Barnaby and Me
by Linn Sheldon
- Softcover, 186 pages, 5 x 7.8 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-886228-42-9
A revealing and hilarious look at [Sheldon's] career, which blossomed along with TV itself. The anecdotes are endless. Sun Newspapers
Amazing but true stories from one of the most beloved figures in Cleveland entertainment history.
For 32 years, he was a six-foot-tall elf named Barnaby. That was the character Linn Sheldon played on television, to the delight of three generations of children—and many grownups, too. The role made him a celebrity and defined not only his career but an entire era of local television.
Barnaby was a masterful storyteller who spun imaginative tales out of thin air to enthrall his audience. But no story Linn Sheldon ever invented for Barnaby even compares with the real-life script he lived himself.
He was caught in a Texas tornado, trapped in quicksand, and survived an airplane fire. He was accused of bank robbery and performed stand-up comedy at the point of a gangster's gun. He was fathered by a drifter, orphaned at birth by his mother's death, and later abandoned as a small, lonely child to fend mostly for himself. He quit high school to hitchhike across the country with little more than a banjo, and landed among the glitter of Hollywood with a job on the lot of MGM studios.
He fell in love—again and again. He broke into stage acting, helped invent television programming in the earliest days of Cleveland's first TV station, and became a celebrity. He made a lot of money—and lost most of it, as he drank away his health and the love of the people he cared about the most.
He sobered up, fought ill health, and fell in love again.
And, now, he looks back. In these 29 stories Linn Sheldon, master storyteller, shares his most intriguing tale yet: that of his own extraordinary life. It is a remarkable mix of melancholy, hilarity, irony, and warmth.
Illustrations: 21 black-and-white photographs
Behind Barnaby's bold-striped jacket, bow tie and straw skimmer is an autobiography with a wealth of good humor, funny adventures and enough dirty linen to dismay a less optimistic personality. Akron Beacon Journal
[Sheldon] is a masterful storyteller whose turbulent and rewarding life is told in 29 stories in this fascinating memoir. Sun Press
A revealing and hilarious look at [Sheldon's] career, which blossomed along with TV itself. The anecdotes are endless. Sun Press
An entertaining account of one of the more significant and enduring Northern Ohio TV pioneers. Northern Ohio Live
Linn Sheldon has no peer as a storyteller. Accordingly, “Barnaby and Me” is anything but a traditional biography. Rather, it is a series of true stories told by a master, and from those stories emerges a compelling portrait of a very complex and very, very funny man . . . Sheldon's stories and insights about early television and the people who pioneered the medium are as delightful as they are unique. Star Beacon
About Linn Sheldon
Linn Sheldon was a pioneer in the early days of television and a groundbreaking children's television host. His character Barnaby was a fixture on Cleveland television for decades. He has won many awards for programming, including two Emmy awards. More About Linn Sheldon
Contains References to:
Actor Memoirs, Alcoholism, Barnaby, Children's Television, Cleveland Actors, Cleveland Entertainers, Cleveland Media, Elves, Enchanted Forest, Linn Sheldon, Local Storytellers, Norwalk, Ohio, Show business, William Saroyan, WKYC TV,