Serendipitous Hodgepodge & the Kitchen Sink

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Serendipitous Hodgepodge & the Kitchen Sink

I created a title I hope gives an intriguing hint of the book’s content — a hodgepodge mostly of true experiences I wanted to write about, but not one of which by itself is of book or short story length.
I chose Serendipitous because many of the experiences happened entirely by chance and turned out to be extraordinary and wonderfully amazing. I added & the Kitchen Sink to give me an excuse to include other totally unrelated items I tacked on simply because I wanted to and had no other publication in which to place them.
This publication is the first in which I have permitted myself to write about personal experiences. Some involve meeting totally by chance a number of famous people. A few others are tributes to people who were life-changing mentors even though neither they nor I knew it at the time. Still others are about people and events I found fascinating, or tragic, as is my personal remembrance of the 1970 plane crash in which 36 members of the Marshall University football team and 39 others perished.

What readers say about the book🧐

This is the third book from George Arnold that I have read and I have loved them all. I love his writing style. And, as he says in the book, this one is unlike anything else he has written. It is a great read and particularly his writings about the Marshall University football team plane crash, the great basketball player Bevo Francis, the meeting and being with Robert Kennedy. And you will have a great laugh at his "grammarholic confession". I love to share his books with my relatives and friends.

Arnold Walker

(Amazon Review)
About the Author

George T. Arnold

An international award-winning author, George T. Arnold, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University. His books available on Amazon include a textbook/resource book for students and professional writers, Media Writer’s Handbook, a Guide to Common Writing and Editing Problems, in its seventh edition and third decade of continuous publication; a short story, One Minute Past Christmas; one collection of articles, Serendipitous Hodgepodge & the Kitchen Sink; and two novels, Wyandotte Bound and Old Mrs. Kimble’s Mansion, both published by Speaking Volumes under traditional contracts.


He worked full-time as a newspaper news and sports reporter to finance bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marshall, and he has a doctorate in mass communications/journalism from Ohio University. Dr. Arnold taught journalism at Marshall for 36 years.

His textbook has been purchased at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad and has sold more than 40,000 copies. Its first edition was published in 1995 by Brown & Benchmark and editions two through six were published by McGraw-Hill. Because the sixth edition price had risen to $86.50, Dr. Arnold requested and received his full publication rights back from McGraw-Hill and self-published the seventh edition on Amazon, reducing the print book price 75% to $22. An Ebook is available for $9.99.

Teachers may obtain a workbook for students and an instructor’s manual free by email upon request. These publications may be used to supplement writing and editing classes or to provide a complete language skills course. (Email requests to gtarnold@comporium.net).

The workbook contains 30 class lessons and 64 exercises. The manual has 30 quizzes — one for each of the 30 class lessons — and answers and explanations for each of the 64 exercises. in addition, the 30 lessons are divided into three 100-point tests and are combined in a 300-point comprehensive final examination. Half of each of the three tests and all of the final examination can be graded by computer. “Test Yourself’ questions and answers for applicable chapters are placed at the end of the textbook.

In 2022, his textbook received the Gold Medal first-place award in the non-fiction/education division of the Readers’ Favorite 2021 Book Awards competition. also in 2022, his novel, Wyandotte Bound, received a first-place selection in the Laramie Awards division of the Chanticleer 2021 International Book Awards competition.

A native West Virginian, Dr. Arnold lives in South Carolina and may be contacted at gtarnold@comporium.net. and visit the website https://drgeorgetarnold.com/

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