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If you are reading this you are probably wondering what my website is all about Well, that makes 2 of us ! I am of the “old school” and am not comfortable promoting myself but I’m told that is what you have to do if you write a book and want to get readership. Well, I HAVE written a book. The title is “My Halcyon Years...on gossamer wings” and I have thought about writing it for years. Finally (at the ripe old age of 86) I’ve done just that and my book is actually published and on Amazon.

This Website is set up to describe the contents of the book so I won’t belabor it here. If you read on you will know soon enough if it is of interest to you and if it is I would love to get your feedback. We are strangers now, but we won’t be for long once we have established a dialogue.

 

HAPPY READING --- Ginnie (AKA: Virginia Dean, author)

My Halcyon Years… “on gossamer wings”

Memoir

Virginia Dean was born in 1933, the youngest of 5 girls. The Great Depression had left some scars but it hadn’t dampened the spirits of her loving family. They moved to Wellesley Hills, a suburb of Boston, just before her 10th birthday and when her dad asked her if she had a wish for her special day she answered in the affirmative. Unbeknownst to her and to the family members her answer would change their lives forever.

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Virginia Dean

Virginia Dean was born in 1933, the youngest of 5 girls. The Great Depression had left some scars but it hadn’t dampened the spirits of her loving family. They moved to Wellesley Hills, a suburb of Boston, just before her 10th birthday and when her dad asked her if she had a wish for her special day she answered in the affirmative. Unbeknownst to her and to the family members her answer would change their lives forever. Her birthday wish is revealed in the opening pages of My Halcyon Years and it is from there that Virginia starts her recollections.

The year is 1943 and WW II is in full swing. In a series of vignettes, Virginia recalls the highlights, events and fascinating people that she meets on her journey from adolescence through her twenties. In 1954 she receives a BS degree in Journalism from Boston University and, with that in hand, she sets forth in search of a career in media. Her dream job finally comes true when WABC Radio in NY City hires her. However TV is about to take over the airwaves and her job is in jeopardy. Never fear … she’s found her dream man too so all else pales by comparison. Virginia now lives in North Carolina with two sons nearby and a daughter and son-in-law in upstate New York.

Virginia writes:

February of 1943 was a pivotal time for me. Our country was deep into WW II but I was too young to truly understand what that entailed. For me it was mainly a time of great drama so when my father asked me if I had a special 10 year old wish for my big day I had a ready answer. “Dad,” I said, “I want a British sailor” and that’s exactly what I got and where my story begins.

Little did I know how exciting the next 20 years would be. I lived it, I loved it and I want you to experience it too. This is just a partial list of the star studded people, situations and career choices that I want to share with you:

WW II (visions from the home front), Sylvia Plath, Margaret Bourke-White, Gregory Peck, John F. Kennedy, Howard Cossell, Benny Goodman, John Entwistle, KEY-T TV, Santa Barbara, Ca., WABC Radio, NY, NY.

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Did you ever watch MAD MEN, and imagine yourself to be one of the vibrant young women seeking her place in that world in 1950’s NYC? After graduating from a high school along with classmate Sylvia Plath, Dean aimed herself for the advertising world. In this book, she recreates life on both East and West Coasts during the 1950’s for a young woman moving up in that world. read more >

– LDP

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Hey Grandma!
I wanted to tell you that I felt a lot of happiness and softness when reading your book! I want to go to California to see the quilt and I told my buds Kellum and Anna about some of your stories I already read and now Kellum is interested! Thank you for your stories and I love you!

– Teenage Granddaughter

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I loved how she was able to pull together her life in such a few words. It must have been difficult deciding what to share and what to leave out because I think she had a very remarkable life!

– Connie Fletcher

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Ginnie, I read your book in 2 sittings and now I am reading it to Jim while he is in the hospital. He says you have had a wonderful life, and I agree. It was great fun to read and I could picture it. You and I have something in common – I also shook the hand of Jack Kennedy, when he was campaigning in WV in 1960. The charisma was strong!!

– Kenju

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I read Virginia Dean’s “My Halcyon Years” in one sitting! She strings vignettes of her early years together like pearls – nuggets of humor, adventure and well-earned wisdom. It was rare during the 1950’s and 1960’s for a young woman to confidently enter the male-dominated world of radio broadcasting in LA and NY, and her stories bring that era to life from a woman’s perspective. I hope you enjoy her stories as much as I did!

– Wendy Hansen

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