oklahoma author to make local appearance
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#1 Jul 7, 2010
OKLAHOMA AUTHOR TO MAKE LOCAL APPEARANCE
Sherry Kelly has written three very different books!
Author Sherry Kelly is devoted to God and family, and she has always held a special love for children, nature and animals. While attending college in Illinois, she worked at an animal preserve feeding and caring for a variety of wildlife. While raising her family in Bethany, Oklahoma, she took care of foster babies in her home and is now a retired Parent Educator.
Kelly has penned three very different books. The writing of her first book, A Cat Named Zooby, was unplanned and began as a therapeutic way of dealing with the trauma of Zooby’s horrible garage door accident. She was keeping a scrapbook journal about the experience and when it was completed, it was a book. When it became published, Kelly was encouraged to go back and write the parenting book that she had envisioned and written an outline for years earlier while working in Oklahoma’s Canadian County as a parent educator. The book is titled Your New Baby’s Instruction Book, and is the ideal guide for expectant parents or parents of newborns. Now babies can come with instructions! Her third book, which was recently released, is The Big Life of a Little Man: Michael Dunn Remembered, and it is a story Kelly thought was just waiting to be told. It is about the amazing life lived by the famous little person actor in the 1960s and 70s. Dunn starred in numerous roles of stage, film, and television. He was nominated for an academy award for his memorable part in the movie, Ship of Fools, but is perhaps best known today for playing the crazed scientist in the original Wild Wild West TV series.
Wild Wild West was one of the most popular TV series in the late 1960s and is one of those classic kind of shows that seem to live on. It is a mixture of western,“James Bond”, and science fiction, and is available on DVD while still shown today on some cable stations. The show’s heroes were United States secret service agents, James T. West, played by Robert Conrad, and, Artemus Gordon, played by the late Ross Martin. One special recurring villain, Dr. Miguelito Loveless, played by the talented Michael Dunn, always managed to escape at the end of each episode and was brought back ten different times to the delight of faithful viewers. Many refer to Dr. Loveless as their all time favorite villain.
Kelly’s book, The Big Life of a Little Man, Michael Dunn Remembered is the “can’t put down” biography of the late Michael Dunn, who just happened to be her first cousin. It tells the intriguing and poignant life story of a fascinating man from before he was born until after his mysterious death in London while making a movie. It is also the story of his family’s abounding love and relates how they dealt with his dwarfism his entire life.
Dunn was born to average size parents in Shattuck, Oklahoma in 1934. He died at the young age of 38 in 1973, and is now buried at the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman, Oklahoma.
Recently, Kelly was an invited guest on actor Robert Conrad’s international radio program on CRN Talk Radio out of Sunland, California. Mr. Conrad who starred in the TV series, reminisced about Dunn who often stayed in his home while they were filming Wild Wild West. Conrad also related fond memories of Dunn refereeing football games between teams made up of actors from different studios who played extremely competitive football against each other every Saturday.
Barnes and Noble Arlington at the Parks will be hosting a book signing for this Oklahoma author on Saturday, July 24 from 1-3 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and meet Kelly. All three of her books will be available for purchase.
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