Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Harry Thomason author of Brother Dog: Southern Tales and Hollywood Adventures.
Harry Thomason was born in Hampton, Arkansas to a grocer and a Sunday School teacher. He listened to family stories at his mom’s kitchen table and later became the family storyteller at reunions. After attending Southern Arkansas University, he was a football coach at Little Rock McClennan High School. Scratching an old itch to do film work, he took a chance to produce TV commercials that aired on statewide TV. Then he got a job in California, where he is now retired. Sounds pretty mundane… Until you hear Harry Thomason tell it.
Thomason’s childhood escapades included being the target of a bully with a .22 rifle, piloting a homemade airplane off a bar roof, watching a master snake-oil salesman charm the town, and making the town drunk’s day. As Thomason—the award-winning director of the mini-series The Blue and The Gray. Co-producer of TV series like Designing Women and Evening Shade—tells them, these stories and adult exploits touch both the funny bone and the heart. They are collected in a new book, Brother Dog: Southern Tales and Hollywood Adventures, (Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, $22.95 in hardback).
Harry Z. Thomason taught art and coached football at Little Rock McClellan High School in Little Rock before opening a TV production company in Little Rock. With the help of a banker who believed in him and the gracious assistance of a Los Angeles lawyer he couldn’t afford, Thomason began making made-for-TV movies and sitcoms. He was soon joined by his wife, Linda-Bloodworth Thomason. Their lives as a Hollywood power couple are legendary. At age 79, he is a first-time author.