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I Sold the Moon!: A True Story

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    Barry McArdle(Author)

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I Sold the Moon is a true story from the 1970’s of the original Moon Man, a silver-suited street performer and comic philosopher. For ten years, Moon Man crisscrossed America selling "lunar real estate," transportation not provided. Told in the first person, I Sold the Moon explores how a young man, fresh out of college, could get the idea that he could claim the moon and then sell it. Moon Man's evolution is paralleled throughout by more earthly concerns including his evolving romance in the turbulent days of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The reader will be swept along as the Moon Man discovers and refines the best way to sell his newly claimed property. This includes the progression from door-to-door selling, in a coat and tie, selling 20 ""moon acres"" a day, to appearing in a custom-tailored "moon suit" on college campuses, and selling more than 400 "acres" in two hours. The moon trail takes the Moon Man to almost every college campus in California, onto local television programs, eventually into the Midwest, New York and ultimately to Ireland. I Sold the Moon tells of the evolution of an idea pursued against all logic and convention while weaving a story of passion, heartache and ultimate redemption.

In 1971, after graduating from college, Barry McArdle spent the next ten years crisscrossing America selling "property on the moon." However, like most of his fellow Baby Boomers, the parties, "free love" and vagabond lifestyle matured into cappuccinos, marriage and a 30-year mortgage. After hanging up his moon suit, McArdle became involved with media production and promotion, and now owns, in partnership, a media services company, Industrious Complex. Prior to running I.C., McArdle spent 15 years as a television producer both in Hawaii and in California's Bay Area. He has co-authored two feature comedy scripts, The BAD Guys and The World's Smartest Dog. He is currently working on the sequel to I Sold the Moon.

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Book details

  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Barry McArdle(Author)
  • Silver Street Publishing (June 1, 2007)
  • English
  • 6
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By David Riker on June 28, 2017

    Here's a fun take on a Coming-of-Age story. This guy goes out as a new old fashioned street hawker and sells property on the moon. Successfully! He does it for ten years, one acre at a time. The book really captures the spirit of the early 1970's when kids were exploring different ways to go about life. Funny and touching. Really enjoyed it.

  • By Metropixie on May 30, 2007

    I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Barry McArdle's first of hopefully many more books. An author appears to have been born out of reflection of his years of youth and indiscretion, when he came upon the idea that he could lay claim to the moon, as no one else had done so. And thus a kitchen table industry was born that's being retold with amusing rear views into history, when Nixon was in the White House, and hippie culture reared its hairy head. Snippets from the author's youth and the ongoing tale of a high school romance weave throughout the trials and tribulations of being one of the looneys out there on the sidewalk, trying to make a living with an idea, rather than a plan, and because of that, the story takes us along like a roadtrip movie, into every direction. McArdle's ability to observe all that happens around him, and accept the challenges his traveling lifestyle exact on him and his relationships bring out a quiet humor and the wisdoms of a man who has seen it all, done it all, and by golly, thought of selling the moon and then did it.As I came to the end, I was left with the feeling that McArdle is one of those people that fit the American landscape so well, even when that same landscape regards him nothing more than a lunatic. As it turns out, he is not, and therefore I expect that with one book under his belt, a next one may reflect all he's learned, writing and selling a book about selling the moon.

  • By Angeli Baci on October 14, 2007

    Barry is an exceptional writer, a romantic and a real character with refreshing insights into human nature.His book gives the reader a look at the days of "Free Love" and an understanding that it was never free.The images Barry creates flow on the page and the depth of emotion evoked from his bittersweet romance is delightfully balanced with the humor of his 'moon' work.Barry McArdle is not your everyday 'Joe' his inventive mind and the quiet support of his father along with a secret dream to be a circus barker allow him to follow a dream that leads him to an entertaining income and a modicum level of celebrity. But secretly he is a romantic thrust into a generation that sees monogamous relationships as passe and free love as their mark on the world. With hormones raging, the romantic must succomb and true love wistfully lost.If you enjoy stories about people - fiction or biographical - you will find Barry McArdle's book fascinating and an easy read. He captures you with his love, his humor and his antics. Engaging and fun, I recommend - "I Sold The Moon."

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