Anyone interested in reading about American culture after the World War II will enjoy Having the Time of My Life. It represents an important perspective and a piece of national heritage that will one day disappear. Readers will undoubtedly recognize the wisdom Chapel gracefully shares through his words.
HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE is a rich account of Peter Chapel’s life.
Chapel comes from a big family—thirteen children, only eleven of whom grew to adulthood. Here he shares the quality of the family bonding he and his siblings experienced growing up. He includes the memories of his sickly childhood, his challenging coming-of-age years, and his fulfilling adulthood.
With vivid detail Chapel reveals his first love, describing their acquaintance, secret dates, and the sad goodbye. He recalls his pursuit of the girl known by the name Patricia Smith and shares his discovery of her true identity: Lucille Ann Collier, whose stage name was Ann Miller—the actress, dancer, and singer. He shows the loving but covert poetry, music, and messages they shared through the years. At fifty-four, Chapel finally met Patricia Mergens, his future wife. He portrays the unique bond they shared and how their honest relationship came about.
Chapel had some difficult years, uncomfortable moments, and heartrending times, but thanks to his friends and family, his life has been a happy one. –downpour.com
Peter Chapel was born in Manitoba, Canada, in 1919 and moved to New York City at age eighteen. He served in the US Army during World War II, including two years overseas in the Persian Gulf Transport Command, and attended UCLA under the GI Bill of Rights. Since 1951, he has lived in Santa Monica, California. Home improvement and landscaping have been his main hobbies, and he has been happily married for many years.
For this memoir, lovingly-crafted over decades, we brought in the talented Arthur Morey. In addition having taught literature and writing at Northwestern University and winning awards for his own fiction and drama, Arthur has received three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie nomination. He was just the man to voice to Chapel’s story.