TRAVELOGUES: FORTY YEARS OF FILMING THE WORLD
“You should write a book.”
Those are the words filmmaker Doug Jones has heard time and time again. Yes, over the years he had thought about it, but the question aways was, should he write a book about his life making travelogues, or more completely, a book about his life. Jones chose the later: Travelogues: Forty Years filming the World with a subtitle: A Life.
Jones said one of the reasons for writing the book was to make sure there was a record of the halcyon days of the travelogue business: when travelogues shows packed the biggest auditoriums across the nation.
It was in the late 1960s, the Travelogue business was reaching its zenith when Jones began producing films. Looking back he remembers night after night walking onto stages of the most prestigious auditoriums in North America. He would often speak to a near sell-out house, relating his travels and the adventures that took him into 68 countries.
On a more personal level Jones also tells his story on how he coped with the rigors of a traveling job and the toll that it took on his relationships, romantic and otherwise. Jones is openly gay. He is grateful to the travelogue business for allowing him to simply be himself.
He relates that later, when the auditorium lecture business began to ebb and the home entertainment business appeared, he was one of the first to be on the forefront. He had produced many films and was ready for the video revolution. His "The Great Canadian Train Ride" sold over a million copies.
Jones talks about Jim Metcalf, one of the great early travel filmmakers who flew his plane to do his shows. Doug was a passenger on one of those flight in Jim’s Cessna 172. Jones says, “When the trip ended I was champing at the bit to get an airplane – which I did and I flew my Cessna 310 to all my shows for years.” Jones logged over three thousand hours in the air and sixty coast-to-coast flights.
“If you read the book” Doug said, “You will learn more about me than you perhaps want to know." But the stories are interesting, from his boy-wonder “Wizard of the Strings” banjo playing days to some harrowing, white-knuckle tales at 16,000 feet...alone...in the cockpit, facing mother nature when she was in a particularly foul mood.”
The story takes place before cable television and video. It is about an era of entertainment when the industry was at its peak. It was a time across the country when there were thousands of live-lecture travelogue film series. Patrons packed auditoriums to see these films. For some it was to learn about places they would like to visit, for others, to relive past trips abroad. Jones gave over six thousand travelogue lectures, all of which he narrated live from the stage, Jones was one of the stars.
His new memoir, has over a hundred photographs and covers a life story, both personal and professional. It includes an array of observations about everything, from world travel to Broadway, aviation to show business, the many relationships and colorful people he has known. His story is told with honesty and humor: a life well lived.
The Los Angeles times wrote, “The quality of the Doug Jones Travelogues is first rate.” Doug hopes you find his book the same.
There are several ways to order the print edition and the eBook. https://secure.myBookOrders.com/order/doug-jones
Additionally, Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Travelogue-Forty-Years-Filming-World/dp/0997963204/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1492621018&sr=8-1
Barnes and Noble, and Google Books also carry the title online.
For a personally inscribed copy, send a check for $19.95 plus $4.50 shipping and handling ($24.45) to:
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