image
image
image
You Don't Know Jack
Don Ross






Book Title: You Don't Know Jack Price: US $17.99, CAN $20.99
Author: Don Ross
ISBN No: 9780692274231




Newspaper reporter Jack Odum seems unable to stick to the facts, accurately quote his sources or use accepted English words and phrases. To Jack's mind there's nothing journalistically wrong with juicing up a story as long as the gist remains? But just gist doesn't hack it at the paper and Jack is handed his walking ones. Never mind, thought Jack's mind which has a mind of its own, why should you be a lowly newspaper hack, Jack, when you (we) have the God-given talent of wordsmanship to write the Great American Novel? As if by divine design, an invitation to his family's Thanksgiving turkey and pig-pickin' dinner gets Jack's mind to thinking how the country-fried Odum clan back home might be the grist for a break-out best-seller. He'll take his readers on a trip through "Birdland," what he lovingly calls the state of North Carolina, where he lives in a coastal town named Duck and has yet to actually see an actual duck, to his mountain hometown of Gosling where he's never seen a baby goose either, come to think of it, thought his mind. He'll introduce us to his rural relatives and friends, with whom we might relate or hate, adore or abhor, the saints and sinners who shaped the life and mind of a future author of national note: Jackson Odum. And not only would his American novel be great, Jack decided, it would also be novel; a combination biography, diary, travelogue, read-along, sing-along, puzzle and tell-all, some of it true, some of it not very. Jack's cocksure attitude, unconventional writing style, family dynamics and a slight psychological problem with sticky fingers result in his manuscript, "The Journaller: Written and to Read Out Loud," that a publisher finds both unworthy of paper and ink and highly publishable farce.



About The Author
I am a former broadcaster taking my first steps into the print world. For thirty of my forty plus years in journalism, I wrote feature news as a reporter at WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. I had a ninety second time slot each night to present amusing off-beat stories that earned me a local reputation as a humorist and led to several AP, UPI, RTNDA and regional Emmy awards and nominations. My first attempts at humor writing were at my first real TV job at WTAJ in Altoona, Pennsylvania where I always volunteered to write a "kicker" to end the newscast on a light note. The Altoona TV job was offered after I covered news for WFBG Radio in Altoona while simultaneously obtaining a degree in International Politics from Penn State. My plans to become a foreign correspondent never panned out but I satisfy a desire for foreign travel by going abroad at least once a year. I developed an interest in world affairs and international travel during a four year stint in the Air Force where I was a deejay and news broadcaster with The American Forces Radio and Television Service in Pakistan and Italy. I qualified for AFRTS thanks to my experience deejaying and news reading and writing at my hometown radio station, WCPA, in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Retired now, I live in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina with my wife, Mary, who I met while stationed in Italy forty years ago. I have two children who live in the Charlotte-area and they have each given us two grandchildren.





image
image