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Classic TV show star featured on 'Power Networking'

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Jon Provost and his friend Barney. Courtesy photo.


LAKE COUNTY – Jon Provost, who starred as Timmy Martin in the “Lassie” series, is scheduled to be interviewed on the local online talk show, Power Networking, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.


Provost will be talking about his just-released autobiography, "Timmy's in the Well: The Jon Provost Story.”


This program will be recorded as a podcast and added to the iTunes Music Store Podcast Directory for distribution as well as on Talkshoe.com. Anyone with a phone and high-speed Internet access is encouraged to participate in the audience and actually ask Jon Provost questions.


All you need is your own personal invitation. To get that invitation, simply send an e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Provost Interview" in the subject line. A special email link will be sent to you to get on the show.


However, it is recommended that everyone desiring to be on the program visit www.talkshoe.com prior to Nov. 17 to freely register and play the Web site demos. That way you become familiar with how the system works.


You will be allowed to call in and access the talk show beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The show should begin promptly at 9 a.m. After about the first 15 minutes, the phone lines should be open for questions from the audience.


"Timmy's in the Well: The Jon Provost Story" is written by Jon Provost and his wife, Laurie Jacobson. Fall 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of Jon Provost's debut as Timmy Martin on "Lassie."


At age 7, he was already a seasoned professional, having appeared in 10 films and TV shows with stars like Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Anita Ekberg and William Holden.


Both Hollywood and NY critics named him the top kid movie actor of 1958. Yet, while Provost portrays part of an idyllic television family, he and his own family were deeply and irrevocably changing as a result of his skyrocketing fame.


The exciting and chaotic life of TV's first child superstar is told against the backdrop of 1950s and 1960s Hollywood: the collapse of the studio system, the burgeoning industry of television, rock and roll, the Sunset Strip and a life as far from the Martin farm as Provost could get.


Peppered with names like Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley, Natalie Wood, Kurt Russell, Sal Mineo, Davy Jones and more, and combined with dozens of interviews with co-workers, peers, friends and fans, Provost's fascinating story gives a real insider's view of Hollywood, the lowdown on one of television's most enduring shows and the effects of fame on a typical American family.

 

 

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Jon Provost's new book documents his life as a child star.

 


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