Terry Hitchcock Biography Forthcoming

(27 August 2017, Clearwater, Florida) Terry Hitchcock is known in some circles as “the REAL Forrest Gump.” Among readers in 27 countries he is known as that man who did the impossible: run 75 marathons in 75 days… after he had a heart attack while in training… after he had found a way to raise three children while juggling a business career single-handedly 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 of the results was this run and the news-media attention he garnered for the plight of single parents everywhere; it was also a documentary film, MY RUN, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, that won top honors in 11 of the 15 film festivals where it was shown, as well as the coveted Dove Award.

Because a feature film, PUSHING LIFE, about Terry is coming next year, Terry’s official, authorized biography is in progress and will be published to coordinate with the film’s release. The working title of the book is Terry Hitchcock’s Improbable Journey (a working title subject to change).

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

http://terryhitchcock.wixsite.com/personalsite

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.

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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.

David Carus Is Giving Away Presents on His Birthday Today!

Historic Philadelphia Tavern Almost Goes Up in Smoke!

Chef Walter Staib* operates CITY TAVERN RESTAURANT in the heart of Philly. Our forefathers dined there as they worked through the difficult tasks of freeing our nation and writing our Constitution. Last week there was a fire:

http://www.citytavern.com/

Crews working around the clock to reopen City Tavern
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Philadelphia, PA – Damage caused by an early Friday morning fire at City Tavern was originally thought to be small. The damage though, proved to be more extensive to the exhaust systems and electrical systems within the restaurant. Although there was no fire damage to the building, which is part of Independence National Historical Park, the smoke and heat caused a great deal of damage to the wiring and exhaust systems.

The restaurant closed, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, and remains closed to the public until proper repairs are made to the electrical systems and the kitchen ventilation systems. The exterior fire started around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning when an outdoor bin of linens caught fire. The fire department responded and put the fire out within an hour, minimizing damage.

Crews are working around the clock to reopen City Tavern as soon as possible. Proprietor Chef Walter Staib hopes the restaurant will be ready to open as early as Thursday, Oct. 23. As soon as it is safe and operational to open, Chef Staib will notify press and guests.

Meanwhile, Staib thanks his staff and all the workers making it possible to clean the building and reopen it within days.
He apologizes for any inconvenience. Proprietor Chef Walter Staib is grateful to his entire staff and guests. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident and the restaurant will reopen.

For future reservations, visit
www.citytavern.com

(*Chef Staib is a four-time Emmy winning TV host of the PBS TV show, A Taste of History. He also wrote a foreword for my book, CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, published by Skyhorse Publishing, NYC.)

Interview with Author Ronald Joseph Kule

About the Author

RJKHeadshot10Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I was born in Colombia, which gives me a definite sense of sangre with other Colombians. However, most of my childhood was spent in New Jersey and Pennsylvania – American father, Colombian mother. My heritage affected my writing more than locales. As early as seven years of age, I was aware of my desire to write. I also believe that we live many lifetimes, so I feel there are deeper reasons and events in my past that continue to affect my passion today.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

The plain fact is that writing a book is not like baking a cake. It’s hard work, at times mind-numbing work; work which taxes my eyes, mind, typing fingers and bottom! What I’m getting at is this: if I’m going to spend 8-10 months, or longer, banging out a work that I feel is worthy and might change a few lives for the better, or at least entertain, I might as well ensure that I have the best possible chance at getting paid enough for my work so I can keep doing it. That’s where indie publishing makes sense, because I’m going to see some exposure, have a decent return for my efforts, and get this gratification within a few days after I complete my work.

How has indie-publishing contributed to your success?

It exposes my titles on channels beyond my usual reach, which gives me at least a shot at people discovering my work and then liking it. It is easy to get formatted and up online quickly.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Playing with words. I mean, c’mon, these symbols that we call “words,” are my playthings! Other kids have their sandboxes, shovels and pails… I have WORDS, PHRASES, SENTENCES, GRAMMAR, PARAGRAPHS, CHAPTERS and GENRES!

What do your fans mean to you?

Well, do I have fans? I’m still learning about them. My readers are the other end of my communication line. I know that without them I would have no purpose in writing, and I don’t just mean “fans,” but all of my readers. Ultimately, it’s not up to me to determine their estimation of my work, but I hope to entertain, provoke, change and, ultimately, please them.

What are you working on next?

Adding two more books to my “LISTEN MORE SELL MORE” sales-training series, and then starting more biographies, including the story of an Oscar-nominated, Brit Award-winning jazz musician and film composer; another about a famed chef, and then completing one about a self-made network-marketing millionaire. Plus, some fiction projects are in progress.

Who are your favorite authors?

No question that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is first in my heart, because we are both from Colombia. His work is exquisite to read aloud, his imagination so fertile. Next is Ernest Hemingway for his control; and then L. Ron Hubbard for pacing — both are master story-tellers. Certainly, Pat Conroy warrants my interest for those passages where he just waxes eloquent beyond measure.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

The chance to write something better for my readers than what I wrote the day before.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

When I’m not writing, I’m not all here. Is there, really, ever a time when I’m not writing?
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Books by the author Ronald Joseph Kule may be found on his website page: http://ronkulebooks.com/

South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball History Book

Against the context of our nation’s and South Carolina’s struggles to attain assured freedoms of equality and choice co-authors J David Miller and Ronald Joseph Kule chronicle the rise of one of college baseball’s best-known programs, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

cover 2Beginning with a brief history of the game of baseball itself, the narrative picks up the “Fighting Gamecocks” baseball program at its austere beginning in 1892. It then rumbles through a briar patch made without uniforms or gloves and no set number of players on the field — then a square field, not a diamond. What followed for decades was a musical-chairs switching of several part-time coaches, including more than one football coach wearing two hats!

When award-winning football coach (the late) Paul Dietzel, acting as Athletics Director, makes the crucial decision to bring in the retiring Hall of Fame Yankee Bobby Richardson as the university’s first full-time baseball coach — albeit without his having any previous coaching experience — he sends a signal flare of commitment to excellence over a campus without such a tradition. The result is  a long string of winning seasons. 

The String Continues…

Richardson moves on after seven seasons, but then his groomed protege, June Raines, takes over and nearly wins the coveted baseball national championship that his mentor sought in his time at the helm. Raines moves over for a newly acquired, North Carolina native, Ray Tanner, who eventually does lead the Gamecocks to back-to-back NCAA College Baseball World Series championships in 2010 and 2011.

The book’s progression from the early days of ignominy through the growing pains and turnstile rotations of personnel and players, as well as their struggles, hopes, and dreams — some fulfilled and some dashed forever, plays out its lines with meticulously researched and magnificent text. Full-color action photos add to the tale of this timeless story.

A Book for All Ages…

Miller and Kule designed their book for both older and younger generations of past and up and coming baseball fans who love the game at any level. In their work we find that the lessons of baseball as played by the Gamecocks, turn out to be the life lessons that help everyone face each day on and off their own playing fields, making Pressure Makes Diamonds a Timeless Tale of America’s Greatest Pastime a to-be-cherished asset suitable not only for Gamecock Nation bookshelves, but also those of sports fans dedicated to any other school.

NOTE WELL: The eBook edition is available through Amazon.com. The hard-copy, real baseball leather-covered, Limited-Edition version, entitled Carolina Baseball: Pressure Makes Diamonds, may be purchased through The Ray Tanner Foundation. These books are numbered and are only available until supplies run out.

Miracle League™ Ballparks…

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Ask the authors about volume-purchase prices for the Limited Edition version. All purchases of either the eBook or Limited Editions contribute to the funding and building of a Miracle League ballpark in Columbia, South Carolina. Miracle League fields permit children with physical challenges to play baseball for the first time and the rest of their lives. Contact the authors by email through KuleBooksLLC@gmail.com by writing “Miracle League” in the subject line.

© 2014 KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Master Chef Recipes to Cook at Home – Biography eBook and DVD offer

Each Christmas season, like most chefs, Chef Tell worked his a** off. However, after the holiday was done, every year, he went out and bought all of the newest cookbooks in bookstores and online… and proceeded to study them to stay up with the latest technologies and trends. Additionally, he studied culinary reference books from libraries to sharpen his skills constantly. Thus, Chef Tell became an “overnight success” in America: the most popular TV chef of his time with a fan base of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers — about eight times larger than Julia Child’s. According to TV host Regis Philbin, “Chef Tell started all this television madness about chefs.” Iron Chef Cat Cora wrote, “Chef Tell was a man of great humor and incredible skills in the kitchen. He brought wonderful food to the table as well as love and laughter. The author did an impeccable job bringing to life Chef’s humor and passion for food.” The Philadelphia Inquirer  food writer, Elaine Tait, wrote, “Chef Tell is America’s Paul Bocuse, and the only TV chef whose food always tastes good.” To know more about this German-American iconic personality, and his fascinating life story of overcoming one obstacle after another, go to any online site and pick up a copy of his biography in either hard copy, eBook or audiobook format. Here are some links for those: http://bit.ly/168KfX8 for the audiobook http://bit.ly/156n6oQ for Barnes & Noble hard copies http://amzn.to/15MSoAV for amazon eBook CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef by Ronald Joseph Kule, forewords by Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib, is 452 pages with 70 photos and seven NEW recipes, and contains a DVD offer for home cooks to watch Chef Tell teach cooking different cuisine dishes right on your TV, computer or media player. FOR AUTHOR-SIGNED COPIES OF THE HARD-COPY BOOK go to the author’s website.

© 2013 by KuleBooks LLC and Ronald Joseph Kule. All Rights Reserved.