The Author was determined to refrain from adding to his family's financial problem in the days of
the Great Depression and set about at an early age to find employment wherever it might be. This
entailed hitchhiking and "riding the rods" throughout the Western States in a never ending search
for virtually nonexistent work, and toiling intermittently at a plethora of interesting part time jobs.
Hence the sobriquet: "Jack of All Trades."
He eventually joined the U.S. Army prior to the draft and served over five years throughout World
War II, doing time in the South Pacific during the Guadalcanal Campaign.
He retired as an officer in Military Signal Intelligence, and landed a job in Sacramento's Fire
Department where he spent seven years dodging disasters and surprising the Grim Reaper.
He finally left the Department to pursue a lifetime ambition-and despite all odds succeeded in
becoming a world entertainer, doing over ten years with the Hand Balancing Duo: The O'Dell's,
working TV and Theatres throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and N. Africa,
entertaining no less than four world leaders in the process-featured at one time in the World
Famous "London Palladium" with Rosemary Clooney.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an enthralling, sometimes humorous, tale of Jack's life well lived -- despite his innumerable challenges. Having known this gentlemen for over 40 years, I thought I knew most of his exciting escapades. But this autobiography left me awed at his endless capabilities & experiences. He even makes just growing up sound very adventurous. As one of the soon-to-be lost generation, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel much pride and admiration of those who came before us. (Although detracting, one must overlook the typos the editors failed to correct). Judy