Filled with charming, breezy stories about the famous and infamous, Diary of a Rich Man’s Kid takes a fascinating trip through the twentieth century, as it reveals Charles C. Pettijohn Jr.’s adventures meeting the rich and famous. The book offers tasty, bite-sized anecdotes of celebrity meetings, perfect for picking up and reading during a quick moment, or on a leisurely weekend afternoon.
Daughter Adrienne Pettijohn first heard the stories herself when her father dictated them to her after retiring from CBS in the mid-1970s. Her father worked long hours while she was growing up, and when they did spend time with him on the weekends, he wanted to enjoy quiet family time. Like his father before him, Charles Pettijohn spent his working life focusing on celebrities rather than promoting himself. He thought his “diary” would be worth a chuckle.
Adrienne pulled out the book manuscript in 2011 after seeing a photograph of Hal Roach, Vittorio Mussolini, and her grandfather in a Hollywood Reporter issue. The image reminded her of her father’s wonderful stories, collected during a childhood surrounded by his parents’ famous friends and acquaintances.
Her ordinary dad met future and current Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan; world political and religious leaders like Benito Mussolini, Pope Pius XII, and J. Edgar Hoover; the former King Edward VIII of Great Britain; Howard Hughes; sports stars Babe Ruth and Knute Rockne; and film stars like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Cher, and David O. Selznick.
The “Diary” shows celebrities dealing with regular situations, revealing “the human side of everybody,” as Pettijohn calls it, but also revealing an easygoing, friendly man who enjoyed life.
These amusing stories capture the evolution of popular culture and American society through the eyes of a wonderful storyteller.
Diary of a Rich Man’s Kid by Charles C. Pettijohn, Jr. contains 160 pages and costs $12.95, available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and wherever books are sold.