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. http://www.plumfieldandpaideia.com/the-great-brain/When The Great Brain

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 …

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Fitzgeralds 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, …

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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 …

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In Memoriam

Thirty – years ago, yesterday, John D. Fitzgerald left this life. In honor 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 …

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Great Brain Thanksgivings

John never wrote about Fitzgerald Thanksgivings in any of his book series. One can assume nothing exciting happened. I doubt it. In 1905, Papa, Thomas Fitzgerald oversaw the town turkey shoot. Eastern Utah Advocate recorded the following.   A few years later the Advocate printed the results of the 8th grade Thanksgiving Fundraising Ball. (Yes, …

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Dedication to Great Brain Series

A Great Brain Series fan, recently thanked me for my “dedication to the stories”. The compliment thrilled me. It also highlighted something he didn’t know. Hundreds of others are “dedicated to the stories” too. In 2010 a handful of blog followers jumped with me to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GreatBrain/. Year by year our numbers crawled upward. Dedicated …

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