About the Book
Here is the uplifting true-life story of world-famous champion armless Golfer Tommy McAuliffe (1893-1967). Through the turmoils of the Great Depression, the golden days of Vaudeville and World War II, Tommy McAuliffe, who lost both arms in a tragic streetcar accident at the age of nine, thrilled audiences around the world with his golf tricks and later in life touched their hearts with this inspiring story and life philosophy. One of the original positive thinking proponents of his “No Handicaps” approach has touched thousands via articles, appearances and broadcasts. Among his many accomplishments: Author, Radio Host, Actor, Speaker, Newspaper Reporter, Magazine Publisher, Farmer and near-Par Golfer. In the mid-1930s he worked with the Roosevelt administration to enact laws protecting the handicapped. He is in the process of being nominated to the PGA Hall of Fame.
About the Author
Tom Patrick McAuliffe is an Author living on Florida’s Emerald Coast with his wife Sharon and cat Gigi. He is a former Photojournalist with the US Navy’s Combat Camera Group and a graduate of the DOD’s Mass Communications program at Syracuse University. A magazine Editor and Writer with more than 25 years of by-lines he has written two new books; ‘Mr. Mulligan-The life of Champion Armless Golfer Tommy McAuliffe’ and he has edited ’No Handicaps’ first written in 1939. He has 2 more books planned for this year one on General ’Nuts!’ McAuliffe from WW2 and another book on MLB Baseball Player Dick McAuliffev.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
This is about Ripley’s Believe it or Not Alum and world-famous armless Golfer Tommy McAuliffe
He lost both of his arms in a tragic streetcar accident and over the course of his life taught himself how to shoot near par golf, operated a typewriter, answer the phone, and live a happy successful life. He traveled the world in the 1930s and 40s doing golf exhibitions and giving positive thinking talks. Later in life, he worked with the Roosevelt administration to help establish laws protecting those with disabilities. This book is an inspirational look at his life and accomplishments.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
I hate to say “everyone” but really in this case it’s true. Anyone needing an inspirational and uplifting story that will make you want to get up off your backside and accomplish something in life will enjoy this book. I have tried to stay out of the way of the story and let it kill itself. Anyone who is into golf, anyone who has a challenge to overcome anyone who needs some uplifting Will enjoy this book.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
I tend to like unconventional quirky writers like Hunter S Thompson, PJ O’Rourke, Dave Marsh. I tend to like nonfiction true stories that I’ve gone untold and have a twist. I also like Stephen King because he writes so descriptively and scares the hell out of me. I also like Tom Clancy and James Patterson because they provide such great detail and background about the environment their characters are in.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Writer’s write! If you’re not writing every day in your journal you are not giving your talent the full opportunity to blossom. Sit down and hit those keys… Sure the original copy might be drivel but you can always come back and improve it and you’ll find it once you start that flow you’ll get to a place where you can actually create something special.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
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