This project's funding goal was not reached on December 13, 2013.
About this project
Step #1. Watch the video above and learn more about the unpublished autobiography of history's most controversial war hero and politician, Douglas R. Stringfellow. One of the first chronicled cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Step #2. Make a pledge today to help this project get funded and help publish the autobiography of Stringfellow. Just click to the right on your favorite pledge and enjoy your reward...
Step #3. Please share this incredible story with your friends, family, the news, blogs, newspapers, publishers, producers, and anyone else you think would want to help the project or get involved. Click "share" "tweet" or "embed" underneath the video above to share the story.
Thank you sincerely for all of your wonderful help and encouragement in sharing our Grandpa's unpublished autobiography. We hope that his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and his battle to find peace will help you with your journey of finding peace and fulfillment in this life. Much love,
Skyler and Brighton Jones - Stringfellow's Grandsons
WE'RE REALLY CLOSE...
Before my Grandpa died, he wrote an autobiography. Which interestingly enough, was edited by Robert Frost. In 1954, Random House Publishing offered him $20,000 as an advancement to secure the publishing rights to his autobiography, to which he declined. Almost 60 years later, we're finishing the project and we're going to publish his incredible story.
THANKS FOR HELPING - HERE'S YOUR REWARD!
After you make a pledge and we reach our goal, the funding will be used to create and publish the book.
We're Taking This...
And Making It Into This...
Stringfellow - the unpublished autobiography of history's most controversial war hero and politician (click to the right to make a pledge and receive an exclusive copy available only through Kickstarter)
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WHO WAS DOUGLAS R. STRINGFELLOW?
Douglas was an amazing war hero, orator, radio announcer and politician. But above all, and most importantly to him, he was a loving husband and doting father. His story however, is anything but cliche. And his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) led him down a tumultuous path of falling from grace and becoming one of history's most controversial war heroes and politicians. He is one of the first chronicled cases of a soldier's battle with PTSD - his unpublished autobiography details his incredible journey to overcome its debilitating effects and find personal peace and fulfillment in this life.
On Christmas Eve, 1944, Douglas awoke out of a 6-week coma to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. Just six weeks earlier, he had stepped on a bouncing betty mine in France while escaping from the infamous Belsen Prison Concentration Camp as a POW. He had been unconscious ever since. Doctors gave him just 2 years to live, and advised him to get his affairs in order. But Douglas didn't die 2 years later.
With raw determination and his one true love, he slowly regained the strength in his upper body. Then, with much physical therapy and agonizing rehabilitation, he later went on to regain the strength in his legs and was able to walk with braces and a cane. In fact, he went on to live an extraordinary life for 20 more years before dying at the young age of 43 of a heart attack related to his war injuries. In those 20 interesting years, he became a famous orator, public speaker, radio announcer, politician, painter, husband and father.
During the years of his miraculous recovery when he was learning to walk again, he became a radio announcer. In his spare time, he also began presenting and delivering his heroic war stories to civic groups and congregations. People were captivated with his incredible stories and testimony.
His public speaking launched him into politics where he became the President of the Young Republicans and ran for Congress and won by the largest landslide victory in Utah's history. Because of his abilities as a public speaker and his devotion to his office, he was named third runner up, behind Dwight Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover, as the most influential person to promote The United States' democratic way of life.
At the height of his popularity, Douglas was the highest-paid public speaker of his time delivering his speech over 200 times per year. He also appeared as the featured guest of the popular television show "This Is Your Life" with Ralph Edwards,
Devastation. Someone from the democratic party leaked that his stories weren't true. His war story that was making him famous was fabricated. He was a fraud. His whole life started to come crashing down in a whirlwind. But how could this be? If the stories were true, why were people debasing him and ruining his life?
He was called in by the President of The LDS Church and asked to step down. The President of the United States asked him to step down. Some of the greatest men he admired were asking him to resign, and he began to struggle with reality. What was real anymore? Was it all fake? The stories were real to him.
Eventually, he convinced himself that his stories were fabricated. He made a public address through KSL, resigning from politics and his office. He was overcome with guilt, shame and public humiliation. People sent hate letters and wrote books of his horrible deeds.
BUT THIS IS WHERE HIS TRUE STORY BEGINS...
Ultimately, with the love of his life and wonderful family, Douglas was able to find personal peace and fulfillment. He was able to live the last few years of his life in happiness with his loving family.
And that's what this Kickstarter Project is all about: sharing our grandpa's struggle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his path to finding peace. And we need your help publishing his untold story and autobiography.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
OPTION #1: SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE
Simply click on a pledge to the right and help us publish the autobiography of our grandpa, Douglas R. Stringfellow. And if the cause of helping share the untold story isn't enough, then we're also going to send you our love and appreciation. And if that wasn't enough, we've also included some fantastic rewards for your pledge to say "thank you." So go ahead and pick your favorite reward on the right, then click to pledge...
OPTION #2: SHARING IS CARING
After you make a pledge, please share this wonderful story with friends, family, news, newspapers, publishers, producers, and anyone else that would be interested. hint: facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and email are all great ways to share.
WITH YOUR HELP WE WILL GET FUNDED
If everybody is pitching in and spreading the word, we should have no problem reaching our goal amount of $20,000. Which is thrilling to think our grandpa's autobiography will finally be able to be published. And hopefully, his incredible story and challenges with PTSD will help more and more people. We can't wait to ship you those first limited-edition copies.
WHAT WILL THE FUNDING BE USED FOR?
The funds will be used to create and publish the autobiography. Considerable time and resources have gone into and will go toward getting this book published:
- professional editing
- graphic work and design
- research and archives work
- digital conversions of manuscripts and transcripts
- photo restoration and compilations
- audio conversions from reels to mp3s
- licensing and legal work
- delivery and shipping
QUICK NOTE: HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Kickstarter offers you a chance to help fund a portion of our costs in return for rewards. If the funds aren't raised entirely so our goal isn't hit, you won't be charged anything. Which also means, we don't receive any of the funding. If the funds ARE raised however, we're legally bound to deliver everything promised in this amazing project. It's a unique way to do funding for an autobiography, and we're excited by everyone's encouragement and support.
WHAT IF WE GO OVER THE GOAL FUNDING AMOUNT?
BONUS TIME FOR EVERYONE!
If we go above and beyond the goal funding amount, then we want everyone to reap the rewards... everyone will benefit and receive the following:
$20,000 = base funding goal accomplished! rewards delivered, eBooks made, T-shirts printed, and exclusive Books will be published, printed, and sent! We know this one is going to happen. So thank you in advance for sharing the story!
$30,000 = in addition to the rewards, we'll send everyone a copy of the transcription of Douglas R. Stringfellow's commencement speech from the BYU Archives.
$40,000 = Everyone will receive a copy of the eBook in addition to all the rewards.
$50,000 = Everyone will receive a copy of the video of Douglas appearing on "This Is Your Life" with Ralph Edwards.
$75,000 = Everyone will receive a never-before released audio file of Douglas' famous speech. This will be converted to mp3 format from a magnetic reel in the archives at BYU.
$100,000 = WOW! We will die and go to heaven. But before we do that, everyone will receive all the rewards above and a compilation of photo albums never before released to the public that chronicle the amazing experiences of Douglas.
Now is the time to help with the cause and share the story. Click on your favorite reward to the right to start unlocking the amazing bonuses...
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT DOUGLAS R. STRINGFELLOW
Robert Frost edited his original autobiography manuscript entitled, Stringfellow: chaff before the wind: The Story of Douglas R. Stringfellow.
Random House offered Douglas $20,000 advancement to publish his autobiography in 1954. He turned it down. When he finished the story, he tied it up with rope, handed it to his wife, and instructed her to "give this to my sons when they're ready."The autobiography sat bound in a box for almost 60 years, when my grandmother, Lee (who you've seen in the video), felt inspired to give us the original manuscript and share his story with the world.
Douglas was the top-paid public speaker of his time. At the height of his speaking career, he was delivering his speech over 200 times per year.
Douglas stepped on a bouncing betty mine during World War II and was paralyzed from the neck down. He later regained the strength in his upper body and eventually in his legs, and was able to walk with braces and a cane.
Douglas was named third runner up, behind Dwight Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover, as the most influential person to promote The United States' democratic way of life.
Richard Nixon sent him a personal letter after Douglas appeared on "This Is Your Life." In the letter, Nixon enouraged him to press on and that he would someday soon become a presidential candidate.
Douglas is considered to be the #3 worst politician fraud in the history of the state of Utah.
Douglas received a purple heart for valor in battle during World War II.
Douglas became Utah's Congressman by the largest landslide victory in the state's history.
NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED PICTURES OF DOUGLAS © 2013 JONES
ATTENTION: Publishers and Producers
This kickstarter project is an amazing opportunity to share the unpublished autobiography of history's most controversial war hero and politician, Douglas R. Stringfellow. We are currently looking for publishers and producers interested in sharing his story, documentary, or feature film. Feel free to contact us for more information or to discuss proposals.
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Risks and challenges
We have in our possession the original manuscript of the autobiography typed by Douglas and edited by Robert Frost titled, "Stringfellow: Chaff Before The Wind." Our greatest challenges in delivering the finished book will be the considerable time, effort and costs of professional editing, design, photo restoration, research, audio conversions, publishing, printing, marketing, licensing proprietary images and delivery. With our wonderful team, we plan on self-publishing the book unless we find publishers during this campaign. We've set the funding goal at a level that will allow us to at least get this book into print and deliver on all the rewards we're offering - including the awesome t-shirts. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far. We've been inspired by everyone's support and hope you'll continue to be inspired to share this incredible story and preserve history.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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