A friend showed Scott Craig a book entitled "Maine Humor." The friend, who had gone to school in that state and could do the accent, read some of the stories aloud. Like the farmer trying in vain to give directions to a stranger, finally in complete exasperation saying, "You know, you just can't get there from here." Craig laughed. The tales were truly humorous, but a thought occurred to him: "I'll bet we are just as funny right here in our own northern Michigan Leelanau County. Maybe even funnier " So he set off the prove it. He travelled to coffee clubs, barbershops, kitchens, parlors, porches and taverns. He scoured past issues of the "Leelanau Enterprise." At the Leelanau Historical Society, he found songs and poems about many of the county's villages. In all, he gathered yarns and tales from more than a hundred people. Like the "fudgie" who asked the "local" where was the best spot to catch smoked fish? The result is an hilarious collection titled "Laughing in Leelanau or I Swear It's True."
"Although we purchased our Leland home over 20 years ago, we did not move here permanently until three years ago. I asked Mark Carlson whether that made us 'locals.' Mark said 'no, you are now perma-fudgies.' I didn't fully understand until I read Scott Craig's new book. It is great medicine during these times of quarantine." -Richard Rossman, Executive DirectorNational Association of Former U.S. Attorneys
"With Craig's first book, The Story Next Door, I could tell within the first page I was in the hands of a great storyteller. With Laughing In Leelanau, I knew within the first few words I was in for some great laughs." -Jeff Probst, Host of the CBS television reality show, 'Survivor'
"Scott Craig and I worked together in Chicago for twenty years where he was producing numerous national award-winning documentaries for NBC, CBS and PBS. I knew him as an excellent storyteller but not until I read this book did I truly appreciate his unique ability to recognize and capture the warm and down-home humor of Northern Michigan." -Ed Spray, Co-Founder of the Home and Garden Television Network
"At least one smile on every page Fun, engaging, and a valuable contribution to the history of The County." -Ron Jolly, Morning Radio Host, WTCM, Traverse City
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- ISBN-13: 9781950659517
- ISBN-10: 1950659518
- Publisher: Mission Point Press
- Publish Date: June 2020
- Dimensions: 7.99 x 5 x 0.35 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.38 pounds
- Page Count: 152