posted 05/19/06 11:34 AM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who bought a copy of "Me and Uncle Bing". While it is not a great literary work of art, it seems to have renewed some pleasant memories for many people. Some Club members have even sent me a note saying "thank you" for writing the book.
I have received many kind and positive remarks, a wonderful book review, and a couple of "bravos". Quite a few people sent me notes or e-mails saying: "I throughly enjoyed your book" and "it was a pleasure to read", "I found it immensely satisfying - warm hearted and entertaining", "I highly recommend it", and finally, "it brought a tear to my eye". It has all been very gratifying, thank you so much, and to those skeptics who think the book is fiction, or that I have ignored uncle Bing's shortcomings, I can only tell you about my own personal relationship with the man, as the title indicates.
posted 05/21/06 07:05 AM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
I can only say that I enjoyed being allowed to hear about your personal memories of your uncle Bing and if there is any criticism it would be that it wasn't longer or more detailed (I would have loved to hear more about the Academy Awards you went to etc!). The main point the book gets across clearly is what a caring and considerate man Bing was to the people he loved. It re-inforced the fact he didn't like or tolerate 'artificial people' but only responded to those who were genuine and weren't 'users'. It also showed how much he enjoyed his family - both immediate and extended - and regardless of his busy schedule, made time for them. Thanks for writing it and hope you have a lot of success with it.
P.S. The only factual mistake I found (which I'm sure has already been pointed out to you) is with the song titles Bing recorded with Dixie. They were "A Fine Romance" and "The way you look tonight" not "Let's call the whole thing off" as mentioned. (Sorry - I shouldn't be so picky!)
posted 05/22/06 11:10 AM Central Time (US) no email address given
I, too, have just finished my copy of "Me And Uncle Bing", and found it thoroughly enjoyable and informative. I can't wait until Father's Day to give my dad his copy. A wonderful side benefit are the stories and observations about Dixie Lee Crosby that have given more insight into this woman than I have ever had, and have been longing for for. I found Carolyn's deduction that most people who now have a low opinion of Bing, did not read Gary Crosby's book, but read or heard about the book. Someone in work recently mentioned to someone else that I was a big Bing Crosby fan. She responded, "Oh, the child and wife beater".
Where did wife beater come from? That just goes to show you how these accusations get expanded with each retelling without any basis in fact. Of course, I quickly told her that she was the only person I had ever met, or read, that accused Bing of being a wife beater, including son, Gary.
My only disappointment in "Me And Uncle Bing" was the quality of the photograph reproductions in the book. That not withstanding, I unreservedly recommend this book to any true Bing Crosby fan as a must have.
posted 05/22/06 12:51 PM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
I´m waiting since many weeks on my copy of Me And Uncle Bing from Carolyn (hope that got not lost in the mail!).
Jim-the same accusation-Bing as wife beater-I have heard from my aunt more than 20 years ago as she recognized,that I am a big Crosby fan.She must read that stuff in any German magazine,which have certainly copied it from any American or British sources.I have read today in "The Crosby Voice" two old newspaper articles about Dennis suicide (even Carolyn was quotet).The first one tried to make Bing to an unhuman,brutal monster,that liked to beat his children especially on Christmas bloody,the second article was more differentiating.I think Bing have certainly done many things wrong in education,but I can´t believe in that accusations-that would be something like Dr Jekill and Mr Bing. But I will not believe that and I hope Carolyn´s book will tell me some nice memories about Bing as human-with his mistakes and his nice charakter.
The only two "facts" I am thinking on Bing as wife beater are The Big Broadcast and We´re Not Dressing-but that were "films" and also in many great German comedies of that time it was "in" to beat his stubborn wife.That´s naturally total outdated!!
posted 05/22/06 02:43 PM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
Monday is my birthday (which I share with Bob Hope and President Kennedy), but today, for me, is Bingday. Today's mail brought me my autographed copy of Carolyn's "Me and Uncle Bing" as well as a gift from my daughter: a videotape of "College Humor," one of the few VHS tapes of Bing's movies that I had been without. At the same time, I'm enjoying Bing Magazine. I'm anxious to enjoy the book, the tape and the rest of Bing magazine, but I hope to take plenty of time to savor them. Also, let me at my thanks to Steven for this site; in the short time since I discovered it, the site has brought me much joy. Steven, I wonder if you really know how much your site, and your work, is appreciated. Just saying "thanks" surely isn't enough.
posted 05/22/06 04:22 PM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
Carolyn Schneider's book, 'Me and Uncle Bing' is a pleasing complement to 'Troubadour', Norman Wolfe's well researched, mainly objective examination of Bing's life and work. In contrast, Carolyn simply recalls her memories of an uncle for whom she clearly felt much affection. Through her stories, she does more to dispel the image of Bing the villain than any amount of rationale and debate could achieve. I found the book a very satisfying read and would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in discovering Bing's 'real personality'.
posted 05/22/06 05:13 PM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
To the best of my knowledge, the "Wife-beater" rep came courtesy of Joan Rivers, during her talk-show period, who (with the usual sensitivity and care that she's become noted for) made the crack during one of her shows or monologues, and just tossed it off as if it was a "given". I don't know what happened to Rivers; she used to be a brilliant monologist in the 60s, along the lines of an early Woody Allen. Somewhere during the 80s she turned into something quite different, and Bing became one of her scatter-shot victims at that point.
Carolyn - I loved your book! It's a delightful, poignant look at Bing and your whole family.
Somehow, you HAVE to contact the folks at AMAZON and get them to arrange to have your book turn up during a search for books about Bing, as I'm sure it will increase your sales considerably! Right now, it doesn't come up when you search "Bing Crosby" in "books", while that Goran novel "Bing Crosby's Last Song" for instance, comes up, and THAT book isn't even about Bing! I hope you get that done, as it was really a very enjoyable read, and something that casual Crosby searchers on the internet shouldn't have to miss out on, just because of an AMAZON.COM glitch.
posted 05/22/06 05:39 PM Central Time (US) no email address given
Arne, Joan Rivers still does her standup routine occasionally; she is currently touring on the Joan Rivers Farewell Tour. But as Sinatra found out, it is hard to say goodbye. Joan is the female version of Don Rickles. At least folks from my generation will understand what that means. On the other hand, Joan Collins is another story.