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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Ken Levine (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615653529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615653525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, and the Seattle Mariners. He is the author of two other books -- WHERE THE HELL AM I? TRIPS I HAVE SURVIVED (a humorous travel book) and IT'S GONE! NO, WAIT A MINUTE (a year broadcasting for the Baltimore Orioles). Ken has won an Emmy, two Writers Guild of America Awards, and has had Humanitas and Peabody recognition. He currently writes a blog byKenLevine.com, that Time magazine has named one of the top 25 blogs in the world. Ken has also co-written a produced musical, THE '60s PROJECT and written a produced play, UPFRONTS AND PERSONAL.

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KEN LEVINE
...is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. Books include: It's Gone...No, Wait a Minute! (Villard 1993) and Where The Hell Am I?: Trips I Have Survived (2011).

In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, Dharma & Greg, and has co-created his own series including Almost Perfect starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature Volunteers starring Tom Hanks. He's the author of the produced play Upfronts & Personal and co-writer of the produced musical The 60s Project.

He writes a popular blog, ByKenLevine.com, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres

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If you grew up in the 60's, you'll love this book.
Dave H.
Levine writes with a slightly caustic wit that suits his recollections beautifully and makes the book very funny.
M. Alan Wheatley
I have actually laughed out loud, a number of times, while reading this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Howard Hoffman on May 28, 2012
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There are plenty of books about the 60's - those half dark, half blindingly colorful years of psychedelia, protests, drugs, free love, the far-out subculture, an awareness of an emerging new world paradigm which...

Oh, brother. Let's get real. As Ken Levine points out, most of us who grew up in the 60's still couldn't get to third base or as far as mom would drive us. We had to navigate our way through malls, hormones, bad driving, bad clothes, bad jobs, bad neighborhoods, TV dance parties and of course - cricket invasions. Even though he grew up in Surf City, USA, Ken now peels back the scab to show us what it was REALLY like to be a teenager in Los Angeles through that overly-romanticized/reviled decade. It was pretty cool, and he did it all without a surfboard or a guitar.

Ken's pre-adult life was remarkably normal, if you don't count little differences like:

- Classmates such as Ann Jillian and Jan Smithers...and Rachel
- Two and a half appearances on The Dating Game
- Going to a radio station-sponsored Love-In
- Kicking Neil Young out of a record store
- Seeing a part of Goldie Hawn before Kurt Russell did
- Kissing rubber chickens at steakhouses
- A fear of Ringo
- Having the wrong epiphany in Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love
- Getting dating advice from Zsa Zsa Gabor and Stooge Moe Howard
- Being among the first seven or eight people to discover Sonny and Cher
- A mom and dad who were much hipper than he was
- Plus about four dozen more hilarious and heartbreaking episodes

One of the great joys of "The ME Generation...by ME" is how Ken uses the events of each year as touchstones to what was going on in his life - as we all do.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bev Fine on July 22, 2012
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I remember Ken from high school. And I knew he had a crush on me. But wow, I didn't realize it was such a crush! And the funny thing is, I would have gone out with him.
He never asked.

I'm delighted with this book. It's full of great memories, whether or not you grew up in LA. And of course it's funny. After all, it's Ken Levine. But it's sweet, too, especially the parts about me. I can't help it; I like those parts the best.

Thanks for sharing your stories with us, and thanks for the memories, Ken.

Bev Fine
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gladys Kohn on July 14, 2012
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I am reading Ken Levine's book and really enjoying his very funny stories about growing up in the 60s in California. He has had the most interesting career as a comedy writer in television. I recommend this book very highly. It is hilarious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gene Renaker on August 14, 2012
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When Ken's grandmother dropped the "F" bomb, I had to pull over to wipe the tears from my eyes. (True story.) I guess what I'm saying is, you really shouldn't listen to this book while driving a vehicle; it's unsafe to laugh this hard at 70 mph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana McKibbon on August 16, 2012
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I usually read murder mysteries and spy thrillers, but THIS is the book that kept me up late turning pages! What an amazing journey back in time, and I laughed until it hurt. Then I laughed some more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlen Peters on August 16, 2012
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Ken and I were born one month apart ... both of us grew up in Southern California ... Ken in the valley, me in the city. But his remembrances were so similar to mine and jogged my memory ... and this book is not just for people who grew up in Southern California. It really is a look at high school and family and dating and music and culture, all done with a humorous touch.
A lot of fun ... put it on your "must" list, start reading and start smiling! You'll thank me for recommending ... and thank Ken for writing! While you're at it, check out his other books ... the man knows how to turn a phrase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave H. on August 15, 2012
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If you grew up in the 60's, you'll love this book. If you grew up in Southern California, you'll love this book. If you grew up anywhere...or are still trying, you'll love this book. Ken Levine's take on navigating the mine field of the teenage years is informative, touching and hysterical. Buy this book! You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Barer on July 22, 2012
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The old saying is "if you remember the 60s, you were not there". In his own entertaining way, Levine presents a much different view of that decade. Ken writes about growing up in the San Fernando Valley, taking us year by year through the decade. Like the shows that he has written for, there are laughs and tenderness. Ken's self-deprecating humor really shows in this book. A fun summer beach read.
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