Chris Cockburn was one of the lucky Americans who grew up in a small town in the Midwest between the end of the Korean War and the assassination of JFK, ten years filled with school, Initiation, football, Homecoming, dances, detention, basketball, tournaments, proms, yearbooks, class rings, class night, and graduation. Time marked by family, funerals, best friends, worst enemies, late nights, first dates, first loves, going steady, break-ups, and moving on. A time of hot cars, car clubs, twenty-five cent gas, radios, deejays, drive-ins, hangouts, movies, hunting, swimming, roller skating, picnics, rumbles, after-school jobs, baseball, and comic books. Small triumphs, helplessness, tragic and comic events, all combined to mold a teenagers life, a life underscored by the rhythm of rock-n-roll. A time when, as the poet said, To be young was very heaven.
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About the Author
Kenneth C. Gardner, Jr., was born in New Rockford, ND, and was raised on the drift prairies in the central part of that state. He has been a teacher for over forty years: at Kenmare (ND) High School in 1966-67 and at Drayton (ND) High School ever since. He and his wife Carol raised three childrenKathy, Kenny, and Jeffand each has gone on to a successful career. He is the author of a non-fiction book, Echoes of Distant School Bells: A History of the Drayton Public School, in two volumes.
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The Song Is Ended... based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
If you grew up in a small town in the US you will likely identify with some of the characters and events that take place during the author’s high school years. Even though the characters are not intended to depict any persons, or real events, as I read these vignettes I felt that I already new most of them. They seemed to have been drawn from relationships with real persons that I know, and that class of 'sixty-two' grew up with and went to school with, including the main character. Some of the characters are likely an amalgam of persons with enhancements of their character and things that they did. The author has written this from his point of view on subjects he experienced and created characters that resemble members of his high school class. Kenny shows compassion on his characters seeming to forgive, some of them for their poor choices. The book will take you back through the “sixty’s” and the music and the growing up pains of the teen years. This collection of stories and the events that happen to Chris and his class mates will leave you feeling like you know them, and it will entertain you. I hope you will enjoy Kenny’s book and will be able to laugh or cry or just nod your head and say “I have been there and done that” as the class lives through the high school years. John