I would think with a BANG, but it kind of just ends. In the last chapter I fell asleep a few times and skimmed the words.
Needham describes his love for his mother and how his step-father instilled in him the "get-r-done" attitude. An enjoyable read that will make you want to rent "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run. Apr 10, Brittany rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was awesome, I enjoyed it very much! Needham has lived quite an adventurous life. His experiences and stories held my attention to the very last page. It is amazing to think of all the changes in our society and world this man has lived to see.
This is not a boring old biography, it feels more like a bunch of friends getting together to relive the tales of their wild youth. I very much enjoyed listening in on Mr. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a go This book was awesome, I enjoyed it very much! I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good story. Immediately after finishing this book I went out and watched "Smokey and the Bandit", I just had to see the man in action.
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway, it really was my lucky day.
Mar 24, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: The following is a Firstreads winner review: This is an interesting story of a time when men and women did some crazy things without any real safety measures. And this is the man that helped build some of the things that helped make some of those stunts safer. Hal was also the man that directed the classic movie Smokey and the Bandit. There are a lot of critics that did not like this movie and that is just fine. However in my younger days I think all of the kids in my neighborhood dreamed about t The following is a Firstreads winner review: However in my younger days I think all of the kids in my neighborhood dreamed about that black Pontiac Trans Am.
As a book this one dropped about a half of a star mainly for the way it was written. Is it just me or did this one seem slightly disjointed? Well I guess everyone is a critic. Enjoy this as a collection of stories about an amazing man that has led an incredible life. Apr 04, Jamie rated it liked it. I picked this up because my son needed to read a biography for his English class and because I wanted to make sure there was nothing "questionable" in it for a year-old boy figuring that it's about Hollywood and that there could be, I decided to read it first.
I was pleasantly surprised that Hal glossed over that part of his career and stuck to stories about being a stuntman. The stories were entertaining and I learned quite a bit about the workings of Hollywood. I also think that Hal seems I picked this up because my son needed to read a biography for his English class and because I wanted to make sure there was nothing "questionable" in it for a year-old boy figuring that it's about Hollywood and that there could be, I decided to read it first. I also think that Hal seems to be a pretty down-to-earth, decent guy, all things considered.
His book was entertaining, made me laugh in places, and though the writing was a bit weak and I wanted more details in places, overall it was a good read. Apr 04, Mary BookHounds rated it really liked it Shelves: I grew up on action movies thanks to my father and two brothers so anything with explosions and car chases were pretty much all I saw at the theater.
Hal Needham was responsible for most of the action in these movies during the 's like Smokey and the Bandit. This book is non stop action full of great little tidbits on the famous and not so famous in Hollywood. Reading this is like sitting down with all of your favorite entertainment magazines with a true insider to give you the straight fact I grew up on action movies thanks to my father and two brothers so anything with explosions and car chases were pretty much all I saw at the theater.
Reading this is like sitting down with all of your favorite entertainment magazines with a true insider to give you the straight facts. He doesn't go into much detail about his personal life, which was a minor disappointment to me, but the whole book is a really fun ride! Mar 27, Bryce Sanders rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book was a great book. It followed the life of a hollywood stuntman but not just any stuntman, one of the most famous stuntmen in the US, Hal Needham. This book i like because i learned that its best to just stay positive and never look back and to always get the job done then and now and correct.
He had a hard life with farming and not being able to go to school but even with out an education, he was a great problem solver and a quick thinker. I love some of the motors he got and some of the stunts he did and some of the records he tried to break and almost did were just breath taking. Mar 08, Sean rated it really liked it. You can definitely judge this book by the cover. From the fire on the car and Hal to the exclamation point, you know exactly what you'll get.
This is like sitting next to him at a bar hearing stories he's probably told his friends over and over. He doesn't come across very humble, but to go from sharecropper's son to top stuntman and then director of such movies as Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run, I think he's earned the right to brag. Fun read about a time before stunts had CGI help an You can definitely judge this book by the cover.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Mar 16, Dakota Goldbeck rated it it was amazing. Stuntman tells the live of Hal Needham from when he was a young guy living in Missouri with his Parents and several siblings and how they moved from out of their small country house to the big city of St. Louis for his dads new job. He was introduced to the stunt scene when he was asked to assist a guy on one of stunts which involved him knocking him off a horse after jumping out of a plane. This lead him to L.
I really Stuntman tells the live of Hal Needham from when he was a young guy living in Missouri with his Parents and several siblings and how they moved from out of their small country house to the big city of St. I really enjoyed this book and it introduced me to Hal and an up close look at his amazing life. Nov 28, Johnny Galt rated it really liked it. The autobio genre is interesting because a persona might be real exciting to experience in real life but on paper it could flop hard. On top of that many interesting people are not interesting writers so making the transition to paper can be even more difficult.
I really enjoyed reading about his life even though it was obvious he was not a professional writer or storyteller as he embellished and retold stories and did it like a corny old man. His story however, is larger than life which began f The autobio genre is interesting because a persona might be real exciting to experience in real life but on paper it could flop hard. His story however, is larger than life which began from nothing and the book created a somewhat natural course which kept getting bigger and bigger.
Nov 12, Regina rated it liked it. This book was a fascinating look at the life of an innovative, bold, creative and large personality who also happened to operate without fear of any bodily harm, which is fortunate since, as a stuntman, he inflicted an awful lot of it on his body.
But, the world behind action movies, the world of the preparation and the stunt doubles and the potential for disaster and the averted disasters, is a really interesting look at those fearless individuals who have made a career out of placing themselve This book was a fascinating look at the life of an innovative, bold, creative and large personality who also happened to operate without fear of any bodily harm, which is fortunate since, as a stuntman, he inflicted an awful lot of it on his body.
But, the world behind action movies, the world of the preparation and the stunt doubles and the potential for disaster and the averted disasters, is a really interesting look at those fearless individuals who have made a career out of placing themselves in harm's way for Hollywood. I loved reading about Hal Needham in his own words. This book is a fun ride through Needham's career as a stuntman and director. His love of life is obvious in each page. The narrative is simple in its outline and writing, mainly just an ongoing stream of memories. What makes the book special is Needham's no-nonsense telling of his stories.
He's one of those "says it like he sees it" kind of guys. Needham and Reynolds were best buds, and it's great entertainment This book is a fun ride through Needham's career as a stuntman and director. Needham and Reynolds were best buds, and it's great entertainment to read both books and put their memories together.
They had a lot of great adventures. Jun 21, Chris Aylott rated it liked it. I wouldn't quite call this an autobiography. Needham's stories defy chronological order and jump around from decade to decade, defying any attempt to track the details of his life. But they are great stories. This is a man who has done many outrageous things and helped develop up some of the must useful processes and equipment in the movie business. If his life is what it's like to live without fear I'm glad I'm reading about it.
Jan 14, Lexi rated it liked it Shelves: Won a First Reads copy of this book and really enjoyed it. As you'd expect, Hal Needham has a lot of great stories from an exciting life lived in Hollywood. Reading this book feels like you're at the bar next to him while he's regaling you with some of those stories. Definitely recommend this one. Dec 31, Michael Hermann rated it really liked it. Growing up in the 80's watching the show The Fall Guy, I grew to enjoy learning about stuntmen. Hal Needham was evidently the stuntman of stuntmen. His stories are entertaining and for me the best part is he worked on several of the movies from the 70's and 80's that I grew up watching and still watch to this day when I find them on TV.
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If you have some time to kill and want to learn some behind the scenes movie information, this is a great book to pick up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hal Needham's career has included work on 4, television episodes and feature films. He set trends in movies the first director to show outtakes during end credits and NASCAR the first team owner to use telemetry technology. Hal set Guinness World Records and was the financier and owner of the Budweiser Rocket Car now on display in the Smithsonian Museum , the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier - travelling at The highest paid stuntman in the world, he has broken fifty-six bones and his back twice , was the first human to test the car airbag, and has fought for the respect and recognition that stuntmen and stuntwomen deserve for their contribution to the world of moviemaking.
To let the bowlers know that was a no-no, I would spit in the finger holes of the ball and send it back to them. His wife, Mae, was really nice to me the few times I spent the weekend with them. Even if Needham is the man who tried to bring Jackie Chan to an American audience, that film is not made without Reynolds. Even though I hadn't seen any of the TV shows or movies he talked about and I'm totally not into NASCAR , I think he still deserves a lot of respect for being so good at what he did, having integrity, and being hard-working. He would then pick up the pins and place them in the rack to be set for the next player. After he described how a stuntman would be blasted into the air, she said, so how do you land?
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He could keep everything from the garden, but he had to split all money from the sale of the cotton sixty—forty—with the sharecropper getting the sixty. But my stepdad worked out a way to keep all of the money. Before the crop was harvested, he would go to another part of the county and make a deal with a different farmer to sharecrop the following year.
As soon as darkness fell it was adios, farmer! And we were off to our next home… with all of the cash.
That was the way we existed until I was ten years old when World War II broke out. My stepdad went to St. Louis, Missouri, to work in a defense factory and seek his fortune. He promised to send for the family as soon as he had a place for us to live and a couple of extra bucks. In the first letter we received, Corbett enclosed two train tickets so my older brother, Armin, and my sister Edwonia could go to St.
He told us he could get them jobs, and that would help pay for Mom, me, my little sister, Gwen, and my baby brother, Jim, to join them. In just two months we boarded the train to St. It was packed with servicemen, and there were no seats. As my mother stood in the aisle holding my baby brother, a young soldier saw her and gave up his seat. After a couple of hours I decided the floor would make a good seat, and a short time later the sandman threw sand in my eyes and out I went. Then someone shook me. I looked up to see a young soldier.
He said he was tired of sitting and wanted to stretch his legs. Would I hold his seat? Willing to help the military in any way I could, I took his seat and fell back asleep. It was one in the morning when we arrived in St. Louis and my mom woke me. We exited the train with our cardboard boxes and burlap bags, a sight that invited plenty of stares from people in the station. My brain would not accept the message my eyes were sending: Boarding a streetcar, we headed for our new home. I found an empty seat and sat by the window in utter amazement as the lights, houses, cars, and people went by in a blur.
Twenty minutes later we got off at Grand and Olive Streets. More lights, department stores, even movie theaters. Wow, what a place to live! Then I was told we were transferring to a bus, which would require another twenty-minute ride to the house. From the bus stop, it was only two doors down to our new home in a two-story brick building.
The only problem was that the toilet was in the basement—but that was better than the two-holer back in Arkansas. We had four rooms: I suggested we might even be able to rent one out but was quickly voted down. In the basement, along with the toilet and shower, was a furnace. Every day a truck came by selling coal by the bushel—no more woodcutting!
Oh yeah, we also had running water in the kitchen and a four-burner gas cookstove. What more could a boy ask for? The next morning after breakfast Corbett gave me a nickel and told me to go to the store up the street and ask for an Eskimo Pie. I asked what that was, but got no answer and was told to run along. I walked out our door, turned left, went a hundred feet to the first street, turned right, and crossed at the intersection.
There was the store. I went in and made my purchase. Ice cream bar in hand, I left the store. I was completely turned around. Sitting down on the curb, I ate the Eskimo Pie, which beat the hell out of any homemade ice cream we ever tried to make. Then I waited for something good to happen. After a few minutes my mom stuck her head out the window and called my name. Getting to school could have been a real problem because it was five blocks away, but the good thing was I could stand at my front door and see the building.
My school in Arkansas only had one room for all eight grades and no more than twenty kids total. Most years there would be three or four grades without students. My pay was fifty cents a day. Another job I had was setting pins in a bowling alley. In those days, when the bowling ball hit the pins, they fell into a pit. After the ball and pins came to a rest, the pinsetter would jump into the pit, put the ball in the return ramp, and send it back to the bowler.
He would then pick up the pins and place them in the rack to be set for the next player. We were paid ten cents for a complete game. On a good night I could make five bucks. There was a slight element of danger to the job. All the bowlers knew that the signal to throw the next ball was when the pinsetter jumped up on the back of the pit wall and lifted his legs. But every once in a while, I would be in the pit working and look up to see a ball and pins flying at me. To let the bowlers know that was a no-no, I would spit in the finger holes of the ball and send it back to them.
They always got the message. Louis Cardinals and Browns played their home games, I applied. They hired me to sell soda pop, and I earned twenty cents for every twelve sodas I sold, bringing my take to five or six dollars a day! Nobody had to rock me to sleep when I got home; I was plumb tuckered out. The good part was that I got to keep everything I made. For the first time in my life I had money to invest.
I was only thirteen years old, but it was big-time to me. My mom suggested I buy war bonds that the government was selling to fund our troops. One day that summer Mom told me to get dressed, I had to go meet somebody. What was to be gained by this reunion? He was six feet one, a good-looking man with wavy hair and a lady-killer smile.
We had lunch, and I went home. It was a long four hours. Dad had remarried and owned a neighborhood bar. His wife, Mae, was really nice to me the few times I spent the weekend with them. Dad thought a big day for me was to go barhopping while he introduced me to all his drinking buddies. IF you grew up watching his movies, you'll like the book. My husband has read the book and thinks that it is an awesome read. He is not have time to read books and he had trouble putting this one down. He has given it to me to read, but I haven't had a chance to.
He has told me everyone should read this book. He hung upside down from an airplane inSpirit of St. Louisand jumped between galloping horses inLittle Big Man. He taught John Wayne howreallyto throw a punch. When his stunt career working with the likes of Kirk Douglas and Steve McQueen was over, Needham's adventures continued. Needham shares all the outrageous stories that could only come from a man who earned a living risking his life.