Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher's Trek

Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher's Trek

by Fred Eichelman




“Dr. Eichelman’s interesting stories and wonderful anecdotes truly make his book a treasure!” – Rhonda Fleming, actress/singer

“Fred is an amazing man, a true Southern gentleman, full of great stories and anecdotes that I guarantee will keep a smile on your face for days on end.” – Gregory Crosby (grandson of Bing Crosby), screenwriter/producer

Discover a hidden, heartwarming side of Hollywood and politics you never knew existed.

Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek describes the worlds of entertainment, literature, and politics as experienced by the author during his lifetime. Dr. Eichelman reveals how films and television programs influenced his growing up, his teaching career, and his Christian ministry by reflecting upon the beautiful souls who throughout their storied careers have touched numerous lives, not just his own. His anecdotes feature such personalities as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Stewart, Rhonda Fleming, Ronald Reagan, Andy Griffith, several Star Trek cast members, and many more celebrities well into the twenty-first century. The introduction by actress, producer, and motivational speaker Nancy Stafford promises that Dr. Eichelman will take you “where no man has gone before,” a promise that he delivers upon in charming, “come in and set a spell” Southern storyteller fashion.

“When Dr. Fred speaks, we in the industry listen raptly and with awe. … [He] has a deep affection for a flawed but noble species, and the form of entertainment that reaches the world by speaking directly to the human heart.” – Michael McClendon, actor/writer/director

“The extraordinary flair, talent and craftsmanship of Dr. Fred Eichelman make this book capture a real glimpse into the yesteryear of where movies began.” – Jenn Gotzon, actress

“I thoroughly enjoyed this journey of a western-loving, scifi-loving, student-loving, family-loving, God-loving man who has used his experiences and encounters with celebrities throughout his life to teach and encourage the craft of story-telling through film and media to the next generation.” – Jenny L. Cote, author.

“Fred Eichelman reveals that faith and family films will never be given the recognition they deserve because of… the agenda driven powers that control the release of films. He covers films that deserved wide theatrical distribution that went unrecognized despite the respected background that those involved brought to the table.” – Kevin Sorbo, actor

“A passionate man who follows art and his faith with heart and intellect, my dear friend Dr. Fred has created a wonderful amalgam of stories, facts, and entertainment that takes the reader on a stellar voyage.” – Kathy Garver, actress/author/producer/speaker

“They say real cowboys don’t exist anymore. Anyone who has met Fred knows that’s wrong. He is the old guard Hollywood, and listening to his stories is like taking a tour through history on someone’s front porch drinking lemonade… enjoy!” – Kerri Pomarolli, comedienne/actress/author

Dr. Fred Eichelman is a retired Virginia public school teacher whose career spanned four decades. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College, with a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia and a Doctor of Social Studies Education degree awarded by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Eichelman is the author of three history and government textbooks and a science fiction novel, Valerie in Giantland. He has written for several print magazines and has served as a book and film reviewer. He is on the board of directors for Point North † Outreach Ministries and editor of its publication, Point North † Tidings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997120202
Publisher: System Support Services, Inc
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents


"Where No Man Has Gone Before" Foreword by Nancy Stafford


1. Family Ties and Life Lines

2. Early Education and War

3. Southern Living, Learning, and Letters

4. What Is This Thing Called Love?

5. Jimmy Stewart, Rhonda Fleming, Bob Hope, and Other Teaching Partners

6. No, It Wasn't Elizabeth Taylor Who Got Me into Politics

7. A Long Trek Through Conventions

8. Using the Media for Christian Outreach



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