Something of Me: My Life Down Home and Other Places
In this lively autobiography, popular historian Paul O’Neill looks back on his salad days in the 1940s and early 50s.
O’Neill’s childhood in the small outport of Bay de Verde was filled with ‘outharbour delights’ while his star-struck teen years were spent in wartime St. John’s, a city he grew to love like no other. At nineteen O’Neill left Newfoundland to train as an actor in New York, after which he toured all over America as part of a professional troupe. From there, he went to England, scrambling to make a living on stage and screen and having the time of his life. At twenty-three, he returned to Canada’s newest province for a visit, but instead landed what turned out to be a lifelong job writing and producing television programs for CBC. This charming and enthusiastic memoir brings back the music, the movies and the mores of that era.