Life Goes onby Herbie J. Pilato
The unique flavor of this daring series (which debuted on ABC in 1989, and which has recently been released on DVD) went straight to the heart of
In the history of popular television, there are not many shows that have addressed the issues of adolescence, family values, diversity, prejudice, and physical and mental disabilities so directly and fully as Life Goes On.
The unique flavor of this daring series (which debuted on ABC in 1989, and which has recently been released on DVD) went straight to the heart of the American-viewing public. Now, the creation, development, and ever-increasing popularity of this this ground-breaking and heartwarming small screen classic is explored in LIFE STORY - THE BOOK OF LIFE GOES ON: TV'S FIRST AND BEST FAMILY SHOW OF CHALLENGE, written by best-selling author Herbie J Pilato (Bewitched Forever, The Kung Fu Book of Caine).
Inside the pages of LIFE STORY, the reader will find revealing commentary from Pilato's exclusive interviews with cast members such as the Golden-Globe-nominated Chris Burke (who played Corky Thacher, the high-school teen with Down syndrome, which Burke has in real life), the Emmy-winning Chad Lowe (who portrayed the AIDS-stricken Jesse McKenna), and the Family-Television-Award winning Kellie Martin (who was Becca Thacher, sister to Corky and loyal young love to Jesse, and who is now the star of the Hallmark Channel new hit series, Mystery Woman). Also interviewed for LIFE STORY, were pristine behind-the-scenes team players including director/producer Michael Nankin and creator/executive producer Michael Braverman (the latter of whom has penned the book's foreword).
Life Goes On continues to inspire viewers, and reaches beyond the realm of average entertainment with superior production values and credible, yet compelling, universal stories, each delivered with a sincere dedication in presenting good television. LIFE STORY - THE BOOK OF LIFE GOES ON: TV'S FIRST AND BEST FAMILY SHOW OF CHALLENGE captures that same spirit and transfers it into literary form.
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What a great series....and what a GREAT book! This series was quality all the way, and to read all the behind-the-scenes stories that went into its making makes the show even more lovable. It was breakthrough in so many ways, dealing with many topics/issues that were so rare back then, and doing them in such a personal, loving way. I particularly like how they handled Down Syndrome and HIV. Kudos to the producers... and kudos to Herbie J. Pilato for giving this endearing program its due with this tome. Dan Weaver
I loved this book! In the pages of LIFE STORY Herbie J Pilato discusses how "Life Goes On", the '80s ABC series positively impacted our societal attitudes towards disability and HIV AIDS. Pilato interviewed much of the cast, crew, and production staff who without exception knew that they not only had a hit show but they were changing hearts and minds in a big way. The show was truly an inspiration to persons with disabilities to become actors. And even the devastating illness of HIV AIDS was seen in a more understanding and compassionate manner. As Herbie J Pilato so eloquently presents the more we see each other face life's challenges the better we see ourselves. The series broke down barriers and the by Herbie J Pilato is an excellent read for anyone wanting to join in breaking down those barriers. LIFE STORY-THE BOOK OF LIFE GOES ON will certainly help in our efforts.to promote equality and inclusion. Vince Staskel
"...extremely well done and easily read...an accurate trip to a most wonderful place in my past...an extraordinary effort." - Michael Braverman (creator of Life Goes On) "An amazing book...totally captures the essence of Life Goes On." - Michael Lange (director of Life Goes On) "...a real heartfelt and terrific behind-the-scenes chronicle of those four wonderful years of 'Life Goes On.'" - Bill Smitrovich (star of Life Goes On)