LETTER: Tell City man plans book of poetry, prose

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I now have a contract with Author House, Bloomington, to publish my book of poetry and prose this year.

The complete title is “The Way We Were; Poetry and Prose as Time Goes By, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Today.” History and poetry always relates to precedent in one way or another.

“The Way We Were” was a 1973 movie starring Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford. In the movie they are two desperate people having a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drove them apart. He plays the role of a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant Republican and she is a 1970s type woman activist, liberal and progressive. “As Time Goes By” comes from a British sitcom that aired on the BBC 1992-2005 starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. In the sitcom, he was Lionel and she was Jean. It is about middle-aged lovers who have adult children and their aged parents. My poetry covers all the issues in Streisand, Redford, Dench and Palmer and much more.

Many of the issues in modern romance movies are covered in one way or another. “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012) is about a pair of young lovers who flee their New England town to find love. “Rock of Ages” (2012) is about a small-town girl and a city boy who meet on Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. In “The Notebook” (2004) a poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and he gives her a real sense of freedom, however, they are soon separated by their social differences. In “This Mean War” (2012) two top C.I.A. operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

“Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011) is about a middle-aged man who gets a divorce and goes bar hopping hitting on women who know their bar culture stuff. The readers of my poetry many also find reference to someone like Charlie Sheen, also known as Charlie Harper, from the sitcom “Two and One Half Men.” There are also references to Woodstock and pop culture galore. This summary should give the reader an idea about romance college campus style. There are 400 poems all written since 1990.

Here is a brief list of all the colleges I have attended. I was never dismissed from any college. I set out to study institutions in this country including colleges and universities.

I focused on psychological, sociological, historical, economic, religious and political determinants.

I am sure one cannot sit in one place such as a monastery and taking vows to one point of view and gain a liberal education. A very well educated person has traveled both physically and intellectually and spiritually in my view.

Here is a list of my colleges and universities. Southern Christian College, Winchester, Ky., 1958-59. It is now out of business as it should be. Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C., summer 1959. The sooner it goes out of business the better. Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, La., 1960-64. It was very much a part of the old South but an excellent library with all the books written at Harvard in the social sciences so I finished in the top 12 percent nationally.

I had surpassed my professor in U.S. history and sociology. Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas, summer 1963. My professor Roberts and Thomas were from the University of Chicago. San Diego State University, master’s degree, 1965-66. My first national level university. University of Kentucky, 1966-68, teaching fellow, Morehead State University, administrator 1968-74 and lobbyist for Great Society Programs in Appalachia. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, part time 1973.

Columbia University, New York City, summer 1972, major in the management of change. Indiana University, Bloomington, doctorate 1974-75. Topic politics and lobbying in Indiana. Florida A and M University, post doctorate license as a psychological specialist, Florida Department of Corrections 1990-91.

In addition to my many enrollments I was a U.S. Office of Education lobbyist. I visited many campuses to review funding grants and their performance. I covered about 50 colleges between 1968-74 from Harvard and the University of New Hampshire to U.S.C. and U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles.

In 1975 I coordinated 15 educational leadership seminars for Phi Delta Kappa International, setting the stage for our American bicentennial celebration and covertly preparing the way for Ronald Reagan’s presidential run in 1979-80.

I can assure the readers they will find something to parallel their own course and tendencies but like all good education I hope the reader will be renewed with new experiences delineated.

The book “The Way We Were; Poetry and Proses As Time Goes By The 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Today” is 8 1.5 by 11, 360 pages in colorful paperback and e-book. It includes 50 pictures and illustrations.

I need to raise another $750 to complete the contract with the publisher, Author House of Bloomington.

For $50 an individual or business may sponsor this first for Perry County and have their name or business listed near the table of contents and receive a signed, numbered copy about November 2012, an excellent Christmas gift idea.

For more information call me at (812) 661-6630.

My 2011 book “Civil War Veterans of Perry County, Indiana 1861-65” is still available for $18.99 which is $12 cheaper than book stores if ordered directly from the publisher www.authorhouse. com or by phone at (888) 728-8467.

My next book title is “Action vs. Reaction” scheduled for 2014. It is based on a hit Oriental philosophy that every action is met with reaction.

So, why act at all?