National Adoption Month Spotlight: The Six Million Dollar Adoptee!

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted!  

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Today’s Spotlight: Lee Majors

 Culled mostly from Wikipedia:

 Lee Majors was born born Harvey Lee Yeary on April 23, 1939 and is best known for his roles as Heath Barkley in the TV series The Big Valley, as Colonel Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man and as Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy.

His parents, Carl and Alice Yeary, were both killed in separate accidents (prior to his birth and when he was one year old, respectively). At age two, Majors was adopted by an uncle and aunt and moved with them to Middlesboro, Kentucky.

 

Be sure to visit Abby’s Road on Facebook for more Spotlights!

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“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.

 

Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival


Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


at Barnes and Noble here: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532


and at Smashwords here:
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry

 

 

 

 

 

A (half) pint-sized National Adoption Month Spotlight …

I wonder if she hates still being called Half-Pint?

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted!  

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Culled mostly from Wikipedia: Melissa Gilbert was born in Los Angeles on May 4, 1964 (like the author she also turned 50 this year…) to David Darlington and Kathy Wood, and was put up for adoption immediately after her birth. She was adopted one day later by actor and comedian Paul Gilbert, whose real name was Ed MacMahon (can you imagine…) and Barbara Crane, whose father creates The Honeymooners.  The couple later adopted a son, Jonathan, who co-starred on Little House on the Prairie.  They had a biological daughter Sara Rebecca Abeles (the actress known professionally as Sara Gilbert of “Rosanne” fame)  in 1975.

Melissa is known for her turbulent run for president of the Screen Actors Guild against Valerie Harper in 2001 and mostly known for her childhood role as Laura Ingells Wilder in the “Little House on the Prairie” series from 1973 – 1984, a wholesome family series where each week, to paraphrase “WKRP”, someone either died in a fire or of a horrible disease…

 

Be sure to Like “Abby’s Road page on Facebook for more adoption bios – including Steve Jobs and Kristin Chenoworth!

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“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.

 

Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival


Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


at Barnes and Noble here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532


and at Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Moses! Today’s National Adoption Month Spotlight is …

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted!  I got some grief for featuring a fictious character yesterday, so from now on – no more fictitious characters based on mythical tropes! Today’s spotlight: MOSES!

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From Wikipedia: Moses’ Hebrew mother hid him when the Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed because of a prophecy of a messianic deliverer among the Hebrew slaves. He was put in a basket and floated down the Nile. The Pharaoh’s sister found the basket and adopted the child who grew up with the Egyptian royal family to become Charlton Heston.

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“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.

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Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival


Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


at Barnes and Noble here: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532


and at Smashwords here:
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry

 

The Most Famous Adoptee of All! National Adoption Month Spotlight on…

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted! Today, in honor of my Fiftieth Birthday – the most famous adoptee of all!

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Born Kal-el on the planet Krypton, he was rocketed to earth by his birth parents, Jor-el and Lara just before Krypton exploded into radioactive rubble.

Landing on earth in the mid-western United States, his ship was discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who adopted the foundling and named him Clark, Martha’a maiden name.

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Imbued with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American Way against the most ruthless of villains hell-bent on their quest for his destruction; including Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and Zak Snyder!

 

The cover of Abby's Road

The cover of Abby’s Road

“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.

 Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival

Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

at Barnes and Noble here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532

and at Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry

 

An election day National Adoption Month spotlight: 2 Presidents!

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted! Check the Abby’s Road Facebook page for more adoptees – this blog will host some of the more interesting and famous!

                   

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In honor of election day, our spotlight is on two Presidents of the United States from both sides of the aisle (in the interest of equal time…) the Honorable Gerald Ford and the Honorable Bill Clinton!

 These two US Presidents are listed as being adopted. This is incorrect – neither were formally or legally adopted by their step-fathers, but each assumed their names.

Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr., on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents separated sixteen days after his birth. His mother married Gerald Rudolff Ford on February 1, 1916.  They then called her son Gerald Rudolff Ford, Jr. The future president was never formally adopted, and he did not legally change his name until December 3, 1935.

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. His father died in an automobile accident three months before Bill was born. His mother later married Roger Clinton. Although he assumed use of his stepfather’s surname, it was not until Billy (as he was known then) turned fifteen that he formally adopted the surname Clinton as a gesture toward his stepfather.

 

The cover of Abby's Road

The cover of Abby’s Road

“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.

 

Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival


Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


at Barnes and Noble here: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532


and at Smashwords here:
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry

 

 

 

 

 

Abby’s Road wins … !!

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Abby’s Road received Honorable Mention in the Biography/Autobiography category at the 2014 Great Midwest Book Festival! The ceremony will be held November 15th in Chicago!

The title is well-named! it is an honor to be mentioned in the same lists as these wonderful authors!

http://www.greatmidwestbookfestival.com/

I can’t believe it either!!!

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“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.

 

Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival (looks good, doesn’t it?)


Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


at Barnes and Noble here: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532


and at Smashwords here:
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry

 

 

National Adoption Month: Spotlight on Nelson Mandela

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted! Check the Abby’s Road Facebook page for more adoptees – this blog will host some of the more interesting and famous!

Today’s spotlight is on Nelson Mandela!

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 When Mandela was 9 years old, his father died of lung disease. Mandela was adopted by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people.  He became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

 

I watched his inauguration live on television. I obtained a copy of his speech and have kept it since. It is one of the most inspiring speeches of history. The text is here: http://www.bet.com/news/global/2013/12/05/transcript-nelson-mandela-s-1994-inauguration-speech.html

“Let there be justice for all.

Let there be peace for all.

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.

Let freedom reign.

The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement!”

1994 Inauguration speech, Nelson Mandela

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“Abby’s Road, the Long and 
Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.

Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival

Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


at Barnes and Noble here: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532


and at Smashwords here:
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry

 

 

 

National Adoption Month: spotlight on Dave Thomas!

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted! Check the Abby’s Road Facebook page for more adoptees – this blog will host some of the more interesting and famous!

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We start with probably the most famous: Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s! He was adopted at 6 weeks by Rex and Auleva Thomas. He became an adoption advocate. https://www.davethomasfoundation.org/ To celebrate I think I’ll have one of their yummy salads!

 

More on Dave Thomas from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Thomas_%28businessman%29#Personal_Life

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“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.


Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


at Barnes and Noble here: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532


and at Smashwords here:
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270

 

The cover of Abby's Road

The cover of Abby’s Road

Copyright 2014 Michael Curry