BIOGRAPHY FORTHCOMING

LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE ~ The Terry Hitchcock Biography ~

Synopsis

By

Ronald Joseph Kule

Nothing… not his loving mother who is out of his life more than in; nor his father who kidnaps him when he is six… not the street gang he joins and leaves; nor the empty, abandoned vehicles in dark alleys and underpasses where he sleeps as a pre-teen to get some peace and quiet in his life; not the Vermont small-town values his grandparents instill in him… nor his U.S.A.F training, his rowdy saxophone performances, raucous summer nights in Port Clinton, Ohio, nor degrees from Bowling Green State University; not his run-ins with life-threatening union bosses in Hamtramck, Michigan and Glasgow, Kentucky… nor incidents within his executive suite among the highest of C-level executives with Gulf & Western, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company… NOTHING… prepares Terry Hitchcock for the phone call routed to his office in May of 1982—his wife, Sue Anne, is telling him to come home immediately; she has something to reveal.

Less than two years later, Sue dies of cancer, leaving behind three young children. Within a week, his employer, breaking a promise when Terry returns to work, turns his back on him. Friends, save a few, turn away from his troubles, because his family is incomplete. Well-wishes from others include adamant suggestions that he split up his children and leave them to others who know better how to raise a family. They know he has lived a business life to this point. They suspect he cannot boil water or fry eggs, let alone prepare daily meals, dress and assemble his two boys and one daughter for school, and cart them from music lessons to playing fields day in and day out; bring in income, do homework with them, tuck them in at night and make sure they feel loved every day.

Even he is not sure he can, but he guts it out with unwavering courage and commitment:

“Persistence is the only ability needed to achieve success,” he teaches his kids.

Despite personal doubts that leave many tears on his pillow for solitary fortnights, he fears for his ability to raise his family; at times, questioning his God’s apparent abandonment forced upon him.

Terry keeps his family under one roof. To him, nothing is impossible, which he proves with grit and valor alone from the beginning, eventually leading his family to its assured survival based on love and respect.

When one son suggests he must do a run to help single-parent children everywhere – the real victims who suffer the loss of a parent, he takes up the fight and, with the help of friends and sponsors, runs from St. Paul, Minnesota to Atlanta, Georgia, the distance of 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days, generating international media attention, thousands of supporters from all walks of life and children of all ages, who follow his grueling journey.

On target, he arrives in Atlanta’s Bedford-Pine Park (now Central Park) the week of the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He is greeted by Mayor Campbell and international press units from as far away as Japan. Cheers from children in schools all across America ring out, because their hero, their champion, has completed what he set out to do.

Officials invite Terry to join the Game’s Opening Ceremonies, but he declines. Feeling he has made his point and extremely tired, he returns to his hometown, courtesy of the last-ever flight of Sun Country Airlines, one of his sponsors. Over the next three months, he lies in a hospital, recovering from his fractured ankles and knees as much as his broken mental condition.

Many top athletes experience a doldrums after accomplishing major feats; yet, Terry, self-effacing and bewildered by the way he feels, never considers himself an athlete; instead, simply an ambassador for children, a Pied Piper of kids, especially those from single-parent homes.

Media in some circles call him “the REAL Forrest Gump.” When accomplished producer and director (the late) Tim VandeSteeg meets him and wishes to make a movie about him, he is rebuffed several times. Terry does keynote-speaker engagements, but only because he wants to make a difference for the parents and children in his audiences. A movie that would bring attention to him just doesn’t seem right to him… until his relentless Hollywood suitor explains that he, too, was a single-parent child and that he knows Academy-Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton has told him that Terry’s story “… must be put on film and, by the way, I want to play a part in it – to be the narrator in the documentary – for FREE.”

The documentary film MY RUN wins top awards and audience accolades at 11 of 15 film festivals entered. Terry publishes A Father’s Odyssey, a book that not only reveals his daily journal notes from The Run, but also makes a moving legacy of life lessons for his proud children and for parents and children in 26 countries. Inspired readers attempt the “impossible” in their own lives. Both film and book win the prestigious Dove Award.

Now, a feature film, PUSHING LIFE, is planned for 2019.

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During The Run, a news reporter asked Terry, “What would you say to the President of the United States, if he was here right now?” His thoughtful reply resonated with all who heard him or read his book, as well as interested media from all quarters: “Mr. President, do you believe that children are our future? …”

Someone from the onlooking crowd yelled, “Well, of course they are!”

“… Then, Mr. President, why do we not have a Cabinet-level Secretary of Children to protect and defend our children and their rights, and futures?”

A movement is underfoot today to bring to fruition exactly that. The man who nearly killed himself running in favor of children’s welfare and future, now envisions an office of a Secretary of Children within the President’s cabinet. This quiet, gallant man continues to work toward this dream becoming reality; perhaps, inspiring others to help him.

Anyone wish to bet against Terry Hitchcock’s Ultimate Dream becoming a reality?

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© 2018 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Biography Forthcoming

(27 JANUARY 2018, Clearwater, Florida) Terry Hitchcock, known in some circles as “the REAL Forrest Gump,” is a man who did the impossible: run the distance of 75 marathons in 75 days… after he had a heart attack while in training… after he had found a way to raise three children and juggle a thriving business career single-handed… after his wife died of cancer… and after he’d come to the end of his wits.

This quiet, gentle man believed his grandfather’s words, “Nothing is impossible.”  One result was this book. The news-media attention he garnered for the plight of single parents everywhere was astounding. His run was captured in a documentary film, MY RUN, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, and directed and produced by Tim VandeSteeg. The film won top honors in 11 of the 15 film festivals where it was shown, as well as the coveted Dove Award. Terry’s book, A Father’s Odyssey, became a best-seller in 27 countries, as well as winner of the DOVE Award.

A feature film about Terry, PUSHING LIFE, is slated to release late in 2018, along with Terry’s official, authorized biography now in progress, Living Beyond Impossible.

Learn more about Terry and his amazing life and accomplishments by visiting Terry Hitchcock’s personal web site. Prepare yourself for the forthcoming film and biography book – both could be the feel-good stories of 2018-2019!  BUY and READ Terry’s fascinating book.

© 2018 by Ronald Joseph Kule. Reserved.

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The Dove-Award-winning, best-selling book that chronicles this man’s amzing run from Twin Cities to Atlanta, Georgia in the name of single-parenting, bringing attention to how hard it can be.

Author Ronald Joseph Kule

March 2017“Internationally published author, biographer and ghostwriter of non-fiction and novels” sounds fancy, but I’m simply a professional author with a mission to write entertaining, uplifting stories for reader enjoyment.

People tell me that I write well: “[Kule] creates emotional stories… he paints pictures with his words.” Well, I write what I see in front of me, adding imagination where it will improve the story.

Growing up in a cramped house, competing for personal space among seven brothers and sisters, two parents, at least one good hunting dog (most times), and a score of kids living on our block, I learned how to hold my ground, at times from a perch 30 feet up my favorite tree in the woods behind our house.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, descended from Polish-immigrant coal miner and blue-blooded, Colombian-Chilean parentage, I came to appreciate ethnic values and cultural differences by observing directly the disparate social classes and living conditions of Colombia, Peru, Chile, and 48 contiguous American states and Hawaii.

My heritage paint-brushed a wanderlust onto my life-canvas: I’ve spent time in 35 countries and performed keynote-speaker engagements in 17. I laugh often and can experience a panorama of emotions just for fun, although I prefer to make other people smile, laugh and generally feel happier for having met me, or my written works.

If you curl up with one of my books and find yourself breathless, provoked, inspired, changed and feeling like you just undertook an important journey, which left you more than satisfied, my job as the author will have been a success.

Currently, home is Clearwater, Florida, but my passport yearns for more nation-stamps, and my bags can be packed on a moment’s notice!

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“As good as his work is, behind Ron Kule’s prodigious work-ethic lies a heart that beats for others to whom he can give service, expecting in return only the time-honored values of honesty, tolerance, and demonstrated competence. His keen insights into what motivates and inspires people to want to do better has made a difference in my life. Not one to rest on his laurels, he would rather effect positive changes in those close to him, and the world, no matter the personal consequences. These qualities tell us that here is a man of intense personal integrity.”

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  • Ronald Joseph Kule is an internationally published author of non-fiction and fiction books, also a ghostwriter for numerous clients. For details contact: KuleBooksLLC@gmail.com
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How To Write A Biography

How To Get Started:

First, the Idea

I had come to the conclusion that no one else was going to write about the life of Friedemann Paul Erhardt (a.k.a culinary icon CHEF TELL) and that I better do something about  that. After all, he had been my brother-in-law.

I was not sure that writing his life-story was a worthy endeavor — family and friends were in opposite camps about the man: some loved him, others hated him. I just wanted to research the facts and decide for myself.

In December of 2011, one of my sisters, Bunny Erhardt, widowed since Chef had passed away in 2007, granted my request for access to her friends and acquaintances. She gave me permission to write the first Chef Tell biography.

Embarked on my quest to discover whether this man was worthy of my time or not, I developed a three-part outline loosely fitted to the early, middle and later years of his lifetime.  As the work progressed, data gathered on my desk and on sheets of papers surrounding my desk, fitted into corresponding sections of that outline. Eventually, a timeline list of major events in Tell’s life took shape and became the backbone to my body of work.

As people’s names popped up, I jotted these down, notching a mark each time the same name appeared more than once. The resultant list directed me to individuals who would become subjects of interviews that, I hoped, would provide personal anecdotes, as well as qualify the data, which, by now, were adding up to conflicting accounts.

Fact and fiction overlapped more than a few times. These were not proverbial “truth is stranger than fiction” mishaps; either the subject of my book had lied to the press, or journalists had researched poorly their magazine and newsprint articles, or not at all. Sifting actual facts from a widespread panoply of published falsehoods circulated among articles, media interviews, and the chef himself, became the hardest part of the task!

My Virgin Interview

My first in-person interview was in the Philadelphia administrative office of Chef Georges Perrier, a contemporary of Chef Tell and one of the Top Five, premier French chefs in America. Perrier had agreed to 15 minutes only — not much time to request more than a simple, “Tell me, chef, what was important about Chef Tell?” If any more time would pass, I would wing it by following my instincts.

I had never conducted a live interview with anyone before. Working in international marketing sales (to support my writing aspirations) I had met and sold products and services to many top business executives in the financial and healthcare industries for over 18 years, but this would be my first live interview as an “Author.”

The questions I asked were never a part of my notes, and Perrier was a wonderful interview. He waxed on about his friendship with Tell as I wrote highlights on my pad of paper. My small recorder captured the actual phrases and nuanced details for later playback. I prodded infrequently and only to let Perrier loose. In the end, more than an hour had passed us by. We hugged, perhaps with a hint of tears in our eyes, because Perrier had not known that Janet Louise Nicoletti, Tell’s fiancee when the two chefs first met, had overdosed and died years earlier. Perrier’s summation of the woman said it all succinctly,
“Mon dieu, I did not know this. I knew this woman; she was simply tall, bright and beautiful.”

Later, having shelled out a twenty-dollar bill to retrieve my rented car from the union-run, Philly parking garage, I made a mental note to bring enough change to feed the street meters at future interview meetings. That evening I rewarded myself with an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich for making it through what I thought would be the worst of my gauntlet of interviews for this book.

Now I was proud that I had struck out on this course. Perrier, a man at the top of his profession — the same as Chef Tell — had confided to me two significant morsels:
Chef Tell was a giant of a man. I miss him. I loved him,” and “You know, maybe I’ll have you write my biography, because I like you. But, of course, it would be a very naughty book!”
(Perrier’s remark, though it made us both laugh, had served to break the ice between us early on and opened a more intimate repartee; it also gave me a reason to respond with,
“Georges, perhaps you should wait until you read my book; you may not think I can write well.”)

Each subsequent interview, each fork in the road, each turn, hill and valley on the path I took to find new information about whether I would love or hate the man who had been Chef Tell,moved me inexorably toward its own conclusion.

http://bit.ly/ChefsBiographyThe detailed story, sprinkled among never-before-released photos and Chef Tell recipes, is recorded in CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, the 452-page book published by Skyhorse Publishing (NYC) and available online and in bookstores in hardback, eBook and AudioBook formats. Forewords are by Emmy-winning TV hosts Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib.
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 “WOW is a great start! This is a wonderful account of one man’s voyage and how in so many ways every reader will connect with something.  It is engaging, and takes you through all the emotions of life, leaving you to decide what is next for you, and how you will make the most of your today – it’s a testament of the human spirit.”—Tracy Repchuk, #1 Amazon.com Best Selling Author and Top Woman Speaker in the World Online Business Strategy

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Ronald Joseph Kule is an internationally published author/biographer/ghostwriter who writes non-fiction and fiction across several genres. Readers consider his work as five-star quality. Contact the author by emailing to KuleBooksLLC@gmail.com.