Meetings: A Reporter's Notebook

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Provocative interviews that capture the spirit of our times by Jess Stearn, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet.

Mae West, Johnny Carson, Taylor Caldwell, Elvis Presley, Carl Sandburg, Eleanor Roosevelt, Grace Kelly, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Clark Gable are just a few of the people Jess Stearn crossed paths with in his storied career as a journalist and author. He met with the famous and the infamous, the proud and the humble, the glamorous ...

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Overview

Provocative interviews that capture the spirit of our times by Jess Stearn, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet.

Mae West, Johnny Carson, Taylor Caldwell, Elvis Presley, Carl Sandburg, Eleanor Roosevelt, Grace Kelly, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Clark Gable are just a few of the people Jess Stearn crossed paths with in his storied career as a journalist and author. He met with the famous and the infamous, the proud and the humble, the glamorous and the plain. With every meeting, Stearn learned something about the world, about human nature and about himself. He learned about humility from the policeman who risked his life in turbulent waters to save a boy's dog. He learned about loyalty from Phil Donahue who, after achieving superstardom, remembered those who stuck by him in the lean years. He learned about integrity from baseball great Sandy Koufax who refused to blame other players for costly World Series errors that marred the end of his brilliant career. He learned about pride and independence from an Italian immigrant bootblack who refused a generous tip.

These snapshots from a reporter's notebook offer a compelling look at American history in the 20th century. Stearn's detailed personal reflections on events such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the rise of rock 'n' roll music and the Kennedy assassination bring into clear focus the larger-than-life characters who molded our times. Whether you lived through these events or just read about them in history books, Meetings will hold you spellbound and keep you turning pages as you explore Stearn's fascinating experiences.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781558745001
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Prologue xi
Part 1 The Reporter's Notebook
City Editor 3
The Ceiling 6
Grandma 18
The Chancellor 20
Sandburg 23
The Vanishing Doctor 26
Jawn 28
The Goddess 36
The Addams Family 41
No Smoking Please 45
The Vacation 48
A Driver a Month 50
The Tea Taster 52
The King 55
Actors 66
Sir Michael 68
Vanderbilt 73
Old Blue Eyes 76
Elvis (The Beginning) 84
Elvis (The Legend Begins) 87
Tracy and Hepburn 92
The Lion 96
The Millionaire 102
The Toy 104
The Decision Maker 106
First Lady and the Cardinal 108
Tin Pan Alley 117
Good Night, Sweetheart 120
A Movie Connection 123
The Patriarch 126
Presidential Suite 134
Kennedy's Friend 136
Lady of Pleasure 139
A Blueprint for a President 148
The Cab Driver 151
War and Peace 153
Part 2 Books and Mystics
The Great Maya 161
The Kennedy Curse 167
The Matriarch 170
Phil Donahue 172
Johnny Carson 175
Tammy and Jimmy Bakker 179
Profits for Prophet 182
Cicely Tyson 184
The Courier 188
The Artist 190
Bob Hope 200
Kenneth Branagh 201
Glamour 202
A Malibu Star 204
The General 207
The Irreversible Crime 212
Denson 221
More Denson 224
The Sheraton File 226
Don't Shake My Tree 228
More Mae West 231
Shirley MacLaine 233
More Shirley 236
The Bird Woman 238
Kung Fu 245
Susan and Marilyn 249
Football 251
The Braggart 253
Customs 256
The Good Shepherd 257
The Producer 260
An Extraordinary Man 262
The Dream 264
A Fleeting Star 269
A Self-Made Man 272
A Miracle 276
Encore 280
The Bishop 283
Epilogue 293
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