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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Though Andy Griffith and Don Knotts were creatures of Hollywood, best remembered as stars of The Andy Griffith Show, both men spent their formative years in New York. Don first journeyed there in 1942, right out of high school, in a failed bid to establish himself as a Vaudeville performer. Andy turned up eleven years later, in 1953, on the heels of his first big hit with the comedy record “What it Was, Was Football.” Surprisingly, both men bombed, meeting with rejection and indifferent audiences in Manhattan theaters and clubs. Luckily for us, they kept at it. Andy retreated back South to polish his act in regional nightclubs, then returned to take Manhattan by storm as the star of the 1955 play No Time for Sergeants. Don decamped to West Virginia, went to college and served in the Army before returning to New York in 1949 to launch his career as a radio actor. Six years later, he won his own small part in No Time for Sergeants, and soon he and Andy were friends.
Here is my latest post for Classic Movie Hub: A list of 13 iconic addresses that figure prominently in Andy’s and Don’s careers. I assembled this virtual tour for an upcoming visit to the 92nd Street Y at noon on Monday, February 29. If you happen to live in New York, click here for details.