Jacks and the Jills

Jacks and the Jills

by Don Barnhart
     
 
Author, Don Barnhart was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley where this novel takes place, so he knows the subject well. During the late 1950's, smack dab in the golden age of Rock 'n Roll, and way before the current flux of modern day gangs, there were an abundance of car clubs. No club was more respected and feared than a Southern California group known as

Overview

Author, Don Barnhart was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley where this novel takes place, so he knows the subject well. During the late 1950's, smack dab in the golden age of Rock 'n Roll, and way before the current flux of modern day gangs, there were an abundance of car clubs. No club was more respected and feared than a Southern California group known as the Jacks, in which, for a short period of time, Mr. Barnhart was a member. This, his third novel, is a compelling story of the Jacks and their Jills, a funny, balls-out, coming of age yarn punctuated by hot rods and the music that underscored that special time.

The narrative follows Ron, Delores and Taylor through their personal struggles of growing up, their sexual exploration and the tragic death of a friend, while attempting to understand the true meaning of their own separate lives.

Their tumultuous relationships are woven in and around the escapades of the notorious club, as the Jacks gamely hold on to their reputation and remain top dog in the community of souped-up cars, wild parties and domineering strength.

It's a story that feeds the nostalgia in all of us and lets the reader rediscover the innocence's of how it was in those days that led up to these current chaotic times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781460967959
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/02/2011
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Don Lewis Barnhart has recently finished his third novel entitled, �Jacks and the Jills�. �Crooked Road Straight�, his second and the first novel, �Our Father�s Sons�, were completed in 2009/10. They are available on Amazon, Kindle and signed editions on his Web site. He�s close to completing his fourth novel, entitled, �Sweet Talker�.

He loves the writing process and has created a number of screenplays and television concepts. Don�s movie company, Maxxam Entertainment, is currently in the arduous task of securing funds to produce his original screenplay, �Vegas Wedding Blues�, which he is set to direct.

Prior to his current writing career, Mr. Barnhart has Directed, Assistant Directed and Stage Managed hundreds of Network television shows in all formats, including single and multiple cameras, on stage and on locations, featuring book shows, musicals and commercials.

His directing credits include, but not all, Mork & Mindy, Benson, Full House, Hardknocks, pilots; Here To Stay and The O'Brians. He also directed 85 episodes of the syndicated series, Comedy Break, multiple episodes of Down To Earth, Safe At Home, Rocky Road, Madam's Place and a three hour live Network show entitled Celebrate America.

He�s also had the privilege of directing eight (8) seasons of the extremely popular NBC Network teen-age series, Saved By The Bell (over 200 hundred episodes seen here and in 85 countries during its hey-day and is currently still on the air) plus, three (3) seasons of California Dreams (over 40 episodes).

When �SBTB� became a major success, Mr. Barnhart directed the NBC Movie of the Week, "Saved By The Bell, Hawaiian Style� to huge ratings. Swapping a Speedo for snowshoes, he traveled to Montreal, Canada to direct multiple episodes (7) of Fox�s popular teen-age show, Student Bodies.

Don recently finished his tenth year of directing the annual "Meet The Nominees� for the Director�s Guild of America and in 1996 received the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner award. He has also had the wild and unique experience of directing both Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters at the same time. No award for that, however, but he did learn some comedy.

Earlier, as an Assistant director, Don worked on many TV specials. Among them, the Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and Ringo Starr specials. He has logged over 1000 hours of the daytime drama, General Hospital and never called in sick. His additional film AD work includes, McCloud, The Bionic Woman and Beretta, where, in retrospect, maybe he should've made a call...

Don has directed many stage plays and has performed as an actor in repertory and community theatre companies throughout the Pacific Northwest and at the Call-board theatre, the Attic theatre and The First Stage theatre in Los Angeles. He spent the entire 'sixties' as a popular radio personality on many stations in many towns, doing that DJ thing before it became the �rave�. He has been a featured speaker at many colleges and film classes, trying to give something back to the fledging artists to come.

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