RPF Member Releases New Book

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Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington, D.C.

Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship member Gary Dreibelbis has a new book to be released by Neely Worldwide Publishing Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington, D.C. which chronicles him growing up in and around D.C. from 1953-'72. "On the day I was born April 17th, 1953, the New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle hit a 565 ft. home run vs. the Washington Senators and out of Griffith Stadium in D.C. My Dad said he hit it because he knew I had arrived. I believed him for years."

Gary saw in person JFK's inauguration parade and funeral procession as well as experiencing the violence of the riots following the assassination of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  "I'll never forget the excitement of the JFK inauguration parade or the silence and sorrow of the funeral procession. My Dad and I watched both from the steps of the Old Post Office Building which is now a Trump Hotel. James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, saved the city of D.C. during the King riots. He was scheduled to do a concert in D.C. but went on local TV and said, 'Dr. King would not have wanted this.' The rioting stopped in an hour."

Gary also talks about fun things such as almost seeing the first Beatles public concert in the U.S. in 1964.  "The Beatles' first public concert was in D.C. 48 hours after they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  I bought a ticket from two older girls down the street. Tickets were $2 and $4. They were willing to give me a ride to the concert. At the last minute my Mother wouldn't let me go."

He also talks about Jim Henson and how he got his start as a teenager on local TV.  "Jim had a five minute show with the Muppets Monday-Friday on WRC-TV while he was attending the University of Maryland. You knew that eventually he would make it big."

A broadcasting career began for Gary as a ten year old paper boy for the Washington Star. He recorded radio commercials for The Star and was known as "Star Boy."

Church was very important for Gary and his family. He talks about growing up in the Baptist church the way Garrison Keillor talks about being a Lutheran.

"You don't have to be a D.C. native to enjoy this book." says Gary.  "The themes are universal and it is written in a style of Jean Sheppard who wrote the film Christmas Story and Garrison Keillor. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss your hard earned money goodbye."

Steve Osunsami, award winning reporter for ABC News says the following about the book: "What a beautiful story that takes me back to the magic of a lost America, when kids still delivered newspapers, when television was young, and families always ate together.  Reading this, I can smell the tang of root beer floats, and hear the hum of those old black and white TVs--I can imagine the ink stains on Gary's hands carrying newspapers.  This is a precious story of an everyday American family in the nation's capital, growing up in a time that current events would change them and the country forever.  What Gary has written is a wonderful love-letter to my birthplace, the District of Columbia."

The book is 400 pages and with 60 photos. Gary will announce when the book is officially released and will be available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.