Our Conversations: The Early Years: 1965-1972

I got acquainted with Mike Phelps when he made a comment regarding an exchange I had with some of my facebook friends.

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  • Language ▸ English
  • Pages ▸ 360 Page
  • Editions ▸ eBook, Paperback
  • ISBN ▸ 0988777827
  • Amazon ASIN ▸ B00MX6VPYE
  • Published ▸ September 27, 2014

Relationships are unique. One on ones, even more so. So grateful that Michael Phelps brought us inside his special friendship and relationship with David Janssen. God Bless him for coming along when he did & for being a confidante and outlet for a man being pulled in so many directions by so many people (and many who no doubt had ulterior and self-serving motives & cared little about Dave the man). I honestly could not put the book down. I found myself cheering, worrying, praying & crying right along with Dave's Mike. I even went back to old pages to check the dates, vicariously waiting for the next call. I was hesitant to read the final years because I knew I would not want to put it down & I would find myself wanting more. And even though all who loved and love DJ want more of the man, I realize Mike must keep parts of his friendship in his heart. What a blessing this friendship was for you both. Too many believe all the gossip, the negatives, the salacious & scandalous garbage they read without question, never having met the subject of their interest. Well, Mike gets us as close as possible to Dave in Dave's words & we are the better for knowing. He does not whitewash, he does not embellish. He simply relates the story of a special bond & friendship that will never be diminished by time, space or judgmental people who never even knew David Janssen. Highly recommend it. Bravo, Mike. BRAVO!

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“What impresses me is the flavor and cadence of the writing. They were all David. It was a joy to read and brought back so many memories of my own.” – Les Lannom, actor

“I didn’t feel like I was reading a book; instead, it felt like I was listening to actual conversations taking place. It was an honor to see the friendship between Phelps and Janssen grow throughout the years.” – author, Norma Budden

Michael Phelps crossed paths with David Janssen, star of The Fugitive TV series, when working security detail at a party Janssen was attending in Los Angeles.

Little did either anticipate that one conversation would be the beginning of a friendship which would span 15 years – up to the time of Janssen’s unexpected passing.

Michael Phelps, co-author of David Janssen – My Fugitive, written with Ellie Janssen (David Janssen’s first wife) was encouraged to write about his friendship with the star.

After giving it some thought, Phelps decided to make an attempt at providing Janssen’s fans with a glimpse into the heart and soul of David Janssen, the man he was when not in front of the camera’s eye.

Phelps re-visited hundreds of conversations he and Janssen shared about various subjects including his marriage to, and divorce from, Ellie Janssen; his relationship with Rosemary Forsyth; his thoughts about the people he held close to his heart; his alleged womanizing and drinking habits; his impressions of the various people he met in the acting business, from producers, directors and writers to the actors themselves; his courtship, marriage to (and planned divorce from) Dani Greco; his thoughts about certain roles and characters he played and a host of other subjects.

Alas! David Janssen – Our Conversations was born, an undertaking which would take in excess of four years to complete, a memoir in which Phelps shares many of the conversations he and David shared with the world but, especially, David Janssen’s fans.

This story is told in two volumes because of its length. Be sure to check out the second part of the story, David Janssen – Our Conversations: The Final Years.

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