Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories

From Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories:

“We were goofballs, and magnets for mischief. Pinheads, really. Boys who managed to screw up just about

everything, everywhere: scouts, camp, school, dancing lessons, church, vacations, team sports, bowling,

first dates, and summer jobs. You name it…”

In these stories of misadventures from small town mid-20th century America, three lifelong buddies celebrate

the fragile magic of youth, the enduring miracle of friendship, and the gift of fondly remembered

tales told with laughter and tears. The zany, wondrous and sometimes bittersweet journey of their youth

rested squarely on the broad shoulders of the Greatest Generation, grown-ups who really did know best,

and whose patience and grace allowed their offspring to grow up gently.

About Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories:

“What fun! It was like I was hanging out with Lumpy, Eddie and the guys from our show again. Every adult

will be able to see something of themselves in these great stories of youth. They are a must read for anyone

who longs for the simple, innocent fun of growing up with the spirit of the 50’s and 60’s. I feel like I know

these three lovable goofballs and wish I could have spent more time being with them. NOT EXACTLY

ROCKET SCIENTISTS should be a television series itself, underscoring the sweetness, innocence, and

simplicity that have passed us by.”

- TONY DOW (“Wally” on Leave It To Beaver TV series)

“A great book about friendship, growing up in the fifties, and a lost America that will never come again.”

- PAT CONROY, novelist, The Great Santini, My Losing Season, The Prince of Tides

“Between the parenting prowess of the Greatest Generation and the luck that allows us to eventually recount

our childhoods, NOT EXACTLY ROCKET SCIENTISTS reveals a world of innocence and adventure.

As a reader who grew up in a world more often animated on screens than schoolyards, these stories

bridge a distinct past with a present readership that—fingers crossed—will inspire future generations to

look up from their screens and seek adventures of their own design.”

AMANDA FORBES SILVA, essayist

--Gilbert E. “Bud” Schill, Jr. and John W. “Mac” MacIlroy and Robert D. “Rob” Hamilton III.



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