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Old June 30 2013, 03:04 AM   #1
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Kelly Biography

Have any of you read any of the biographies of Dee Kelly? I have read a few bad reviews on amazon about them. One of them is said to read like a research paper and the other is said to include too many personal details of him by a woman who was his caregiver.
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Old July 3 2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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Terry Rioux's bio is thorough, researched with De's cooperation and reads just fine. Well worth a look.
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Old July 4 2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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I have both books and enjoy them both for different reasons. Terry Rioux's book is a classically done biography with a lot if detail on De. Kristine M Smith's book is certainly more personal and is filled with anecdotes. A completely different perspective - more like a personal letter. I think that's what I liked about it. It is getting an update and the newer version is due out in the next month or two. I haven't decided if I am going to pick that one up, yet. Hope this helps.
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Old July 9 2013, 08:53 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the replies. I look forward to these books. Dr. McCoy was one of the best characters in TV history.
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Old July 13 2013, 05:50 AM   #5
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Thank you both for the replies. I look forward to these books. Dr. McCoy was one of the best characters in TV history.
Couldn't agree more.

I thought that From Sawdust to Stardust by Terry Lee Rioux was a great read.
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Old July 17 2013, 10:05 PM   #6
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I have both books and enjoy them both for different reasons. Terry Rioux's book is a classically done biography with a lot if detail on De. Kristine M Smith's book is certainly more personal and is filled with anecdotes. A completely different perspective - more like a personal letter. I think that's what I liked about it. It is getting an update and the newer version is due out in the next month or two. I haven't decided if I am going to pick that one up, yet. Hope this helps.
I didn't know there would be an update of Kristine Smith's book. I enjoyed Terry's Rioux's so much, that I was about to head over to Amazon and get Smith's when I saw your post.

Thanks for saving me money.
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Old July 18 2013, 03:01 PM   #7
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I am thinking of adding Kelley's biography to my kindle. I am a bit obsessed with him at the moment and would love to learn more about him. It's too bad he never wrote an autobiography.

I have mixed feelings about Kristin M. Smith's book. I don't think I can read the details of what he went through in the end, I think this would be too upsetting for me.


On another note I wish someone would re-release Kelley's Star Trek poetry. This is something I would buy in a second.
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Old July 25 2013, 03:51 AM   #8
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On another note I wish someone would re-release Kelley's Star Trek poetry. This is something I would buy in a second.
I agree! I just heard about his poetry recently. I found one online and enjoyed it. I would like to find more. I have also ran across a few of Nimoy's poetry books. They can be found on online bookstores.
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Old July 27 2013, 03:41 PM   #9
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Finished the Rioux biography today and really enjoyed it. While I would have preferred an autobiography in Kelley's own words, I think this was the next best thing. I am not usually a big fan of biographies since most of them focus on rumors and scandal.

Thankfully there was none of that in this book. Instead it was a very warm appreciation of Kelley. That isn't to say Kelley was a saint, he had faults just like anyone but the book definitely highlighted what I expected, Kelley was just a down to earth pleasant guy who a lot of people really liked a lot.

Some reviews on Amazon make it seem that there isn't a lot of Star Trek, which isn't true at all, there is a lot. Star Trek makes up about 50% of the book I would say. Some things I knew about before from reading other books, websites, and watching youtube videos, but there is other stuff I didn't know sprinkled in.

Of course Star Trek isn't all of Kelley's life and there is also a bunch of stuff on his early career (and while he wasn't a big star he experienced early Hollywood and even earlier television so very interesting from a historical perspective) and of course there is a lot of good stuff on the Westerns he did.

Also after reading this book I realized that maybe I have come to admire and like Kelley so much because he reminds me a bit of my late grandfather.
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