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Preacher and Co


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Based on tales told young Brendon by his Grandfather Ed Boone in front of the fireplace as Brendon removed the old man's muddy brogans to wash his feet after a day’s plowing the Mississippi good earth, our PREACHER AND CO saga begins on a Mobile Bay battlefield at the close of the Civil War. (Brendon’s great grandfather left his leg on a Vicksburg battlefield and his grandfather lost an eye defending the honor of the Northern gal he married and brought South from Indiana.) Twenty-three-year-old Confederate doctor Campbell McCool inadvertently kills a teenaged Yankee soldier after peace had been declared. He vows to his young victim to seek-out the lad’s family in an effort somehow to help them reconcile their son’s not returning from the war. Starting out on this trek (unsuccessfully endeavoring to emulate the circuit-riding preacherman role of his clergyman father in an effort to redeem his own life) he is mockingly joined by a spirited and irrepressible nine-year-old black lad named Tademus Co who’s on a mission of his own to locate his father who had joined-up with a Northern regiment of black soldiers. This unlikely duo, traveling in post-Civil War America, encounters a myriad of obstacles along their journey of redemption.

Thus, our saga commences, and should you saddle-up with our pair, Cam and Tad, your life will be inexorably altered. In sharing this personal history with a never-before so-wanting a world, it’s the author’s ambition that its message may be inspirational as well as an entertaining and enriching reading experience that will be visited and revisited.

About the Author 

Norman Brendon Boone, Jr. was born on February 26, 1938, in Meridian, Mississippi, to the Reverend Dr. Norman Boone, Sr. and Leola (Speed) Boone. After studying architecture, English and theology (first at Georgia Tech and then at Emory University) Brendon transferred to the prestigious theater arts program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where his portrayal of ‘Sakini’ in the Annie Russell Theater stage production of TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON won widespread acclaim and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers. After a brief stint studying in New York, Brendon was summoned to Hollywood to star in THE JAMES BOYS as ‘Jessie James’. With this series project shelved, 20th Century Fox cast him in an opening cameo in FANTASTIC VOYAGE just to get a look at him on the big screen. While this assignment introduced him and Stephen Boyd to a lifelong friendship subsequently leading to their starring together in another film, the studio seemed too sluggish to Brendon in determining his next assignment which netted his writing and starring in his own project, THE TORMENTED YEARS with Jane Russell’s brother Jamie directing. The next career progression had Brendon’s winning the coveted continuing role of ‘Roman Bedford’ in RAWHIDE. The episode, DUEL AT DAYBREAK, which introduced his character graced him with the strong supporting players, Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson, though the series was facing its demise with the transition from black and white to color. ABC hired Brendon to create the role of ‘Chief’ in ASSAULT!, a WWII Pacific theater series pilot which ultimately aired as a special on ABC. After guest-starring roles on TV in such shows as BONANZA and THE VIRGINIAN, ABC rehired Brendon to recreate the role of ‘Chief’ in another WWII action series, GARRISON’S GORILLAS, as the enigmatic, knife-wielding half-breed Indian which earned him Golden Globe Award recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the category: Most Popular TV Star - Male. Career milestones to follow included his portrayal of ‘Hawk’ in GUNSMOKE, yielding the highest rating in the series’ history, an accomplishment acknowledged in full-page trade paper ads (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and THE DAILY VARIETY) by both CBS and series star/co-owner James Arness. Rejecting the notion of perpetuating HAWK as a series spin-off, Brendon turned to guest-starring roles in several episodes of QUINCY, ME and EMERGENCY. This followed with other episodic outings in such as FALCON CREST, FANTASY ISLAND, JAKE AND THE FAT MAN, AIRWOLF, B.J. AND THE BEAR, CODE RED, KNIGHT RIDER, ADAM-12, THE NEW DRAGNET, SWITCH, NIGHT WATCH, THE RED SKELTON SHOW, a GOMER PYLE, USMC trilogy, and SUPERIOR COURT with Raymond St. Jacques, not to mention forays into daytime serials with stints on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and GENERAL HOSPITAL. Intermittent were starring roles in TV movies, including THE STEEL INFERNO, THE HANGED MAN, DEATH RACE and THE HOSTAGE HEART, along with the mini-series HANGING BY A THREAD and THE NIGHT THE BRIDGE FELL DOWN. In the international co-production theatrical feature motion picture, THE BIG GAME (with locations in Cape Town, South Africa, Rome, and Hong Kong) Brendon starred with France Nuyen as his love interest, Stephen Boyd - his confidant, Ray Milland as his father and Cameron Mitchell rounding out the cast.

Brendon's strong and abiding faith was instilled early and evolved through a lifetime of experiences. From his Southern upbringing during the turbulent Civil Rights era when his father was serving as the President of the Mississippi Ministerial Association, Brendon’s affinity for his brethren intensified through the years. From these early struggles for Civil Rights in the deep South to Brendon’s single-father experiences raising his son (Norman Brendon Boone, III) emerges his PREACHER AND CO - a story of love, brotherhood, loyalty and redemption.

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