The Schenectadians

The Schenectadians

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by George Richard Lunn Gardner
     
 

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The story of two men, a father and son-in-law, who helped shape a city's growth in the 20th century.

A young, idealistic minister, and a stonecutter's son, two men merged in destiny.

The former—driven by the abuses of a new industrial age at the turn of the century—from the pulpit to founding a crusading newspaper, election as the first Socialist

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The story of two men, a father and son-in-law, who helped shape a city's growth in the 20th century.

A young, idealistic minister, and a stonecutter's son, two men merged in destiny.

The former—driven by the abuses of a new industrial age at the turn of the century—from the pulpit to founding a crusading newspaper, election as the first Socialist mayor in New York State, then Democrat congressman, lieutenant governor and to the threshold of the presidency.

The latter from the mats of a local college and sawdust of the carnival to two world wrestling championships, a hometown hero and, for a third of a century, an area's "Mr. Democrat."

A story of two men—a father and son-in-law—and a city, but more so a story of family, its joys in success, its heartbreaks in loss. A readable episode in a city's history, but more so an inspiration to sons and daughters everywhere.

George R. Lunn urged more biographies and autobiographies, "...for in them we touch life in a peculiar and intimate way... We find history, we find philosophy, and we find religion... We are touching life in its most vital reality, and where can we find greater wisdom than by reading the actual conflicts of men and women in this workaday world?"

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ISBN-13:
9780595137237
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Schenectadians 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an eminently readable and inspiring book! George Gardner manages to make both subjects, George Lunn and Pink Gardner, extremely real and captures their 'bigger-than-life' personalities. I knew George Gardner in college and he spoke then of writing a book about his grandfather. I'm glad he included his father in this book. Both men were special enough to deserve recognition. A highly-recommended read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a MASTERPIECE!!! What a brilliant effort! I stand in awe of George's talent! The basic reason for the book - memorializing two unique, interesting, and productive individuals - is absolutely achieved. I'm sure some would say, 'Sure it¿s good. Look at the material he had to work with.' And that's the point. Through his writing talent we could look at the two 'STARS' up close and personal. I love his writing style. While many successful writers make good use of adjectives, which George does, he manages to use adjectives that no one else would use in that context and they work! So many writers come up with analogies that are clearly forced, don't quite work, and stop the reader who realizes their weakness. Not George! He has the talent to do the unusual and make it work. Then there is his technique of changing scenes with some abruptness, which results in a change of pace and greater interest, and defeats boredom. That and some interesting sentence structure gave me the conviction that he is a writer, not just a storyteller. In the opening he states that the work is a novel, which signals to me that much of the details of scenes and conversations are reproduced by him based on facts and his imagination. If that is true, then he does his reproductions believably and therefore spectacularly brilliantly. Again, moving from the storyteller stage to something more expert, he has exhibited the ability to understand and to use his knowledge of the human condition - an advanced writing skill! As I have said, he is a WRITER, a professional! I'm anxious to read his next work! What much of the above adds up to is that George has the highly skilled ability to create three-dimensional characters on a two-dimensional page. WOW! Speaking of dimensions, there is one more aspect that deserves comment here. I found many parts of the book to be personally INSPIRING without overt preaching. I feel closer to God. Reading the book was an interesting, rewarding, riveting and memorable experience. A MASTERPIECE! Worth waiting for. I thank you for including me in its triumph!