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Publisher's Summary

Thanks, PG!: Memoirs of a Tabloid Reporter recounts the life and adventures of reporter Billy Don Johnson during his 20 years (1975-1995) working for the fictional tabloid The National Insider.
After his dreams of becoming a crusading journalist with daily newspapers are dashed, Billy throws himself into the wild world of diets, household tips, ghosts, UFOs, weird history, and celebrity scandal, all of which is designed to please Padrone Gallione (PG), the wonderful madman who was editor of the magazine. Like the tabloid industry itself, this book is a combination of fact and fiction.
Within, you will find untold stories from the lives of many famous people, get an inside look at how tabloid stories are created and examine the origins of celebrity scandal in American journalism.
Ultimately, this book is a tribute to the genius of Generoso Pope Jr., founder and publisher of the National Enquirer.
©2014 John I. Jones (P)2017 John I. Jones
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rhonda on 01-04-18

Living the dream!

Fun and entertaining account of the life of a tabloid reporter working for a brilliant yet strange man. It took me several minutes to get into this one but it was well worth hanging in there and listening. There were some really good accounts and some outright funny ones as well. I remember looking at all these strange headlines about UFO's and such and laughing about so many of them. Of course, I did want to read about them too. I also remember when the outrageous stories graduated into more real and believable stories. Hearing the behind the scenes stories was even better. I found his encounter with Elvis to be very sad and his visits with Fran to be quite touching. These adventures during his time as a reporter were well worth listening to without all the tabloid stories. He was obviously a great reporter to have been at this tabloid for so many years but he was also lucky to have even been given all these wonderful opportunities to travel and meet so many interesting people. Mr. Lillard was also a good addition to this book. His performance was easy to listen to and appropriate for this type of book. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By mandy on 01-08-18


Fantastic story with wonderful characters and perfect narration! Loved this from the start. I highly recommend this authors stories - they are so well written and just pull you in.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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