Growing up in California: Life in the Golden State in the 40?s and 50?s

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A humorous biographical romp through California in the early years of radio and TV. Life in the Golden State in the 40s and 50s.

Seldom has a biography produced such a ribald cast of characters, from saints to scoundrels, from war heros to draft dodgers, from movie stars to could-have-beens. Growing up in a show business family during World War II, author Michael Barker relishes in prose unique glimpses of the lives and times of those who ...

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Overview

A humorous biographical romp through California in the early years of radio and TV. Life in the Golden State in the 40s and 50s.

Seldom has a biography produced such a ribald cast of characters, from saints to scoundrels, from war heros to draft dodgers, from movie stars to could-have-beens. Growing up in a show business family during World War II, author Michael Barker relishes in prose unique glimpses of the lives and times of those who entertained and enlightened the greatest generation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595195671
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2001
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographs ix
Forword xi
Part I Influences 1
Chapter I The W.C. Fields Cups 3
Chapter II A Cowboy Remembered 17
Chapter III Uncle Ed 60
Chapter IV The Melody Sisters 97
Part II Growth 115
Chapter V Hampton Glen 117
Chapter VI The Neighborhood 136
Chapter VII Visiting Auntie 162
Chapter VIII Working and Getting Around 195
Chapter IX Schools 218
Chapter X After Word 247
About the Author 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    הJaypaw

    &#1492Know howwda do that?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Wasn't So Long Ago

    This whimsical look back on an era that shaped the California we know today provides a great window on a generation destined to shape America at the end of the 20th century. With humor and a great conversational style, the author takes us on a wonderful, insightful journey -- and makes us long to go back and live the golden life again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2001

    Great Character Studies

    Impressive characters leading extraordinary lives in war and peace, laced with mischief, humor and poignancy, describes Barker's knack for getting to the core of human folly and heroism. This is the west coast sequel of Russel Baker's best selling book 'Growing Up'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2002

    A fine family portrait

    A well-crafted and very personal portrait of youth and adolescence in the 40's and 50's. In his revelations about the complexities of his family life -- raised by aunts and uncles, mother and stepfather -- Barker brings us a story that is quintessentially American. Well worth a read.

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