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5.0 out of 5 stars RICK SHAQ GOLDSTEIN SAYS "PETER JENNINGS WANTED HIM TO "ROUND OUT THE ROUGH EDGES", BILL SAID NO THANKS I WANT TO KEEP THE EDGES, September 24, 2008
This review is from: A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity (Hardcover)
Readers who are expecting a "blistering" sermon on Bill's political beliefs will be disappointed. But readers who enjoy a wonderfully nostalgic coming of age memoir with insights to a worldwide broadcasting icon's upbringing that ranges from catholic school to high school to college and the great beyond... will be enormously rewarded with this literary treasure. If you are a "BABY-BOOMER" you will be constantly exhilarated and your thoughts will go back to your early years as you are taken back in a historical time machine to the TV programs and rock and roll songs of your youth, with Bill as your contemporary tour guide. Heavily sprinkled throughout his life story, at just the right moments, are TV programs such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Mr. Ed", "Leave It To Beaver, "The Donna Reed Show", "The Mickey Mouse Club", "Ozzie and Harriet", "Happy Days", and more. Interspersed to make a point are lyrics and song titles from such classic rock and roll performers as Elvis, Sam Cooke, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, The Standells, and others. I feel it's important to mention this, as I feel a large core of potential readers, will be "touched" by the romantic humanity that Bill displays in sharing his life with you... which among other things included teaching high school for two years in Florida.

The author does not flinch from his central belief system which is: "IF THERE IS ONLY ONE THING THAT YOU TAKE FROM THIS BOOK, LET IT BE THIS: DESIGN YOUR OWN LIFE. NEVER GIVE UP TRYING TO MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN. GET BACK UP WHEN YOU GET SLAPPED DOWN, AND DON'T WASTE TIME BUYING INTO IDEOLOGICAL NONSENSE. EXPECT - AND ACCEPT - NOTHING FROM ANYONE ELSE DO IT YOURSELF."

Being that I am the same age as Bill... and from the exact same part of the country as Bill... it's amazing how the main mantra's he built his life around are the same as mine. The following quote is from Bill... but it is exactly the way I was raised by my Father... and the exact way I raised my son... so even though it was in Bill's book... I will take credit for it also (you can verify it with my son) "IF YOU EARN IT, IT'LL MEAN A LOT MORE THAN IF IT'S GIVEN TO YOU. TAKING STUFF MAKES YOU WEAKER. EARNING STUFF MAKES YOU STRONGER." *AMEN!*

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the book is Bill's time spent at St. Brigid's parochial school where he and his "EVIL-TWIN" Clement made the Nun's life a living hell... and Clement always believed in payback... even during the schools Rip Van Winkle play. (Even Bill refused to participate in his pal Clement's dastardly plan.) The author shares some of the punishments at his elementary school: TALKING OUT OF TURN - SLAP ON THE HAND WITH A RULER. TALKING BACK TO THE SISTER - SLAP IN THE FACE, OFTEN HARD. BEING A WISE GUY IN GENERAL - NOTE HOME TO PARENTS, WHICH HAD TO BE SIGNED AND BROUGHT BACK TO NUN. (THIS USUALLY LED TO DOMESTIC PUNISHMENT.) SLOPPY APPEARANCE OR WORK - AFTER SCHOOL DETAINMENT.

Bill is very proud of the fact that he never did any drugs and has never been intoxicated. He is very proud of his religion and his belief's, but will never push it on anyone... nor discuss it on his show unless he is led there. He is very proud of America and when he went to England for a time in college he was so tired of all the anti-American comments and being constantly mocked because of his "NEW YAWK ACCENT" that he finally said: "HEY BUD, YOU'D HAVE A GERMAN ACCENT IF IT WASN'T FOR MY FATHER AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER NEW YORKERS LIKE HIM. SO "BLANK" YOU, FISH AND CHIPS AND THE BEATLES. GET ME?"

The author has covered wars in El Salvador, the Falkland Islands war in Argentina, Northern Ireland at the height of the trouble, the Golan Heights, and the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan... yet the event that made him "KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT JOURNALISM WOULD BE MY PROFESSION"... was when he covered the forced integration of South Boston in 1974.

Having grown up in a working class neighborhood Bill has never forgotten his roots. To this day he fights for the underdog and perhaps a good summary of his life goal is the following quote:

"WHEN IT IS ALL OVER, WHEN YOU ARE DEAD IN THE GROUND OR IN AN URN, YOUR LEGACY WILL BE DEFINED BY TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS: HOW MANY WRONGS DID YOU RIGHT, AND HOW MANY PEOPLE DID YOU HELP WHEN THEY NEEDED IT?"
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2008 7:25:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2008 7:26:34 PM PDT
Hey, Rick!
Just ordered the book, but your review makes me even more eager to read it! Like you, and many of our "baby boomer" generation, much of my core values and beliefs were instilled NOT because of the newer "building self esteem" angle (popular in todays educational milieu, which, in my humble opinion has had deleterious effects on our culture) but because we were taught the basics, and were disciplined, challenged, and CORRECTED when we behaved badly. Much of this corporal "guidance" came from the nuns who taught me in Catholic school.
Kudos for a really helpful review!
Best, Diane

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 3:23:41 PM PDT
T. Lucius says:
i wanted insight on his sexual harassment and disgusting comments he made to that woman...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 3:34:50 PM PDT
Ah, yes, nuns--daughters of the Inquisition, the Crusades, and anti-Semitism. Cheers.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 11:35:28 AM PDT
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nadine says:
Hey, remember Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne - at least O'Reilly never caused the drowning death of a woman and then delayed reporting it for eight hours while he went back to his hotel, cleaned up, and then discussed his political options with his buddies. Forty-two yr old dem icon (and noted 'Camelot' resident) JFK "entertained" a 19-yr-old girl on Air Force One. Bill Clintoon embarrassed the entire nation and left stains all over the Oval Office. Dem Barney Frank's homosexual live-in lover ran a male prostitution business out of Frank's DC home. Dem rep Mel Reynolds solicited a couple sixteen yr old girls. Dem rep Gerry Studds relieved his anxiety with a young male White House page. Go ahead, Google them and other dems (Cynthia McKinney, William Jefferson anyone?) for malfeasance and just plain bad behavior in office. There are some Repubs who are guilty of this stuff, but Repubs usually run off their miscreants (Dubya Bush notwithstanding). Dems reelect and reward theirs. And of course the dem list of offenders is larger by far because moral tenets are not exactly a hallmark of the Democrat party. Bottom line: these risky characters are heading up our fed. govt. And you're worried about OReilly?????

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J. Henderson says:
It's funny how losers like Lucious can't wait to post some insults about O'Reilly. You creeps need to get a life

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2008 12:08:57 PM PST
I would appreciate it if some future commenters might write a few words if they enjoyed my review... if it affected any emotions, etc.
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