Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks

My Surreal Summers in A Vanishing America

Book - 2019
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Before there was 'tourism' and souvenir ashtrays became 'kitsch,' the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri-La for middle-class Midwestern families on vacation, complete with man-made beaches, Hillbilly Mini Golf, and feathered rubber tomahawks. It was there that television host Bill Geist spent summers in the sixties during his school and college years, working at Arrowhead Lodge -- a small resort owned by his bombastic uncle -- in all areas of the operation, from cesspool attendant to bellhop. What may have seemed just a summer job became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small-town characters and experiences shaped (some might suggest 'slightly twisted') Bill into the man he is today. It was this time in his life that had a direct influence on his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed creatures for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and CBS News. Geist takes readers back to a bygone era, and demonstrates how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, [2019]
ISBN: 9781538729809
Branch Call Number: B Geist 2019
Characteristics: xii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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