From Captain Kangaroo to Stephen King

The question of the week is: Which celebrity do you wish would hold up one of your published books on a national stage (or TV) and say, “Hey, everybody should read this!”?

I am not someone who is in awe of celebrities. I know they all have foibles. Although I am somewhat in awe of everyone I meet. Every person. Everyone else has something within them that I don’t have. That isn’t to say that I love them all; I just admire the capabilities which I seem to lack.

But other people listen to celebrities. However, most of those I could come up with this week might have a teensy problem:
most of them are dead.

As for my poetry, I’d love for Walt Whitman or Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to endorse me, but that won’t happen. I can’t come up with a modern poet who is a ‘celebrity’ and would enjoy my lines.

For my serious story, I would have been beyond thrilled to Stephen Vincent Benet or Robert Louis Stevenson, (who could also have supported my poetry). Alas, they are no more.

I have one completed a rhyming children’s story and I would LOVE to have had Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo, read it and record it. It has a Christmas theme and I’d love to have had him do it much like “The Littlest Snowman with the Red Candy Heart”

For those of you who did not have the joy in their childhood to watch Captain Kangaroo, particularly in the 1960s, here is a look at the man, who left us in 2004:

I have one novel, (which I have put off completing, don’t ask me why, I think of it nearly all the time. My biggest problem is that I have several stories going at once; picking one to sit down and finish is a problem for me). But, who to endorse it? Is it a romance? There is the question. There are several couples and others involved. It is not as deep as the novels of Liane Moriarty or the better works of Cecelia Ahern, but those authors are good, famous and very much alive. (Please don’t judge their writings by movies and shows, either.)

There are a few supernatural stories; they are not as intense as Stephen King’s work, but he’s still with us and a great writer .If you judge his writing by the movies made of his works, please don’t. If you don’t have time or access to his works, his short stories are on YouTube, and some are read by the man himself. He could do a pitch for me any day.

I have one with a real twist and who better than Alfred Hitchcock to endorse me? Maybe Graham Greene, (the writer, not the actor, although the actor is a great talent). Again, both gone. However, since it is based on the real events of one night when my niece and I went to a book signing, I could ask the author we went to see, Mary Janice Davidson. Besides being a NYT bestselling author, she is very open and kind to her fans.  Although she is an international best seller, I don’t know how readily recognizable she may be.

Some have already mentioned Oprah and her book list; Kelly Ripa also has a list, and getting on either one would certainly bump sales skyward.

Politics or lifestyles aside, I’d pick Sean Bean, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, because gosh, they are well worth looking at. To sell to men, maybe I’d get Allyssa Milano, Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz.

Never mind.

As I finished typing the lists, I realized that it probably wouldn’t help sales since the men and women will be looking at my celebs and paying no attention to my stories!


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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9 Responses to From Captain Kangaroo to Stephen King

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    So I guess for now, you’ll have to hope for Oprah or Kelly to read your stuff – and then once you’re in the hereafter, you can go after those long-gone celebrities.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Kelly Ripa certainly generates a lot of energy and attention. I’d be happy to have her hold up one of my stories also.
    Hitchcock would be terrific for any story with suspense.
    Bless his heart, the good Capt. K was on that show for one decade too many. As a youngster I watched that show, but cannot really say I enjoyed it. To me, it was a matter of having only two channels — CBS and NBC — that we could get clearly. Don’t recall what ran opposite Capt. K, but evidently I considered Capt. K somewhat better.


    • Yes, the Old Captain went over the edge as far as I was concerned. I tried to watch it with my nieces and quickly turned him off; What Joyce Brothers had to say to kids about their pets’ feelings was too much.
      I did enjoy Mr.Moose and Bunny Rabbit.I very much enjoyed the Captain when he read books,such as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.(I bought that one to read to my own kids.) I’m sure that my mother enjoyed his book readings, too, if only to give her a break!


  3. Joselyn says:

    I used to watch Captain Kangaroo while I was getting ready for school. I remember Mr. Green Jeans and ‘picture, picture’ too.

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  4. Sorry that I did not comment on here yesterday. I did read it yesterday but my comment didn’t post. Its difficult when you think of the perfect person to endorse something and they are no longer with us. I have a tendency to look to actors from the 30s to 50s for my inspirations. Then when someone asks who I would want to play my characters if it were ever made into a movie I have a hard time thinking of someone current to do it.
    I’m going to have to watch some Captain Kangaroo shows with Wyatt this weekend.

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    • Not a problem, Angie; my comments don’t post sometimes. We all get busy, too.
      I do hope they have some older Capt.Kangaroo shows available, before he added too many human ‘regulars’ and celebrity guests.


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