Coming June 5 from
Atlantic Monthly Press
The Comeback chronicles the life of one of America’s greatest athletes, from his roots in the windswept hills of Nevada's Washoe Valley to the heights of his global fame at the Tour de France. With a swift narrative drive and a fierce attention to detail, Daniel de Visé reveals the dramatic, ultra-competitive inner world of a sport rarely glimpsed up close, and builds a compelling case for LeMond as its great American hero.
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Woody Allen once said 80 percent of success is showing up. Had Art Spelman followed that advice half a century ago, it’s just possible we might be honoring him today as a celebrated alumnus of Mayberry.
Edward Arthur Spelman appeared one day in early 1965 on the Desilu set of The Andy Griffith Show in the midst of its celebrated run. Don Knotts was leaving the program after five marvelous years as Andy Griffith’s deputy and comedy partner, and producers were searching high and low for someone to replace him. Art was a young flamenco guitarist. He was dating a woman who knew someone who knew someone, and he wound up visiting the Andy Griffith studio as an invited guest. It wasn’t long before he met Andy.
Click on this link for my account of the months Art spent as friend, confidant and protégé to Andy Griffith. Many thanks to Classic Movie Hub for hosting the piece!