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Hello, It's Me: Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie Paperback – July 1, 2010
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Seth Swirsky is an American pop music songwriter, author, recording artist and noted baseball memorabilia collector. He is the author of Baseball Letters: A Fan’s Correspondence with His Heroes and Every Pitcher Tells a Story: Letters Gathered by a Devoted Fan. He is also completing a unique documentary of the Beatles, A Year in the Life, which consists of interviews with people who have a story about themselves and the Beatles.
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In this book "Hello It's me", you will experience his relatable stories told with his contagious enthusiasm for each of his run-ins and relationships with movie stars (Jack Haley-The Tin Man, Jack Klugman, Sally Struthers, Dan Ackroyd, John Astin), comedians (Jack Riley-from Newhart, Milton Berle, Jay Leno, Jerry Lewis & Herman Muenster), rock and roll stars famous (Rod Stewart, Benny Mardones, KISS, the Grateful Dead) (and some lesser famous), journalists (great story about Charles Kuralt), writers, playwrights and athletes (Michael Jordan and Manute). As you read the experiences, you discover his value, appreciation or otherwise about the person. My favorite stories are about his close friendships with the famous and his beloved dog Bunter.
Who is Chris Epting? Chris is my favorite author, successful author of 18 books, local historian, radio & television journalist and columnist. Why is Chris my favorite author? Because he is one of the greatest, enthusiastic and heart tugging storytellers I have had the privilege to meet and know. Moving to So Cal 7 years ago, I was like a dry sponge thirsting for interesting knowledge & history of my surroundings...In less than this year from October 2009 to now August 2010, Chris's true life stories continue to quench my thirst and keep me wanting more. One of the great rewards for me, while reading this book, was hearing Chris' innermost thoughts on matters. Once you read one of his books or hear him speak, you will be become a loyal follower and want more knowledge from him too.
This book takes a slight departure from his usual formula and delves into his own personal experiences getting into celebrities faces. I totally loved this as it gave me an odd thrill....I would never have the nerve to do that when I was a kid(or an adult for that matter), but I sure would have liked to.
Whether hanging out with Sally Struthers (Archie Bunker's daughter) and rocker Lou Gramm, hitting up Jack Haley for WIZARD OF OZ info at Sardi's, hounding a Rolling Stone's rental home, or corresponding with author John Cheever, Epting seems about as entrenched in pop culture as any person can get.
What I found easy to relate to was the trip back down memory lane. It brought back a lot of memories and also spurred on my continued interest in pop culture. If you ever read any of the 'Whatever Became of' series by Richard Lamparski you'll probably like this book. It is typical of Epting's previous books which were funny, informative, and well-written.
We are witness to the power of a young man's zeal for knowledge and insight, but also to his sense mischief, chutzpah and fun, which would lead us to think of him as one of the Bowery Boys. The magic of Mr. Epting's innately charming personality, fueled by parental encouragement brings once-in-a-lifetime encounters literally to his doorstep.
I know there is something for everyone in this memoir and it is so jam-packed with stories that I'm ready to start reading it once more. Can't even bring myself to repeat anything in the book. You have to go on the journey just as I did. Amazing!!!
Chris has the same sense of telling stories of our pop culture as our parents did back then, but his stories have direct ties to our own pop culture history, with lots of famous people we all can appreciate and love just as much as he does.
Add to that some time travel items like 45's and what we wore back then (ugh!) and you can just immerse yourself into his stories, relishing the nostalgia which won't be cobwebbed in the mind anymore but instead thankfully preserved in this book forever and ever. Open it up and you can reflect again and again on the past--to your heart's content!