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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

Fitzgerald Thanksgivings

John never wrote about Fitzgerald Thanksgivings in any of his book series. One can assume nothing exciting happened. I doubt it.┬á Price, John's hometown, was fully invested in the holiday. In 1905 a Turkey shoot was planned. Eastern Utah Advocate recorded the following.   A few years later the Advocate printed the results of the 8th grade Thanksgiving Fundraising Ball. (Yes, that is John's oldest sister, Isabelle, highlighted in the... Read More

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, too. In 2010 a handful of blog followers jumped with me to Facebook . Year by year our numbers crawled upward. Dedicated Great Brain Fans added their likes to our page. 580 of us now claim our own corner of the internet. That's dedication. Every month someone new joins are... Read More

Keys To The Past – A Chapter from My Upcoming Book


Hunkered down his fingers feverishly striking the keys John typed. Memories rushed through his mind, his fingers racing to keep time. John Dennis Fitzgerald had a promise to keep. And the ghost of the that promise was at the door collecting.

From the tender age of thirteen he had dreamed of becoming a published author. He didn't count the three... Read More