1944     254
Fort Lewis - 7/9/1944     261
O'Reilly General Hospital - 10/12/1944     268
Camp Howze - 1/3/1945     276
Fort Sill - 1/3/1945     281
The Presidio and Fort Ord - 9/10/1945     298
Camp Meade and San Francisco - 3/16/1946     314
Me Condense? - 1946-1991     320
Afterword     323
People, Places, Pets, and Clubs     325
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    A must-read!!

    There are a ton of memoirs these days...if you visit any Barnes & Noble store, you'll notice that this section continues to grow by the second. It's hard to find ones that are truly fascinating and attention-grabbing...but this book is definitely a gem. And it's perfect for book clubs looking to branch out!

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