The Perennial Freshman

The Perennial Freshman

by George Whiteman

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Poor little two-year-old Georgie. Born to parents unfit to raise gerbils, he’s dumped on his loving nana while the sperm and egg donors gallivant around the country, then snatch him up again when he’s nine and drag him across all forty-eight states.

When Japan bombs Pearl Harbor and everything is rationed, his folks are on the verge of divorce--or double-homicide.

They abandon him once again with more - or less - willing relatives in the hedonistic center of the cosmos: Hollywood.

There, amidst every form of vice and device, he struggles to claim an identity that has not already been taken. He trudges through dirt-poor puberty into a despotic adulthood, living in a succession of storage rooms, cellars and shacks, with a seedy cast of characters befitting any B-movie classic.

Eager to escape his squalid past, George answers the call to defend The American Way. Two years as a military conscript get him used to 'three hots and a cot' - his first experience eating abundant if unidentifiable food, and sleeping on real sheets - and awaken in him an overwhelming drive to make something of his life.

THE PERENNIAL FRESHMAN is the first part of a three-part, ever-so-slightly skewed autobiography. Readers of all generations will love it for its humor, pathos and vivid reminders of times gone by. A stunning coming-of-age memoir.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013961722
Publisher: Shelfstealers
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Series: The Jester's Court , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

In the 60s and 70s, cloaked in the guise of a famous Hollywood photographer, George S. Whiteman photographed and designed album covers for stars (Sammy Davis, Jr., Don McLean, The Beatles, The Mamas and the Papas, to mention but a few.) He got bored and diversified . . . into "acting, drinking, real estate development, drugs, wrecking lives (his own included) making people laugh and cry (himself included), and proving the axiom, ‘too much of a good thing is wonderful.'

However, his fast-paced decadent Hollywood lifestyle brought him more than his wounded nine-year-old's heart could handle. With a second marriage behind him and a drawer full of chips from Alcoholic Anonymous, he got the last monkey off his back but didn't cure itchy feet. Disenchanted and determined to find the meaning of his lives, he embarked on a spiritual journey (a Yatra) that took him around the world and gave him uncommon, albeit sophomoric, wisdom.

George says that when you run his trial balance, the bottom line is about the same as everyone's: a lovely successful daughter and two super-special grandsons, memories and friends to last several lifetimes, and a lower back ache which he considers payback for being a royal pain in many asses.

He currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, happily married to his third wife Brigitte, whom he adores, quietly pursuing his creative passions: painting, writing, and making people laugh, whether they want to or not.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whiteman's prose is shot from a rocket and never slows down. This is an autobiography? Even if unauthorized, here is a character you'd usually only find in fiction, fantasy fiction. The author has a quiver full of antedotes you'll remember and try mightly to work in to some conversation. Flat tire: to find the leaking air, spittle works best. Swear at the leak (rubber is multilingual so any language will do) The car: Arizona: a defeated monochromatic landscape and ideal place for our secondhand car to surrender. The Studebaker committed suicide just west of Tucamcari. Before you pick this book up clear the decks, you're not going to put it down.