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Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist
Posted August 18, 2006

Here is the official press release for the book Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, by Sandra Grabman from the book's publisher BearManor Media.

Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist

The anticipated book release of Pat Buttram's biography

August 18, 2006

"The astronauts left an eight million dollar car on the moon, and brought home a bag of rocks. That's the same deal I got when I traded my car in at Cal's used car dealer."
– Pat Buttram

Boalsburg, Pennsylvania – BearManor Media will soon be releasing the biography of one of America's most gifted funny men. The book, entitled Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, is scheduled for a September 30, 2006, release. Buttram is most well known for playing Gene Autry's yodel-y voiced sidekick in film, television, and radio and for his portrayal of Green Acres' hilarious con-man, Mr. Haney.

"My purpose in writing this book is to show the world the Pat Buttram that his peers knew," says biographer Sandra Grabman. "Sure, his characters were hilarious, but did you know that Pat did much of his own writing? Not only that, but he often wrote material for other comedians, too." So brilliant was his wit that he was known as the best after-dinner speaker in Hollywood. People were absolutely charmed that such sophisticated observations were delivered in such a genuine Alabama country-boy manner. To make us laugh was Buttram's ultimate pleasure.

Someone as beloved at Pat Buttram should have had an easy life, but it didn't work out that way. His first marriage caused him much pain and the loss of his child. Later, he was so severely injured when a prop exploded that, if it had not been for his pal Gene Autry, he would have died. Even so, Buttram's strength, bravery, and self control in real life could rival that seen in any John Wayne movie.

To learn about this or other BearManor Media titles, please visit

Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist
ISBN: 1-59393-067-4
Format: Softcover; 6" x 9"
Price: $19.95 plus $3 for postage

About the Author

Sandra Grabman currently resides in Duncan, Oklahoma. After having written articles, mainly about raising a child with disabilities, for specialty magazines for many years, she has now turned her attention to book-length biographies. Her other published books are Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story and Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner.

About BearManor Media

BearManor Media is a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects. BearManor Media specializes books with nostalgic themes like The World of Yesterday, Que Sera, Sera: The Magic of Doris Day Through Television and Jingle of the Silver Spurs: The Hopalong Cassidy Radio Program.

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