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  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:344
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781667845296
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667845289

Listen... Long Story Short

Triumphs, Tragedies and Narrow Escapes

by Gary Day

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Join Luke Armstrong on his true-life adventures from 0 to 65 years. From being a complete water rat in his formative years to trying his luck as a failed artist during a short stint in the theatre to a career in local TV and radio, and finally working for a US intelligence agency, Luke has done it all. Read on to find out how he narrowly escapes dangerous circumstances with his life intact. Luke has eluded death on several occasions even though death seems to follow him everywhere. Get a dose of what life was like during the 1960s and 70s in the suburbs of Pasadena and the streets of Baltimore City, Maryland, as seen through Luke's eyes.
From a first-time published author comes this collection of short stories which follows the tales of Luke Armstrong, an all-American boy, who encounters glory and misfortune. Follow Luke from his childhood on the waterfront through his career and retirement from a US intelligence agency. Meet the people, places and times which molded Luke Armstrong from the 1960's to today. During times in his life, the character finds himself in idiotic situations, lost romances and plagued by death of friends and relatives. The Early Years introduces the reader to important people and friends of Luke Armstrong. One of the stories will make you question what the character actually witnesses and perhaps why his parents were so quick to move from Luke's favorite place in the world. Life in the Big City is a glimpse into the life of a boy in Baltimore City,1962. Life in the Beach reflects on the perfect place to raise a child or was it. Scared friends, a bully and bad baseball sums it all up. High School sees some of the challenges for a teen boy in a private school only to be transferred to a public school. Luke goes from a rejected canvas artist to a theatrical scenic artist. All this and a hurricane. Broadcasting remembers a time when TV and radio signals only traveled through the air. See how Luke struggles to make his way as a Broadcast Engineer in small market TV and radio. The Agency Years follows Luke through his personnel and professional life while at the Agency and learn what Luke's consequences are for working in this environment. Retirement follows the character through his challenges with his mom's dementia from beginning to her end, his adventure in Cabo, Mexico, and his life today.
About the author
Gary Day was born on New Year's Eve, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland and is an only child who acts like it. He is a first-time published author with no formal writing experience. This book was written for his three adult children as a way of introducing people and relatives with whom they did not have the opportunity to meet. These stories step them through their father's life and times. The author and his wife are world travelers. When not on an adventure, they enjoy living near the beach in the quaint small town of Milton, Delaware.
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