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About the Author
George Cadogan Gardner McKay was born in Manhattan, New York City. His early years were spent in France, Connecticut and Kentucky. At age fifteen, he published his first story. He attended Cornell University where he edited the humor magazine, wrote a film review column for the paper, and was briefly president of his class. He rowed on their crew. He has been awarded several prizes for his writing:- The Drama Critics Award for playwriting, the Sydney Carrington Prize. He won three National Endowment for the Arts grants for playwriting. Five of his play have been published by Samuel French Publishing Company, Sea Marks, Masters of the Sea, Toyer, Me, In Order of Appearance. McKay’s plays have been, and continue to be, produced in every state in the union and internationally. Sea Marks won the National Regional Theatre Award in Canada. The Drama Critics Circle Award, best play of the year, and has been produced in NYC in many Off-Broadway productions - among them the Players Theatre (“Best Off- Broadway Play, Walter Kerr, New York Times) the Manhattan Theatre Club, and other theatres. Sea Marks has also been broadcast on B.B.C. Radio Theatre, London. McKay’s play Toyer was first staged at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., directed by Tony Richardson. It has also been produced by Michael White at The Redgrave Theatre in England and more recently in London, at The Arts theatre in the West End. McKay’s play Untold Damage (PBS) Written and directed by McKay for PBS, was cited as the best television production by Television Theatre. McKay was Drama critic and Drama editor for the Los Angeles Herald Tribune. During the time he was with the Herald he invented a method of review called the “Triple Review”: Three brief reviews of the same play by three writers. He taught playwriting at U.C.L.A at his Playwriting Roundtable. Later he taught playwriting and screenwriting at University of Southern California, Juneau Alaska, and the University of Hawaii. McKay’s novels include Toyer (a novel, which won critical acclaim upon its release in 1998 and is currently in pre-production for a major motion film). Journey Without a Map(autobiography). The Kinsman, The Last American, 10 Bloomsbury Square, and Trompe L’Oeil. From 1995 - until his death in November 2001, Mr. McKay wrote and recorded stories for his weekly radio show “Stories on the Wind” which aired on Hawaii Public Radio each Sunday night.
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Wow!!!! For those of us who still remember watching "Adventures in Paradise" on tv & Gardner McKay...this book is an awesome treat. Luckily I was 4 yrs. old when the show was on. I used to watch it with my Dad. I can honestly only remember Gardner McKay behind the wheel of the Tiki. He is unforgettable to those of us who loved & love him still. Most definitely the most handsome man...no...the most beautiful man to ever grace our screen. I am soooooo delighted that he wrote this book & we all get to have a deeper look into the man & his life. I think of him as sort of an iceberg. Not in temperature but in size...1/4 above the surface & 3/4
below. I didn't want to put this book down. His stories are so amazing & he writes so well.
Very lovely & poetic. The humor is so much fun. I found myself laughing out loud quite often.
What a great sense of humor. This book is so worth buying & reading if you knew or want to know who Gardner McKay really is.
so worthy to be bought, read & enjoyed whether you are a fan or just want to know who this person is. It is such a heartbreak to us all to have lost him so young. Loved the book & love the man. A great read!!
I found the anecdotes in this book to be raw, poignant, and brutally honest - a rare look at the heart and soul of an extraordinary human being who first influenced my life at the age of 6, when I was in the living room and caught a glance at this handsome and enigmatic "Captain Adam Troy," from the old television series, ADVENTURES IN PARADISE. I can't say what it was that so deeply captured my attention, but suffice it to say, I recognized something in this man that transcended the character entirely.
With that said - Journey Without a Map reads like a stunning narrative of the incredible, and gives the reader insights into what can happen when someone makes the decision to walk away from "civilized" society and take the world by the horns. His recounting of watching the Andrea Doria as she sank is somehow stunning in its simplicity - to realize this intrepid traveler was actually THERE at this moment in history. It's interesting to me as a writer of spiritual books that McKay's approach to life was so casual, yet so filled with those profound moments one may only recognize in hindsight. He writes in one section of the book about his decision to leave the Hollywood scene:
"It was easy. Oh, how I longed to be a has-been.
"And so it went. I was leaving. I didn't know where I was going. It didn't matter, of course. I'd been well underpaid for 'Paradise', but, still, I had some money, enough to float me for a while. The movie offers from 20th Century Fox were generous enough and they were exactly what I didn't want. Stories about fictional men.
"I'm not sure where I got that vain, glorious idea that my life was worth more than a million dollars, but there it was...
"I realized that the only way I'd ever change, would to be CHANGE. That I'd have to snap something in me, nothing else was going to do the snapping. Of course, it might; tragedy's a great snapper of habits. But you can't count on tragedy; it's never there when you want it."
The ultimate joy of this book is impossible to express - the insights and inspirations are a reminder of what is possible when we let go of the programs and embrace Life in all its mystery, mysticism and in all its possibilities. Gardner McKay is a man who achieved what I personally consider to be one of the greatest tasks any human being faces: instead of just going through the motions like a writer putting words down on paper, McKay BECAME the character on a magnificent adventure, the star in the never-ending Journey Without a Map.