Going Wild with FordaBirds Volume One: 1969-1979 by John Andreoni

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A collection of the best columns written from 1969 to 1979 by outdoor enthusiast John Andreoni. If you lived the ’70s outdoors, you’ll copy on Andreoni’s folksy, easygoing, mostly fire-person tales. If you weren’t there for the fun firsthand, turn to page one and get educated.

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Thank goodness John Andreoni survived the ’70s and has lived to tell about it, again, in Going Wild With Forda Birds. This is outdoors writing in the genre’s finest tradition — Andreoni was there, lived it, and faithfully told his weekly newspaper audience in St. Marys, Ohio, about it with wit, humor, a sense of place, and even a drop or two of wisdom from time to time. For whatever convoluted reasons, he chose to select the enclosed columns from the decade’s menagerie and doesn’t just offer them up. He precedes each offering with pithy, often self-effacing, amusing commentary that, from the vantage point of nearly 40 years, ices the cake. It’s all there — politics in the outdoors over guns or game, how he was his dad’s bird dog when there still were pheasants, the coming of the wild turkey, the going of the quail, the great blizzards of ’77 and ’78, dabs of local history on the Miami & Erie Canal and more, like fishing life on Grand Lake St. Marys. Even a 1976 Bicentennial special about fictional Sean McQuae, an Irish canal digger. If you lived the ’70s outdoors, you’ll copy on Andreoni’s folksy, easygoing, mostly fire-person tales. If you weren’t there for the fun firsthand, turn to page one and get educated.

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