No Instructions Needed: An American Boyhood in the 1950s

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A long-gone time in which children were expected to amuse themselves. A curious, creative boy whose parents encouraged his explorations and obsessions. An affectionate memoir of boyhood.

Award-winning artist Robert Hewitt shares the experience of what it was like to be a boy in 1950s America when he filled the family sunroom with model trains, raided the refrigerator for chocolate milk, sneaked firecrackers across state lines in a suitcase brought back from visits to his indulgent grandparents, and with his best friend - another science nut - scavenged alleys for project parts.

It was a time of boredom in school, fun in the Boy Scouts, growing fascination with girls, and encounters of the scary kind with over-protective fathers. There was the first car that mysteriously knew to the penny how much money he'd made that weekend bagging groceries - and shaped its repair needs accordingly. There was the brand-new second car that demanded dangerous accessories. And there was the girl, the special girl, who almost stripped its gears, yet remained an object of desire.

Here's a warm picture of growing up in a more-innocent time in a pleasant neighborhood where everyone knew everyone else - and what they'd been up to - and were quick to pick up a phone and share that news. And there was the family, long-suffering but loving, which provided the supportive environment that made all this possible.

Buy No Instructions Needed: An American Boyhood in the 1950s today to glimpse a past that really was another country, where boys did do things differently. It was a lot of fun. Illustrated with sixty pen-and-ink illustrations.

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No Instructions Needed: An American Boyhood in the 1950s was prompted by learning that my old high school had been demolished. I'll admit that, when I heard the news, part of me almost rejoiced. But then I began to remember what it was like to grow up in that time and place and I understood, maybe fully for the first time, what a great childhood it was. And I was literally compelled to commemorate this past that was so different from childhood today.

About the Author:

Robert G. Hewitt - who majored in fine art in college - has spent much of his professional career as a graphic designer and public relations executive. He now focuses on painting in various media - watercolor, acrylic, oil, and multimedia - and is represented by various galleries. No Instructions Needed: An American Boyhood in the 1950s is his first book.

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