My Friend, Henry Mancini

Stories of Growing Up Together

by John Weitzel & With Lesley Himmel



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/7/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781512776287
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781512776294
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781973652366

About the Book

To the world, the name Henry Mancini brings back memories of amazing songs like Moon River, The Pink Panther Theme, and hundreds more written for movies and television. This prolific composer, arranger, and conductor won Academy, Grammy, and Oscar awards. To John Weitzel, Henry Mancini is simply the name of his best friend since seventh grade in Aliquippa, PA, and throughout life. For the first time, John has shared his stories of growing up with Henry Mancini. You will smile, laugh, and even shed a few tears as you read stories of escapades the two shared. John commented, “We are confident that, even after so many years, there is still a very large audience of Henry Mancini fans who will appreciate our new stories about this beloved man.”

About the Author

John Ellis Weitzel has lived a very active life. Raised by parents Lorman Bruce and Helene Janet Weitzel in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, he grew up loving music and took trumpet lessons at an early age. Following high school, he served in the US Army during WWII. John and his wife, Dixie, earned bachelor’s degrees in music from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and John earned a master’s in music education from Columbia University in New York City. They raised two sons, Bruce and John Jr. John worked for thirty-five years as a high school band director in East Liverpool and Alliance, Ohio, winning many awards and leading his band in front of millions of TV viewers and spectators at professional football games. He is now retired and currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At age ninety-three, he remains very active—spending time with his family and friends, playing baritone horn in several bands, and telling stories of his friendship with Henry Mancini to retirement and nursing home residents and other interested groups in the area. Coauthor Lesley Elizabeth Himmel enjoyed growing up on a farm near Brown City, Michigan, with parents Nick and Alma Himmel, and siblings Susan, Beverly, Debra, and Nick. Following high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree and graduate certificate in business education from Central Michigan University and worked in the field of education. Lesley is now retired and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She enjoys time with daughters Emily (Cory) and Leah (Zachary), and grandchildren Mia, Nolan, Vaughn, Brooke, and Dean, also attending church and playing in a community band.