Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek

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TITLE – Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek
AUTHOR – Fred Eichelman, EdD
GENRE – Nonfiction Memoir
PUBLICATION DATE – E-book: March 2016; Paperback: May 2016
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 170 pages/42K words
PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press
COVER ARTIST – Natasha Brown

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Discover a hidden, heartwarming side of Hollywood and politics you never knew existed.

Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek describes the worlds of entertainment, literature, and politics as experienced by the author during his lifetime. Dr. Eichelman reveals how films and television programs influenced his growing up, his teaching career, and his Christian ministry by reflecting upon the beautiful souls who throughout their storied careers have touched numerous lives, not just his own. His anecdotes feature such personalities as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Stewart, Rhonda Fleming, Ronald Reagan, Andy Griffith, several Star Trek cast members, and many more celebrities well into the twenty-first century. The introduction by actress, producer, and motivational speaker Nancy Stafford promises that Dr. Eichelman will take you “where no man has gone before,” a promise that he delivers upon in charming, “come in and set a spell” Southern storyteller fashion.




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OUR REVIEW – by Felita Daniels

I will share with you that the first section of this memoir was tad slow. But your patience through this segment will be rewarded. It begins with short biographies about his ancestors. How husbands and wives met and what they did for a living is certainly a part of Mr. Eichelman’s heritage. However, it was reminiscent of the Bible passages, where you are told who begat whom. There wasn’t enough emotional connection to get ‘attached’ to them.

When I got to the portion of the memoir of Fred’s life, ah, now I was in!  I was hooked when he shared that he used Star Trek episodes to teach Biblical principles.  He shares about his parents love of animals, entrepreneurial adventures and brushes with Hollywood celebrities.  In all of this, the tone is very realistic and not boastful.

Just like a parable is used in the Bible to reach and teach people, Film and TV are storytelling vehicles also.  This educator saw that and used the medium and relationships with like-minded celebrities to promote good values.  It was a charming and interesting read.

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One night there was a late phone call from Doc Jones. “Al, Ann, I need a favor. I am taking care of too many sick animals right now, and I have a man here with a pair of dogs he brought from Germany. Rex and Regina. Never seen anything like them. Regina is about to deliver; could you two come over here?”

Of course my parents agreed.

To their surprise they found the dog owner to be Pulitzer Prize–winning author Louis Bromfield. His home was originally in Mansfield, Ohio, but he also had a home in Hollywood, California, and until recently one in Paris, where he had lived a few years. My parents were very familiar with Bromfield, as his books were widely read, and two were made into successful films, The Rains Came and Mrs. Parkington. Bromfield had recently been in Germany and had seen a new breed, Boxers. Boxers were the result of the interbreeding of Bullmastiffs and English Bulldogs and were considered perfect working dogs.

At that time Adolph Hitler was taking control of the German government, and Bromfield knew that if he didn’t bring these dogs to America quickly, he might not get another opportunity.

Al and Ann were happy to help out, and Louis Bromfield was especially pleased that my mother had read several of his books and was a fan. It was a perfect delivery of puppies and he thanked them profusely. Then Bromfield said, “Take your pick of the puppies.” Surprised as they were, they did not hesitate, and four weeks later a female puppy was delivered to their home.

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Dr. Fred Eichelman is a retired Virginia public school teacher whose career spanned four decades. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College, with a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia and a Doctor of Social Studies Education degree awarded by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Eichelman is the author of three history and government textbooks and a science fiction novel, Valerie in Giantland. He has written for several print magazines and has served as a book and film reviewer. He is on the board of directors for Point North † Outreach Ministries and editor of its publication, Point North † Tidings.

Author Photo – His wife, Carolyn Eichelman, is the photographer (copyright 2015)




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7 Responses to Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek

  1. Thank you very much for your lovely review of FAITH, FAMILY, FILM on your blog today!
    All my best wishes,
    Kim Headlee, publisher
    Pendragon Cove Press
    Stories make us greater.

  2. Victoria Zumbrum

    Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family’s Heart

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