One in a Hundred Million
Author: Marion Urichich
Publisher: Falkon Enterprises (2005)
Binding: Paperback, 393 pages
A story like no other. It is one of tragedy, triumph, adversity, love, happiness, and success. A story that will inspire, amuse, enlighten and entertain you. I will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you think. If you have never read an autobiography in your life make this your first. A true story of an incredible man and his path to success by helping others. One in a Hundred Million is without a doubt the best real life drama ever written.
Marion Urichich reflects on his challenges and accomplishments over seventy years, with tales that are rich in traditional values and heavily seasoned with bizarre experiences. He starts work as a pup in his dad's bar and beer garden, and advances in almost an infinite number of jobs. Urichich shovels coal, shines shoes, joins the Marines, still shines shoes, drives delivery trucks, and develops businesses to scratch out a living and ultimately succeed. He prospers with a long standing used car and salvage business, using his ever-present desire to be honest and liked. Drawing from a steel hard body and overcoming an attention deficit disorder, this memoir tells of a man who survives any risk or injury. He falls into the moving track of a bulldozer, fights the legal system up to the Supreme Court, recovers from stroke, and almost dies from a sting ray wound received while trying to save others from drowning. Although he broke his leg in early life and never had it fixed, Urichich excelled playing amateur sports -- including tackle football at age fifty-eight. He was inducted into the Youngstown Baseball Oldtimers Association Hall of Fame.
I found this happy Croatian's stay honest and never give up message to be refreshing. Although anecdotal and not meant to be a perfect work, this first time writer offers a valuable account of how to consistently perform in life against all hardships. This book may be for those amused by bigger than life stories or for those who would enjoy a large slice of one Slovakian's contribution to American history.
Reviewed by: Hodge Wood (2009)