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Posts Tagged ‘Our Sarah’

Governor Palin’s Hometown Newspaper Interviews the Heaths About ‘Our Sarah’

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 11, 2012

Robert DeBerry at the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman apparently interviewed the Heaths for this interesting article, which was posted on Thursday.  (Confirmed here by Chuck Heath, Jr.)

Sarah Palin’s father, brother share family insight in new book

Chuck Heath

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 10:28 pm

WASILLA — You can fill a small library with the books that have been written about former Wasilla mayor, Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Some were penned by journalists, others by friends. Some were produced by business colleagues and some by Palin herself. So what sets apart a new book written by her father, Chuck Heath Sr., and her brother, Chuck Heath Jr.?

For starters, it is a more intimate and inside look at Sarah Palin, her family and what shaped her growing up in Alaska. According to Chuck Heath Sr., “it’s the true Sarah Palin as told by others.”

“Basically it tells the true story, not from Chuck and not from me, but other people,” he said. “What they have seen. What they have experienced growing up with her.”

Heath said there are 46 different voices throughout the book. They interviewed coaches, teachers, pastors, preachers, classmates and teammates — “All those people that knew the real Sarah. They supplied the material and we used what they said.”

Originally, Chuck Heath Jr. wanted to write a book about his gold mining and hunting experiences. Chuck Heath Sr. said his son has kept a journal for years, so the idea was to write about his experiences in Alaska. But after thinking about it, they decided to write a book about Sarah.

“He put two and two together and he decided he better include Sarah in there,” Chuck Heath Sr. said of his son’s original idea. “So about a year and a half ago, he really started in earnest on this.”

Chuck Heath Jr. wanted to show people the real Sarah: what formulated her philosophies, what gave her a strong work ethic and her perseverance.

The father said they wanted to interview people who knew her best, and “that is basically what we did. We talked to the people that really knew her.”

Outside of the foreword, Sarah had nothing to do with the book, Heath Sr. said. “It is stuff from our memories. Nothing in the book has to do with interviewing Sarah.”

When they first approached Sarah with the book idea, she said she didn’t care to be involved, he said.

“She said, ‘You guys go for it. Make sure it is factual and truthful, but I want you guys to do it. I don’t want to do it,’” Heath Jr. said. “She gave us the green light, but she didn’t want anything to do with it.”

For the Palin and Heath families, the book serves as kind of a historical road map to where they are now and where they came from. But also as important, Heath Sr. said, is that it be seen as the real story.

“There are a lot of books written about Sarah,” he said. “Some of them are so totally unfactual it is beyond belief.”

Some are also very humorous, he said, referring to one written by a guy from Sports Illustrated called “Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Warriors.”

“In that book, there is so many errors it is beyond belief,” Heath Sr. said. “Nothing that really slams her, but he compares her to Jason Kidd. Sarah was a good basketball player, but she wasn’t a Jason Kidd.”

Heath Sr. said the writer had her playing against teams like East High and Service High in the state finals and he made up names for the other team’s members, and they were all Eskimo names. He said the writer also had Todd winning the Iron Horse Snowmachine Race.

“Some of these things some of these characters have written, Oh my,” the elder Heath said. “You know, if I didn’t know her I’d hate her, too.”

The Heaths say they aren’t out to change anyone’s opinion of their daughter and sister. People have already made up their minds about Sarah, Heath Sr. said.

“We just wanted to tell the true story, and Sarah said, ‘Make sure it is all true, because they are going to go through it with a fine-toothed comb,’” he said. “So we were very careful that everything we put in there was the truth.”

For both Heaths, writing the book was a learning experience, especially for Heath Sr. He said he came away knowing his son a bit better, too.

“When we went on a book tour for three weeks, I got to room with him side by side. I think I got to know him better now than I knew him in high school,” he said. “I really enjoyed that part.”

He also said he really enjoyed writing and relating the parts that talk about the trips the family went on.

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Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger at the Washington Post also posted these “tidbits” from the Heaths’ book last month:

Chuck Heath Senior and Junior penned a family memoir about the future conservative heroine who, in this telling, never did anything wrong — and anyone who says she did is mistaken. A few tidbits:

• “When Sarah was born she was round and pink with a shock of black hair. Dad commented that she looked like a bulldog.”

• She did read papers: “When she was in elementary school, Dad would bring in the newspaper and take out the sports section. . . Sarah was busy reading the front-page articles about world events.”

• Her years playing basketball revealed the future politician: “Her aggressive style of play more than made up for her lack of size and shooting ability. She simply outhustled her opponents and wore them down”

• She competed in the Miss Wasilla pageant when Geraldine Ferrarowas on the ticket: “Yes, I think a woman could be vice president,” she said. “I think a woman could be president.”

• At the debate against Joe Biden, campaign aides tried to “micromanage her responses” and threw Palin off her game — the same Republican aides who later blamed her for the election loss. “All those times they mismanaged Sarah in the campaign were twisted afterward into evidence that she was indifferent, uninformed and disinterested. . . They couldn’t bear the thought of acknowledging that she had political instincts at least equal to their own.”

Palin clearly approved of this message because she wrote the forward: “Having written books of my own, I know how exhausting producing a manuscript can be. . . I hope you’ll be inspired by their stories and by the warm Alaskan spirit they reflect.”

“Hunting and fishing trips that helped formulate their work ethics and honesty,” he said. “These trips are where we got to know our kids pretty well.”

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Chuck Heath Sr.: “There’s been a lot of hanky panky written about Sarah,” and Our Sarah will set the record straight

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 14, 2012

Governor Palin’s father and brother talked to Alisyn  Camerota on FOX and Friends about their book Our Sarah.  When asked why they wrote the book, Chuck Heath Sr. said, “We wanted to set a lot of records straight.  There’s been a lot of hanky panky written about Sarah.”   He said that they used 46 of her classmates as well as her pastors  and coaches as resources, and that “they tell the real story of Sarah.”  (Unlike the anonymous sources used by many of her detractors.)

Chuck Heath Jr. said there has been so much garbage written about her that a lot of people are beginning to confuse the caricatures of her, like Tina Fey’s portrayals, with the real Sarah Palin.   He said that Governor Palin was the hardest-working person he has ever known and that she has an incredibly clear sense of right and wrong and has the guts to stand up and say something when she sees things out of line.

Asked what he thought of Tina Fey’s SNL performance, Chuck Heath Sr. said he thought she did a good job, but that he didn’t agree with everything she said.  He said Sarah never said that she could see Russia from her house.  However, he said,  you can see Russia from several places in Alaska.  He especially disapproved of what David Letterman and Bill Maher did.  He said that attacks on the grandkids really get under his skin.

When asked what his favorite story in the book is, Chuck Jr. said there are a lot of favorite stories – adventure stories, life and death adventures, hunting and gold mining stories, stories about avalanches and bears.  He said these things helped form Gov. Palin’s character and make her who she is today.

He and Chuck Sr. talked about how down-to-earth Gov. Palin is and about her work ethics.  Chuck Sr. told of how he and and Gov. Palin worked for 3 days and 2 nights without sleep one time during a commercial fishing season.  He told of how she did commercial fishing, which is very hard work, for  a day and a half once with 3 broken fingers.   He said that Gov. Palin’s work ethic started when she was a child, especially in athletics,  and that she habitually works 18 to 20-hour days.

Chuck Jr. described how the Palin children hunted and fished and chopped wood during their childhood and how when they watched the Brady Bunch that they were in awe that people actually lived like that.   Alyson remarked that their childhood pictures were “cute,” and that they looked like the “wilderness Brady Bunch.”

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Video: Washington TV Station’s Delightful Report On Sarah Palin’s Dad’s Visit To Promote Book: “She’s Punished For Being Incorruptible”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on October 11, 2012

VIEW VIDEO HERE

Sarah Palin’s family in town to promote new book

By Whitney Ward Published: Oct 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM PDT

RICHLAND — As the campaign season continues to ramp up, there is one voice we haven’t heard much: Sarah Palin.

But she was the “talk of the town” Wednesday night in Richland. Palin’s father and brother are authors of a new book about the Sarah they know. The two held a signing event at the Richland Hasting’s.

“She’s my little sister,” says Chuck Heath, Jr. “I want them to see Sarah as I saw her.”

Father, Chuck Heath, and brother, Chuck Heath, Jr. have been working for the last year, collecting their personal stories and documenting Sarah’s life and the Alaska experiences they say shaped the women she became.

Heath, Sr. says, “We wanted to set people straight on Sarah. There’s been so much garbage written about her.”

It’s a sentiment many supporters share in the Tri Cities, and exactly why they wanted to get their hands on the Heath’s new book, “Our Sarah: Made in Alaska.”

“The truth is,” says Richland resident Judy Keplinger, “It appears to me, that she’s being punished for being incorruptible. And I want to read how she got that way.”

The father and son duo also say some of the stories in their personal account highlight a Tri Cities connection.

“We didn’t have any money as a kid, and once in a while, we got to take a vacation,” recalls Heath, Jr. “And probably two or three times, our vacation was to come to the Tri Cities and hang out in Richland. So, this place just floods me with memories.”

And with family, friends, and fans by their side, those memories continue.

The book hit shelves two weeks ago. It’s foreword was written by Sarah Palin herself.

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Heaths’ book signing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho near Gov. Palin’s birthplace

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 9, 2012

Sold on 'Sarah'

Excellent article by Bill Buley at CDAPRess.com about the Heaths’ book signing in Coeur d’Alene, which is about 46 miles from Sand Point, Idaho, where Governor Palin was born and where Chuck Sr. taught before they moved to Alaska.

Sold on ‘Sarah’

Palin’s father, brother draw crowd for book signing

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:57 am, Tue Oct 9, 2012.

By BILL BULEY/Staff writer | 2 comments

COEUR d’ALENE – Karen White had one reason for being among the first in line Monday night to listen to Sarah Palin’s father and brother pitch their book, “Our Sarah: Made in Alaska.”

“Because I like Sarah Palin,” the Coeur d’Alene woman said, holding two copies of the $24.99 hardback written by Chuck Heath Sr. and Chuck Heath Jr.

White bought one for herself and one for a friend, and had both autographed by Sarah’s dad and brother.

“They’re down-to-earth people,” she said.

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They laughed often – “Anybody that calls me Mr. Palin, I charge them a dollar. I could be rich on that,” Heath Sr. said, grinning.

But they also often expressed frustration with the media they accused of twisting words and making up stories about Sarah Palin and her family.

“Most of the stuff written about us is totally untrue,” Chuck Jr. said.

“You guys that know her personally, she is as regular as anybody you will ever meet,” he added

Heath Sr. said since his daughter was named the Republican nominee for vice president in August 2008, life in some ways remained the same and in others, it changed.

He still hangs out with the same “renegade” friends and drinks the same beer on sale. But their privacy suffered.

For a time, they received 200 to 300 calls a day. And one day, at their home in Wasilla, Alaska, 81 reporters stopped by. There were threats, too.

It wasn’t easy to handle.

“We look at ourselves as just a common, ordinary family,” said Chuck Heath Sr., who grew up in Hope and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1956. “We are not political. Where Sarah got this political ambition, we really don’t know.”

He said he also doesn’t know his daughter’s game plan.

“We don’t know what she’s going to do tomorrow. She’s very unpredictable. You’ll be seeing her again, I guarantee that,” he said.

Chuck Jr. defended his sister’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska in July 2009.

Once she got the vice-president nod in 2008, life changed. The media invaded Alaska. Reporters, they said, invited kids into ice cream shops and paid them to dig up dirt on Sarah’s children. What they couldn’t confirm for a story, they reported anyway.

He said her detractors filed 27 ethics charges – all eventually tossed out – against her when she was in office. It was not only costing from $25,000 to $50,000 of her own money to defend each one, she was unable to effectively carry out her duties as governor.

She was not, he insisted, a quitter.

“They have no idea how hard that was for her to make that decision, and she did it for the people in Alaska,” Chuck Jr. said.

He said Sarah only cares about what’s best for the people.

“She’s still that way. She’s not loyal to one party or another. It’s get a job done and let’s work together, and forget all this nonsense on the side,” he said, then adding, “which is what our country kind of needs right now.”

Shirley Greene drove up from Moscow to meet the Heath men and buy the book because she, too, is a huge Sarah Palin fan. She said Chuck Heath’s mother, Marie, was her teacher in Hope.

“I’m excited to hear some more stories,” said the Sandpoint High School graduate.

When John McCain chose Palin to be his running mate, Greene went to Henderson, Nev., to work on their campaign.

She believes Palin still has a political career ahead – if she wants it.

“Whatever she does, she does well. She’ll be OK. I think people underestimate her at times,” Greene said.

[…]

The Heaths are planning a second book, this one to focus on hunting, fishing and gold mining.

But as novice authors, they knew their first book had to focus on a famous family member: Sarah Palin.

“Our editor said, ‘You aren’t going to sell any books unless you have Sarah on the cover,'” Chuck Sr. said.

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Greta: “Gov. Palin’s father is fascinating!”

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 8, 2012

From Gretawire:

In the Governor Sarah Palin Facebook posting copied below Governor Palin gives me a shout out. But, besides just a shout out, she also urges her followers to go to GretaWire and watch our entire interview with her father and brother about their new book. I likewise urge you to scroll back and watch the entire interview because there is more to the interview than what we aired on ON THE RECORD at 10pm on Friday.

When we pre tape an interview as we did with her Father and Brother, I frequently take advantage of being with the guest (or guests) and interview longer than our planned airing time so that I can give you something extra here on GretaWire.

By the way, Gov Palin’s father is fascinating! You would not believe his collection of artifacts at his house in Alaska. On one of my many trips to Alaska, Governor Palin’s Father and Mother gave me a tour of their home. Their house is a Museum of Natural History – a collection of items he has gathered over his years of exploring that giant state of Alaska. For years he was a teacher and in talking to him and seeing his collection of artifacts I know he was a great one. I learned a lot from him just by getting a tour of his home from him.

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The Heaths talk to Shannon Bream at FOX News about ‘Our Sarah’

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 7, 2012

Gov. Palin’s father and brother (Chuck Heath Sr. and Jr.) talked to Shannon Bream at FOX News earlier today.

VIEW VIDEO HERE

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Our Sarah Makes Amazon Best Seller List

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 7, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Governor Palin’s father and brother’s new book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, hit the shelves on September 25. Already, the book is enjoying success. Currently, Our Sarah has reached the Amazon Best Seller list in the Political Leader Biographies category. The Kindle edition is #6, and among hardcover books, it’s #10.

Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. worked hard to write a book that shares the truth of who the Heaths and Palins are. We get a good look at Governor Palin, the people who have influenced her, the experiences she’s lived, and the values she’s espoused. We get to understand her work ethic better and how it was shaped, we learn details about the 2008 campaign, and we come away with an even greater respect for both Governor Palin and her family. You’ll do a little laughing and crying along the way as well.

In various media appearances, the Chucks have stated that over one hundred books have been written about their daughter and sister, but theirs is different. They actually know the subject of their book, unlike some of the other authors, many of whom were simply looking for a way to destroy her and promote a false narrative. Governor Palin mentioned this in her Facebook “thank you” note to those who have supported her dad and brother on the tour.

If you haven’t purchased the book yet, you will definitely want to do so. I can attest to the fact that you won’t want to put it down. You can get yours at Amazon here.

Congratulations, Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. May you enjoy continued success.

(h/t Sue Lynn)

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Gov. Palin thanks supporters and those in the media who have supported the ‘Our Sarah’ Book tour

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 7, 2012

Governor Palin posted this Note on her Facebook page earlier today:

Sarah Palin

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Thank you to everyone who has supported my dad and my brother on their book tour!

by Sarah Palin on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:28am ·
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Several books and articles have been written, and some movies made, under the guise of sharing with the public who the Palins are, and who I am in particular. Very often, the goal is simply to misrepresent us and present something so far-fetched as to not bear any resemblance to truth at all. Many in the media have been more than happy to make room for these stories and allow those behind them to have their say, though these “biographers” very often neither know me nor are willing to put names to their so-called sources.

This is why I so appreciate those members of the media who are giving my dad and brother—who have written a factual book—a platform to tell the real story. Unlike many of the other books people have turned to for information, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska is written by two people who actually know me, were there through much of the 2008 campaign, and have cut through the bunk right to the truth—the truth of who the Heaths and Palins really are and what an Alaska upbringing provides. I am thankful for those who actually are fair and balanced in their reporting, giving the two Chucks the same opportunity to tell their story.

Two particularly good interviews are one Chuck, Jr. did with the Great One, Mark Levin, and an interview Greta Van Susteren conducted with both Chucks. If you only saw what Greta was able to air on On the Record last night, be sure to watch the uncut version.

A heartfelt “thank you” to those who have taken part in the book tour. In a whirlwind of a schedule, Dad and Chuck, Jr. have traveled to various states, and many of you have been there to greet them, help with laundry (yes, that’s right!), or just shake their hands. I know they appreciate it, and I just wanted to chime in and say that I appreciate it also. The tour is winding down, but there are a few more stops. Go here to see the remaining schedule, and stop in to say “hello” if you can. You never know: you might just end up in one of my brother’s journal entries, which he’s recording on theirFacebook page.

Thank you!

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Gov. Palin’s Father and Brother Talk to Greta About Why They Wrote ‘Our Sarah’

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 6, 2012

Video retrieved from Sarahnettoo

The full version of this interview is posted at the On The Record site  AT THIS LINK and has considerably more information than was aired on the show.   The Heaths were more relaxed in their interview that day with the Brody File, a portion of which can be viewed AT THIS LINK.  The warmth of the Palin family is very evident in the Brody File interview.

VIEW VIDEO HERE

(h/tp Chuck Jr.’s Facebook post)

For updates on the Heaths’ ‘Our Sarah’ book tour, see Chuck Heath Jr.’s Facebook page.  Reviews of ‘Our Sarah’ can be found herehere, here, and here.  Also see posts by SPIB authors here.

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Levin: Chuck Heath, Jr. Interview for “Our Sarah, Made in Alaska”

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 5, 2012

One year ago today Mark Levin hosted Governor Sarah Palin on his radio show at which time she made her announcement that she would not seek the Republican nomination for the office of President of the United States.  This year on October 5th, Levin hosted Chuck Heath, Jr. and gave him the opportunity to talk about the book he wrote with his father Chuck Heath, Sr., “Our Sarah Made in Alaska”.  It’s a great interview that you won’t want to miss.

h/t SarahNetToo

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