I really appreciate Peggy Truong mentioning The Gilmore Girls Companion in her “17 Insane Facts…” piece for Cosmopolitan.com yesterday – so cool! Naturally this makes me even more psyched for the Netflix return 🙂
On Dec. 31st it will be one full year since we lost our Richard Gilmore, Ed Herrmann. I didn’t learn about his passing until the following week, and decided then to share the full text of the interview I conducted with him for the book in PDF form. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, here’s the download link again.
One of the things I’ll never forget from our chat was his passion for old time radio, from Jack Benny to the later team of Bob & Ray. We could’ve easily blown three or four hours reliving our favorite moments from that golden age. In many ways, Mr. Herrmann continued the professionalism and attention to detail of radio into the television and film worlds of today.
Funny thing: Growing up in Washington DC, I listened to a long-running weekly radio show the reran many of those classic shows. The program was called “The Big Broadcast” and was hosted by a former old time radio star, Ed Walker. Even when I later grew up and moved all over the U.S., my wife and I continued to listen to him via the Web. Sadly, he passed away at the end of October, actually recording his very last episode in the hospital – he had been hosting the show for 25 years!
If there is an epilogue to this dream we call life, I’d like to think that Ed Herrmann and Ed Walker are sitting around now swapping stories about the radio programs of yesteryear… I count myself very fortunate to have interviewed them both.
Peace to two gentlemen who proved the old adage that two Eds are better than one…
OK, this TOTALLY justifies the already-justified Netflix bill! http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gilmore-girls-revival-series-works-833108
What: The Gilmore Girls Companion paperback
How much: $22 including shipping (U.S. only, sadly)
Why should I care: That’s $12.95 off the list price/ $7.89 off the Amazon price and includes shipping!
How do I get it:
1. Email me your name and postal address.
2. I’ll email you back a PayPal address to send your payment to.
3. Once I receive your payment I’ll pop a copy in the mail to you.
What’s the Catch: I only have a very limited number of copies to sell at this price; once they’re gone that’s it, I’m afraid.
Can you tell me more about the book? Here’s a bit of background.
Who IS this? The fellow who wrote it 🙂
Fine print: Gilmore Girls is more than just a TV show; it’s a way of life and of looking at the world, with its own parables, mantras, mythology, and promised land. If you dislike Gilmore Girls, please realize you are WAY in the minority here and hopelessly outnumbered by many, many people from many countries all hyped-up on Luke’s coffee. You do not want to tick them off.
Nearly five years after it was first published (yikes – has it been that long?!), The Gilmore Girls Companion is now available in two new formats: hardback and on the Amazon Kindle. I’m really excited about this for two reasons.
Kindle Edition: Just $9.95 – no Shipping! (No Kidding 😉
First and most importantly, it finally gives Gilmore fans outside the United States (and there are MANY) a cost-effective way of reading the book. It never sat well with me that international fans had to pay such high shipping costs for it. At $9.95 I think we’ve finally found the right price for them, as well as for those who absorb everything through their electronic devices these days. Two things about this:
- With the Kindle iOS app, you can also read the book on your iPhone or iPad, too.
- You can download the first 28 pages for free, which will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, as well as the ability to read Edward Herrmann‘s very moving foreword at the beginning.
(That said, gang, PLEASE let me know if you all encounter any problems accessing the Kindle edition where you are.)
Second, for someone who grew up loving books as I did, it’s just a great feeling to see one of my own get the hardcover treatment. It also gave me the opportunity to fix a couple of problems with the original text (including that @$#! problem on pp. 451-452 that drives me bonkers to this very day). And rest assured, the book’s cover isn’t the fluorescent yellow depicted on Amazon for some reason, though it isn’t the exact shade of the paperback, either – weird.
Anyway, thank you so much for all your support over the years. Without you there would be no book – no question.
Hi all. As promised, I’m sharing the complete text of the conversation I had with Edward Herrmann back in 2009 for The Gilmore Girls Companion. When I went back through my notes I discovered that it ran to 40 typed pages in all, so it seemed best to make it available as a PDF rather than online.
I apologize for the design quality of the document itself; Pamela is up to her eyeballs in deadlines right now so I had a go at putting it together myself. She’s the designer, I’m the writer, and unfortunately I’m afraid that shows.
That said, I wanted to get this text out there sooner rather than later, especially after the thoughtful emails and blog comments I’ve received since Mr. Herrmann’s passing.
A word here on the process: I sent him a few sample questions before we actually spoke by phone for the first time. I recorded the conversation, transcribed it, and sent the transcript to him to make any corrections or clarifications he deemed fit. That corrected text is what you’ll find in this PDF.
More than anything else, I really wanted people who never had the opportunity to meet him to see how he spoke and his thought process. I think the part towards the end where he relates his experience with his own daughters to the way he approached Lorelai and Rory is probably my favorite.
He was a rare individual, and greatly missed.
PS – As a fellow old-time radio fan, I wanted to include a few quick links to the shows and personalities Mr. Herrmann references in the interview. For those interested in hearing the programs first hand, there are many free podcasts available – just search for “old time radio” or “otr” in your favorite podcatcher or in iTunes.
I’m at an utter loss to express my sadness over the passing of Edward Herrmann. I’d taken then week off, and the first time I came back online this morning I see this…
I only spoke to him a few times by phone and email during the writing of the book, but it was enough for me to say that he was probably the most intelligent, best-educated person I’ve ever spoken with. Yet these attributes were clothed in a humor and humility that utterly charmed.
When he agreed to write the forward to The Gilmore Girls Companion, I was less excited by the prospect of having one of the fine actors involved in that program introducing the book than by being able to read the man’s recollections of Gilmore Girls in his own words. As it turned out he wrote as he spoke – really like Richard Gilmore spoke – eloquently.
I will be publishing one of my longer interviews with him in full here next week (once I locate it) so that you all can get a better idea of what I mean.
You were a man among men, Mr. Herrmann. And you were loved.