Development[ edit ] Stardust is an illustrated fantasy story created by Neil Gaiman , with art by Charles Vess. It was first published by DC Comics in as a prestige format four-issue comic mini-series. Encouraged by publisher Avon Gaiman decided to adapt Stardust and in it was republished as a conventional novel in hardback without illustrations. Gaiman has compared the story to a fantasy version of the romantic comedy film It Happened One Night.
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Theater and radio defined his early career -- but it was a World War II training film he made while serving in the Army Air Corps that led to his first Paramount Studios contract. After years of struggle, his lean, weathered look became well known in notable westerns and television programs such as You Are There and Bonanza.
But his work on several pilots for writer-producer Gene Roddenberry changed his destiny and the course of cultural history. It is a journey that takes us all At first meeting, the new shepherd made a mild impression, fine-boned with smooth skin, spectacles, and a bald head.
By surface appearances, he was a timid man, but his quick, sharp eyes and the fire of his sermons revealed that he was not. His greatest gifts were the content of his sermons and the strength of his presence in the pulpit.
His own soul knew the bitter taste of daily trials, and so he was a genuine witness in his mission to frail humanity.
His was a constant litany, crying out about the perfect soul-gathering rescue of Jesus Christ and the joys to be found in him. Reverend Kelley could speak directly to the souls of these Georgia people. His heritage was close to that of his congregants.
The Kelley family origins were proud, Irish, and Southern. From Virginia in the s, the Kelleys found their way into Georgia, to Franklin County and the small hill town of Toccoa. Theirs was the rugged earth of north Georgia hill country, a land of Cherokee people and hardscrabble settlement.
A century later, the region became a favorite highway for the mean ruin of Union forces during the Atlanta campaign. Two young witnesses to the Civil War, Mary Emily Payne and Emory Jackson Kelley, later married and raised nine children surrounded by the deprivations of Reconstruction.
Ernest David, born in , was called to ministry in He met and married Clora Casey of Cedartown, eleven years his junior, and his first son, Casey, was born in Jackson DeForest came along in In , Reverend Kelley earned a graduate degree in theology from Mercer University.
With Clora at his side, he ministered all over the interior of Georgia. Now at the height of his physical and spiritual strength, Reverend Kelley shared the gospel in Conyers. Educated and poor, after nearly fifteen years of preaching, the Reverend knew the hearts and minds of men and the dangers of a worldly life. His call for unswerving Christian faith was mixed with Christian warning: he made it very clear to his congregation and to his children that there were grave consequences for sinful yet ordinary behaviors such as going to dances and movies and drinking and smoking.
The saved and those yet to be salvaged were invited to find and renew their spirit in a Baptist way of life with the Kelleys. While the Reverend ministered with his sermons and mastery of the Bible, his wife ministered by loving example and gentle touch. He made them learn the responsibilities of the elect; the boys knew they were representing something far larger than their own small lives. The mission of the father was the mission of the family.
Athens, Woodville, and so on, they moved from one Georgia mill town to the next. Reverend Kelley shaped his sons with an eye on the promise of heaven and the literal existence of hell. He ruled with the steady hand of the righteous, while Clora worked to soften that hand with humor and diplomacy. However, the traditional round of Bible study, quotation and recitation, psalms at supper, Wednesday evening prayer meetings, and Sundays filled with classes and multiple services challenged the obedience of even the most respectful child.
DeForest, like his mother, sought to keep the peace. Sometimes DeForest spent long hours playing outside, and when it was time, from deep in the shadows of the porch, Clora would call out, "DeForest! Other times, the little boy stayed close to his mother to keep her company as she worked. While she did her chores, his eyes were often drawn to her only finery, an ice-bright diamond ring.
Clora wore it always, while washing, ironing, and scrubbing, "and it was all smooth She cherished that ring, and so did her son. Her brother, the mysterious Herman Casey, won the ring in a card game in France and gave it to her.
Her boy DeForest wanted to give her something, too; he wanted to give her the world. As young as he was, he knew her life was hard, and he wished to make it easier for her somehow, and so he became her sunshine. There his sermons were thundering appeals delivered in lightning. He called all to a worldly mission to "seek and save the lost. He promised them that failure would mean "wreck and ruin. DeForest worked ever harder at being the good son.
With some resignation, he recalled, "It was a hard row to hoe, to be perfect. He often sang a solo at the morning church service. Sometimes he would stand by DeForest while he sang.
For the holidays, the Reverend presented a Christmas exercise. DeForest received "a great hand, the solo work of this year-old boy being especially good," according to the local paper. Luther H. Kelley, "slipped in and took a back seat just like most doctors do at church and grand opera.
He was a sensitive boy who appreciated neatness, process, and order; messes and contrariness disturbed him. Contrariness, indeed! When he tended to her, she would look at whatever he might bring her and say, "Set it down here, Forrest.
Finally, he brought her a gift and told her if she would say his name right, he would give her his gift. Smiling, she agreed. He gave it to her; she admired it and handed it back to him: "Set it down here, Forrest. DeForest traveled the country, promoting his work and inspiring the common man to look forward to the new world just taking shape in the early twentieth century.
Reverend Kelley was very impressed with the mind and inventions of Dr. DeForest, and his second son was given a name fit for the future.
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