You Can't Dream Big Enough: The American Farmer's Friend for over 60 Years

You Can't Dream Big Enough: The American Farmer's Friend for over 60 Years

by Orion Samuelson


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With over 60 years in broadcasting, more than 50 of those at Chicago's WGN, Orion Samuelson has compiled a record of service to the nation's farmers and ranchers that will likely never be surpassed. In his long-awaited memoir, “You Can't Dream Big Enough,” Orion covers the highlights and lowlights of his exciting career, from dinner at the White House to a caviar and vodka banquet in the Kremlin. His agricultural travels took him to 43 countries and he criss-crossed America in his private plane, “Air Orion,” on which he had a near-death experience. Orion tells about a bone disease that left him house-bound for his first two years of high school, and, in the prime of his career, an attack by flesh-eating bacteria that not only nearly left him mute, almost killed him. But he has hardy Norwegian blood coursing through his veins and even at his 50th WGN anniversary in 2012, his reply to “How much longer?” was, “I'm only half done!” Longtime WGN listeners will love reading his memories about such legends as Paul Harvey, Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, Spike O'Dell, and Roy Leonard, to whom Orion will always be grateful for introducing him to Sophia Loren. From hosting the legendary WGN Barn Dance, to reporting the bulletin that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, to tracking the increasingly wild swings of the farm markets, Orion's “biiiiiiiiiiggg voice,” as Paul Harvey uniquely described it, has been a welcome daily visitor in homes across the Midwest. The most honored agriculture journalist in the country, Orion is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame, the National 4-H Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was awarded the State of Illinois' highest honor: the Order of Lincoln. Proud of his Norwegian heritage, but also willing to poke fun at it, Orion enjoys telling Ole and Lena stories, a couple of dozen of which are scattered throughout his book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985067311
Publisher: Bantry Bay Media
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 678,571
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.60(d)

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Bob Stallman

... Orion has always captured the spirit and passion that is characteristic of our farm and ranch families who care for the soil, tend their livestock and keep the heart of rural America beating strongly.
—Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation

Clayton Yeutter

Orion Samuelson came from the humblest of backgrounds to become the heartbeat of American agriculture. He is the finest farm broadcaster of all time.
—Clayton Yeutter, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1989-1991

John Block

... during the inevitable ups and downs of agriculture, through it all, that booming voice has been a steadying, inspiring influence on me and millions of others involved in agriculture.
—John Block, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1981-1986

Ann Veneman

...His life story is well worth reading.
—Ann Veneman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 2001-2005

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You Can't Dream Big Enough: The American Farmer's Friend for over 60 Years 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Eyes-Read-It More than 1 year ago
If You Like Biographies ( And I Do ) I Recommend You Read This Book. It's Always A Great Story To Read About Someone From Humble Beginnings And From That Has What Appears To Have Been A Successful Life.