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Tom Scoops Papa’s Newspaper – My Favorite Chapter

Tom Scoops Papa's Newspaper Over at The Great Brain Reading Group Facebook page, we just finished my all time favorite chapter. Ever since I first heard it as a kid it spoke to me. I am still tugged by T.D.'s desire to be seen as a grown up. The enthusiasm of proving his value. Not to mention the work to achieve the dream. And of course the multiple impending results. Laying on my couch, reading it again, I... Read More

Great Brain Reading Group

  I've started a Great Brain Reading Group on Facebook. We began last week. You are welcome to join us. We will follow the series through all 8 books. Giving us a total of 66 chapters to cover. This week we are reading chapter 2 of The Great Brain. Entitled "Revenge Can Be Sour". On Wednesday I post a new question. Grab your book(s). Read. Discuss. Do you prefer the website... Read More

A Great Brain Book Review

One of our Facebook friends, Adam Ellis, found this amazing review of The Great Brain Series. Her thoughts are definitely worth a read. After taking a gander I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Dance Inspirations for Adenville

Adenville Dance Inspirations We Fitzgerald fans will never get to read the notes John wrote before he created his two beloved series. The best we can do is piece things together from the scraps available. Today we look at Town Dances. Though never apart of The Great Brain Series, dances were integral to Papa Married a Mormon.  [caption id="attachment_312" align="alignright" width="300"] Papa and Mama[/caption] Comparison's Ahead - Enjoy. Courtships Adenville, in it's infancy held regular dances... Read More

Fitzgerald’s and the Catholic Church

John D. wrote, "Sunday morning we all went to the Community Church. There were only two churches in Adenville, the Mormon Tabernacle and the Community Church. All the Catholics and Protestants in town went to the Community Church. Once in a while a Catholic missionary priest came to Adenville to baptize Catholic babies, marry Catholics, and hold Confessions and Mass in the Community Church" (pg. 71 The Great Brain) Other than the naming of the town,... Read More

Boxing and the Fitzgerald Boys

Boxing was a part of Fitzgerald boy's lives In book . . . John D. Fitzgerald welcomes us into his Great Brain world stating, "Mormons and non-Mormons had learned to live together with some degree of tolerance and understanding."  For the adults maybe. For kids though? J.D. had sound answer, "Sweyn, my brother Tom, and myself . . . taught them (Mormon kids) tolerance. It was just a question of learning how to fight good enough for Sweyn to... Read More

Great Brain Audiobooks – Where Have They Gone?

Where have all the Great Brain audio books gone?  That very question greeted me this morning on Great Brain Series Facebook. The First Wave Audio - They hired Morgan White, voice actor, character actor, and radio DJ to vocalize the narrator, J. D. Fitzgerald. White's porch rocking mid-western drawl swept listeners to days by gone. Long before automobiles, telephones, and fast food. Hours slipped away under his soothing spell. No... Read More

In Memoriam

Thirty - years ago, yesterday, John D. Fitzgerald left this life. In memoriam of this anniversary, here is a brief overview of his incredible life John left this world on May 21, 1988. He was a man of many interests. Though writing topped the list from a young age, he also loved music, politics, and travel. He traveled all over the world with United Foreign Press. Serving as a foreign feature editor in Europe, Africa, Asia... Read More