98 Year Old Writes His First Book

August 28, 2012 Deborah Wilbrink

Thad Martin has completed his perfect memoir, That’s the Gist of It, The Autobiography of Thaddeus Martin at age 98! It was a joy to work with Thad and his family. His memory sparkled and he has a very dry wit. I hoped to retain that style, using his own words and family photos.  It’s available to preview or buy at the print-on-demand site http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3464995 . The following excerpt is from Thad’s press release for his book. He’s on the front page of the August 23rd issues of the Green Hills News, Belle Meade News, West Meade News, West Side News, Bellevue News, Nashville Today Hermitage News and Donelson News!


“That’s the Gist of It” is about an ordinary life of an ordinary man. About family values, universal joys and universal sorrows. Thad’s life was all about simplicity, honesty, faithfulness – and hard work!

His story begins in Flat Creek, Tennessee, 1914, as he grows up through the Great Depression, fights for the best education available, and assists the introduction of electricity to the rural homes. The coming of World War II changed the life of Thad and his family forever. They moved to the urban, eastern ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia to outfit men-of-war. Thad became a union electrician and his wife Marie opened her own beauty salon. In the 70’s Thad and Marie became enamored with travel on the nation’s highways and began vacationing in a motorhome. They retired to Arizona, but eventually moved back to Middle Tennessee, near their son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. With Marie’s passing in 2008, Thad began to think about preserving their story. In 2012, with the help of Perfect Memoirs, he wrote and released their story.



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