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Dreamers
DID YOU KNOW THAT ACTOR CAROL BURNETT has a connection to Southeast Missouri? So do the band TOTO, Frank Sinatra, and Kris Kristofferson!
In Dreamers, author Jerry Ford has pulled together the stories of grit and glory from entertainers he’s known who made it to the Big Time, even though they started from small Southeast Missouri towns. But they were all dreamers. In Dreamers, you’ll read about Sue Vogelsanger, who saw her original song performed live on The Carol Burnett Show. Billy Swan wrote top-of-the-charts hits and performed with Kris Kristofferson for over 25 years. Steve Hornbeak performed with Faith Hill and Lee Greenwood, as well as with other entertainers like Kenny Loggins and Eddie Rabbitt. Jerry McNeely received a Golden Globe Award for his scriptwriting. Tommy Chambers recorded with Frank Sinatra and collaborated on songwriting with Fred Astaire. And there’s much, much more. Join Jerry for an eye-opening account of some of the many stars who started far from the glitter of Los Angeles or New York, yet found their way into important roles in the history of American music and entertainment. Come meet the Dreamers.


The Gordonville Grove -
The Gordonville Grove and the small-town art of frontyard storytelling live on in these hilarious, no-holds-barred tales – witnessed, pretested, and collected by Jerry Ford.
Garnered from his careers as mortician, big-band musician, and politician, Ford's yarns weave a portrait of camaraderie and enterprise in Midwestern America. Pull up a chair and join The Grove for historical legends, lore, and a load of laughs.

Jerry Ford is a born storyteller, and the stories he tells – from his experiences as a funeral director, politician, musician, and all-round observer of life in a Heartland town and state – will both delight and instruct the reader. His characters – ordinary and eccentric, comical and serious, foolish and admirable, heroic and silly – mirror the stuff of real America. There are laughs aplenty in this book, but also a warmth and wisdom that can only derive from a love of life, a respect for neighbor, and a genuine tolerance of the human condition.”
~ Dr. Robert Hamblin