Wednesday March 26, 1969 was a rather slow day-
- Entertainer extraordinaire Pat Boone- pound for pound the most soulless singer in the history of the world- appeared as a guest on The Beverly Hillbillies. The episode was titled Collard Greens An’ Fatback. On the show he sang a song written by John Stewart “Never Goin’ Back”
- Novelist John Kennedy Toole took his own life on this day at the age of 31. Toole’s novels had been rejected during his lifetime and he was suffering from paranoia and depression. After his death his book Confederacy Of Dunces would be published and would win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book was published in 1980 after his mother sent it to author Walker Percy insisting that he read it at first he resisted but after finally reading it he loved the book and was able to get it published. It won the Pulitzer in 1981 .
I can only imagine how Uncle Jed looked at “pound for pound the most soulless singer in the history of the world” as he sang. lmao. Don’t know anything about that book other than the name. So very sad the author had to die to be recognized 😦
From what I was reading his mother came across the manuscript and just keep insisting that Walker Percy read it- I have no doubt that authors – or entertainers are always getting that- you have to read this– listen to this etc. Finally she wore Walker Percy down and he read it..
I’ve been trying to read A Confederacy of Dunces forever. I keep getting distracted. It’s painful to read it and think of the author’s fate.
I have never read it -but I am thinking about doing so… yes that is a sad story- the author’s fate– and then the book being published to wide acclaim…
Most soulless singer? At least put him in a line up lol
The genes were passed along to his daughter Debby.