I Didn t Bargain for This! is by Mary Mitzi Henderson Perdue, daughter of Sheraton Hotels co-founder Ernest Henderson and widow of Frank Perdue, the chicken magnate. A central theme of the book is Mitzi s behind the scenes stories of what it took to build the Sheraton Chain and the Perdue chicken company. The book examines the attitudes and approaches that helped both her father and husband achieve success. This book is a light-hearted personal story of a woman who raised two sons as a single Mom; graduated from Harvard; bought and managed rice farms and vineyards in Northern California; became president of the oldest and largest American farm women s organization; was for eight years a television hostess and producer; for two years a syndicated radio hostess; and for almost 22 years, a syndicated environmental columnist; served as a United Nations Delegate to the International Conferences on Women in Nairobi; was a Commissioner of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science; and established an award-winning health and fitness organization on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The story begins with her childhood experiences in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as part of a multi-generation New England family. She relates humorous stories about her Dad Ernest Henderson, a business entrepreneur who started Sheraton Hotel Chain with an investment of $ 1,000 and her practical minded socialite Mom who would host parties in the evening after shoveling coal to heat the home during World War II. She recounts her Dad s efforts to promote racial equity and his strong beliefs in fair treatment. Her story describes her first marriage to a former Priest and her second mid-life marriage to Frank Perdue, head of a chicken company that now sells its products in 114 countries. I Didn t Bargain for This is a easy read about Mitzi s life as the daughter of one of America s greatest entrepreneurs and how she chose a life of work and dedication to public causes as an alternative to the celebrity globe-trotting life, she could have pursued. This book is a reminder that the American Dream lives on and public service is a valued American tradition. I Didn t Bargain for This is published by R.J. Myers Publishing and Consulting Company, Washington, D.C.
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Mitzi Perdue holds degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University, is a past president of the 35,000 member American Agri-Women and was one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, a Trustee of the National Health Museum, and Founder of Healthy U of Delmarva, a 9000-member organization which encourages healthy lifestyles through awards for outstanding workplace wellness programs. Most recently, she s authored an iPhone App, B Healthy U, designed to help people track the interactions of lifestyle factors that influence their energy, sleep, hunger, mood, and ability to handle stress. In addition to being a programmer and software developer, Mitzi is also an artist and designer of handcrafted miniature scenes in eggs. To view samples of them, please click: livepage.apple.com. Mitzi is the author of The I Want to EggScapeTM Book, A Quick Guide To Successful Media Appearances a biography of her husband, Frank Perdue, and six cookbooks, including The Farmers' Cookbook series and the Perdue Chicken Cookbook. She is also the author of more than 1600 newspaper and magazine articles on food, agriculture, the environment, philanthropy and politics. She was a syndicated columnist for 22 years, and her weekly environmental columns were distributed first by California s Capitol News and later, by Scripps Howard News Service, to roughly 420 newspapers. To view samples of her philanthropy columns, please click: livepage.apple.com or livepage.apple.com to see samples of her environmental columns. Mitzi also produced and hosted more than 400 half hour interview shows, Mitzi's Country Magazine on KXTV, the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, California. In addition, she hosted and produced more than 300 editions of Mitzi's Country Comments, which was syndicated to 76 stations. Her radio series, Tips from the Farmer to You, was broadcast weekly for two years on the Coast to Coast Radio Network. She is mother of two sons, Jose and Carlos Ayala and widow of the late Frank Perdue, President and CEO of Perdue Farms. Their love affair, friendship and marriage took them around the world and taught Mitzi life s lessons which she shares with readers as Frank Perdue s Ethical Beliefs.
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Book Description R.J. Myers Publishing Company, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111884108024
Book Description R.J. Myers Publishing Company, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Initial Design (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1884108024