From Whence I Came

From Whence I Came

by Alton Tabor

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From Whence I Came by Alton Tabor

As we reach the later years of life, I am sure all of us have experienced the thought, If I could do it over again. You know the feeling . if only I had . This realization toward the end of our lives, when we get a clear look at what our life has been, or could have been, with different decisions. The crystal ball shows us only the road behind with 20/20 vision. As is certainly my case.

I will recite my life in the first person, narrated as it actually happened. In the ensuing words and story, I will lay out the road my life has taken. It had sadness, happiness, disappointments, exhilarations, success, and failure. Plainly speaking . the ups and downs most lives have, although mine have been more varied, with touches of success and notoriety, than most . It has taken me from an impoverished family of a single mother and five children in the depths of the Great Depression of the '30s in Oklahoma. This single mother raised three to serve in the military during WWII, two to go to the University of Oklahoma, one to have some success as an actor in Hollywood in television and movies.

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ISBN-13: 9781434358288
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 04/05/2008
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.24(d)

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From Whence I Came 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BLRP More than 1 year ago
I read this book in an afternoon and really enjoyed it. People now have no idea what the Depression in the 1930s was like. Like the author, I was also a child of the Depression. Reading this book was almost like being there.
Happy-ReaderTM More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable to read and has a wonderful way of making you believe that you can survive just about anything. Mr. Tabor survived the Great Depression, Hollywood and went on to be a sucessful businessman and is now retired and lives with his daughters. I highly recommend people read this inspirational story and then pass it on to family and friends!
RKWMD More than 1 year ago
Arguably, the second half of the 20th century will be seen for the breakneck speed of development it achieved. Mr. Tabor's fascinating book charts his journey through those times as a witness to history, from his humble origins in an impoverished Oklahoma during the Great Depression of the 1920's & 30's, via service in the Navy during WWII, through to the heady days of wine & roses in California at the turn of the millennium. Though the Depression of the 1930's was before my time, it is impossible not feel considerable compassion for the people who went through it as Mr. Tabor did. His memoirs recall some incredibly criminal decisions enacted by the Federal Government at the time to control food prices, such as condemning vast numbers of healthy cattle that could have fed the poverty stricken - and their subsequent scandalous burial in lime pits. His poignant description of Japan after the cessation of hostilities in 1945, gives a first-hand account of life and relationships between Americans and the Japanese after the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had swiftly brought an end to hostilities. Mr. Tabor then takes us through the golden era of movies in post-war Hollywood as he breaks into the movie business. I enjoyed the "this is what actually happened" anecdotes of the stars and directors he worked with. As with all biographies, we discover the ups and downs we can all identify with, the pain of making tough choices and living with the consequences of those decisions. This is a fascinating book that reveals much about America and American family values. I enjoyed reading it.
brucescott9 More than 1 year ago
Alton Tabor's words kept me engaged with my own life and its ultimate significance to others.. even when I have self doubt or question the impact I have on others. Alton reveals his life journey in simple down to earth, easy to read story and personal history. Separate from his work and achievements, I am reminded of what is really important, no matter my work and self identity. The simplicity of family stands out, with all the events that take place in that family. Alton reveals, intentionally or un-intentionally, what goes on inside most of us. That is what holds my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alton Tabor's travels down life's highways from the 1930's depression years in Oklahoma and through the years are revealed as chapters of his life are shared in FROM WHENCE I CAME. His life's journey is told with honesty and sincerity as he makes known his determination which accomplished success during his lifetime. Without reservation, I recommend Tabor's book. Florida Sunflower.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Oklahoma to Japan, from Hollywood to Arizona, Alton Tabor's life story is an improbable journey for a boy who began life as a dirt poor farm kid during the Great Depression. Tabor's book traces his life from his birth into a farming family in Oklahoma through his dangerous and maturing experience in the Navy during WWII; he outlines his educational experience at the University of Oklahoma Drama School and then takes us on his journey through Hollywood. Tabor's memories entertain as they inform, showing readers a glimpse of what life was like in the different eras he has lived through. His vivid descriptions and explanations bring the reader back in time to experience a lifetime of joys and sorrows, wonder and excitement. Tabor's tales of his lifetime are a lesson in American history. "I was listening to the radio and the National Nominating Committee broadcast came on and they nominated Wendell Willkie, who was to run for president for the Republican Party," he wrote. "Wendell Willkie was running against the incumbent, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After FDR was elected to a fourth term during the war years, the Constitution was changed to limit presidents to two terms." After leaving the Navy, Tabor headed home to Oklahoma to see his mother, a courageous woman who raised five children on her own in the middle of the Depression. His journey took him through San Francisco, where he enrolled for a brief time at the Holloway School of Drama. Upon leaving San Francisco he entered the University of Oklahoma drama school, where he met his future wife, Patty. In June of 1951, Tabor returned to active duty with the Navy. He was transferred from San Diego to Japan to work on aircraft carriers and was thrilled for the experience. "I cannot say enough about how nice the people of the area were and how well and friendly they treated us," he wrote. "I formed a great admiration for their brightness and quick ability to learn." After returning to the States and being reunited with Patty, Tabor decided to try his hand at acting in Hollywood. He found the task to be daunting. "Neither of us fully realized at that time what monumental changes were happening to and at the major movie studios," he wrote. "They were dismissing all of their contract players, through cleverly written contract clauses, and trying to cut their overhead to the bone. The movie studios as they had operated had become archaic, and would dissolve as they had been in the past." Tabor took any job he could find to make ends meet and to support his growing family, while still going on auditions and interviews for acting parts. His break came in the form of commercials for Maywood-Bell Ford, where he worked part time. His career continued in the form of commercials and small parts on some TV series. In 1960, Tabor decided to leave the acting business and became involved in breeding and racing thoroughbreds. During this time, Patty started drinking; after the birth of their third daughter Tabor filed for divorce and custody of the children. Unfortunately for the family, tragedy struck and Patty was killed in a house fire in 1971. The same year, Tabor had a heart attack. After recovering from both of these events, Tabor went back to work with his thoroughbreds. His family enlarged over the years, making him a very proud father and grandfather. He retired to Arizona and spent some time traveling to such places as England and Australia as well as around the U.S.
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