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  • Keywords
    • autobiography,
    • personal memoir,
    • twentieth-century southern Ontario,
    • Ontario musicians,
    • RCAF Cold War era,
    • Casino Rama,
    • Stratford Ontario

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My Amazing Hands
by James E. McCarthy

MY AMAZING HANDS HAVE DONE EXTRAORDINARY THINGS! I will tell you about . . . — some extraordinary people My Amazing Hands have met . . . Wayne Gretzky, Vince Gill, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Elliott, and 30 more! — extraordinary places they have been: I sat where Elvis sat in Fun In Acapulco; Naussau; New Orleans, & Mount St. Helens soon after eruption! — and some extraordinary occurrences . . . I got shot at while up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France — while in the R.C.A.F., for example! My Amazing Hands . . . — have performed on television and on the radio and have been in two movies. One of them was a speaking part. The other starred Geena Davis! — have performed various acting roles in many live theatre performances — and have done both lighting and sound. — have been on the Front Page and elsewhere in newspapers. Have been on TV and performed on the radio. — have performed on the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre stage, and elsewhere to audiences of over 3,500 fans. — made three music CDs and recorded at RCA Studios. — played with a Mariachi Band in Mexico. My Amazing Hands also . . . — as Music Director at church, choses the hymns and leads the congregration. — have preached sermons when the pastor was unavailable. — are licensed to fly Cessna, Cherokee, Piper Cub, and Beechcraft aircraft. — have even piloted a huge glider. — are licensed to drive motorcycles of all sizes from 90cc up to and including Honda 1200cc Gold Wing! — were licensed to sell automobiles, trucks, boats, exotic vehicles etc. — were licensed as a coupier and Supervisor at Casino Rama for 10 years! — My Amazing Hands, played . . . SANTA CLAUS . . . in a mall! THESE 79 CHAPTERS CONTAIN A TOTAL OF OVER 180 ADVENTURES. And are organized by years of my life from 1942 (you GOTTA read it) to 2020.(and, yes, I’m now 81 and STILL going strong – singing and acting). I sincerely hope that you will enjoy the adventures of MY AMAZING HANDS!!! JAMES E. McCARTHY

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JAMES E. (JIM) McCARTHY was born in 1942 in Stratford, Ontario. WWII was raging, and, while his father was overseas, Jim and his mother lived with her parents in Stratford. When the war was over, dad took his family to live in Chatham, where Jim attended public school (he skipped a grade), then Goderich, where Jim attended high school. In 1959, Jim joined the RCAF. His Top Secret rating led to MANY adventures. Jim married, then had children. He learned to play drums and guitar, and played with various bands. Later, he was a DJ and a KJ. Over the years, he lived in Stratford, Chatham, Trenton, Niagara Falls, Goderich, Clinton, Belleville, London and Wasaga Beach (now residing there). His interests are in theatre, music, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry . . . learned while renovating his home. He is now (2023), age 81, a devoted Christian and thanks God profusely for his wife, Darla, and peaceful retired life.


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