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Radio and Television personality, Joe Martelle, Author of Radio Pro,
the definitive book on personality radio presents a comprehensive
overdue portrait of one of Hollywood's all-time popular actors,
Robert Urich. In this first and only authorized biography, Martelle
paints a personal portrait of his late friend's life and career.
With riveting story-telling thanks to unprecedented access to Urich's
personal journal, the author masterfully weaves the actor's own words
with his narrative, obtained from countless interviews with Bob's late
wife, Heather Menzies Urich, family members, friends, classmates
and co-workers to reveal a compelling insight into a complex man who
for three decades was the one of Hollywood and television's most popular stars.
Urich starred in a record 16 television series, including Vega$, Spenser: For Hire and the popular CBS mini-series Lonesome Dove.
However, Bob's greatest role as the author describes was
spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and his six-year
battle with cancer. Traveling across America, preaching the gospel of
survival, Robert Urich served as an inspiration to thousands dealing with their own
disease and urging them never to quit or give up hope for a cure.
Previously, unreleased family photo's capture touching moments of the
actor's life, including those taken during his final years.
Robert Urich's handsome face, complete with his boyish grin was
familiar to television viewers for well over 30 years, but until now, little
was known about his off-screen life, because of his intense privacy. His
personal life remained in the shadows. This in-depth biography reveals
everything you ever wanted to know about the actor's life and career.
A consummate professional, Urich shunned the Hollywood spotlight, but was
tenacious in his attempt to be the very best in everything he undertook. As
Martelle points out, "Bob was a really good guy, who loved acting, but loved
his family more." As you will read, Robert Urich did lead an extraordinary life
and his story told here will remain the definitive biography.
Joe Martelle was a popular radio and television air personality for over 40
years. His on-air career began in his home state of Maine, where he was
inducted in the Maine Radio & TV Hall of Fame in 2013. Joe was one of
Boston's most beloved radio performers for 20 years. In addition to his morning-
drive show on 98.5-WROR, he also hosted the most popular all-request oldie
show in the history of Boston radio. Saturday Nite 'Live' at the Oldies was #1 for
12 consecutive years. While on radio in Boston, he pulled double-duty as host
of several television programs, including an afternoon movie on Ch.-68 and a kids
show TV-POW on the local Fox TV affiliate. Joe's radio career also includes on-air
stints in Cincinnati at WLW, KLDE Houston and Sunny 104.5 in West Palm Beach.
Joe and his wife Kimmie live in the tranquil mountains of Western Colorado, where
they share the land with their numerous four-legged friends.
Joe Martelle may be reached through his publisher at www.BearManorMedia.com.
From Terry Hunter, high school classmate of Robert Urich:
Just wanted you to know that the website sent me your bio of Bob a few days ago and I'm already 350 pages in. It's terrific. I'm really enjoying it and learning so much about the man that I didn't know. Your dedication to this project really shines through. It's a prodigious achievement. I'm so glad you wrote it. Of course, it's especially fascinating to me because I knew Bob as a boy--I can see that he had the same personality throughout his life. Anyway, I just wanted to say Congratulations! All your hard work paid off in a big way.
Author's blog on the book, part 1
Author's blog on the book, part 2