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Book Launch: The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy

  • Wild About Harry on the Square 104 West Maple Avenue Independence, MO, 64050 United States (map)

Join the Jackson County Historical Society for the release of The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy.

This book shares the untold story of Independence native Paul Henning - best known for creating the Clampetts, one of America’s most beloved families in television history, and Hooterville, one of its wackiest hometowns.

The $25 ticket includes one hardcover copy of the book and a free drink (cocktail, wine or beer) that evening at Cafe Verona or Ophelia's Restaurant on the Independence Square. The book will retail for $27.

Purchase one ticket for each hardcover copy you would like. Books will be available that evening.

Mary Childers, a well-known Independence educator and niece of Paul and Ruth Henning, will be present and share some family stories.

The book shares Henning’s amazing life - working in early Kansas City radio, writing for celebrities and creating the widely popular television shows Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres.

The book was written by Ruth Henning, his talented wife, who shares stories about Henning who was a shy but talented man who she describes as "the writer nobody knows."

The actress Doris Day, had this to say about the book: ""Paul Henning and Stanley Shapiro wrote a very funny, Oscar-nominated screenplay for my second film with Rock Hudson, "Lover Come Back." Rock and I had such great laughs, and working on the film was truly a joy."

The manuscript, completed in 1994 was never published, but later was found in the Jackson County Historical Society archives among the papers of local historican and journalist Sue Gentry and a friend of the Hennings. 

The book is a cooperative publishing project between the Woodneath Press, an imprint of the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Jackson County Historical Society.