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  1. Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy
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  2. Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy

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Eddie Haskell was the bad kid who never went away. When child actor Ken Osmond stepped onto the set of Leave it to Beaver in 1957, he not only entered our living rooms, he homesteaded a permanent place in the American pop culture. The poster child for sneaky, rotten kids everywhere, he was the reference point for cautious mothers to warn their children about. And everyone in America knew an Eddie Haskell at some point in his or her lives. The amazing phenomenon of Ken Osmond’s character is still going strong, over half a century after the show’s cancellation. Even today, the name Eddie Haskell remains firmly entrenched in the American lexicon. Political foes from both sides of the ideological spectrum love to accuse their opponents of, “acting like Eddie Haskell,” and when Kobi Bryant argues a referee’s call, tweets go out labeling him as an “Eddie Haskell.” Psychology Today Magazine has published articles about recognizing and treating “Eddie Haskell Syndrome” and Matt Groening created Bart Simpson as his own version of “the son of Eddie Haskell.” Now it’s time to meet Ken Osmond, the man behind America’s preeminent bad boy. A man who, as co-star Jerry Mathers said, “Was the best actor on the program, because he was so diametrically opposed to the character he played.” A devoted husband, father and patriot, he’s a man who’s been forever shadowed by Eddie Haskell, but whose own life, was even more amazing than the character he portrayed.

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Christopher J. Lynch
Christopher J. Lynch
black & white illustrations
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Christopher J. Lynch
Christopher J. Lynch
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Leave it to Beaver remains one of the best shows ever broadcast on TV. Without a doubt, Ken Osmond, AKA Eddie Haskell, the iconic character played on this show, was a major contributing factor in its success. Osmond's role has to be one of the funniest of any that I've ever seen on a TV series.

When this book was released, I knew just by looking at the cover that I had to have it immediately. As a matter of fact, I was so enthralled with the book, that my wife and I just started watching the entire Leave it to Beaver series on Netflix. Eddie Haskell makes his first appearance in episode six.

The producers of the show never intended for the Eddie Haskell character to be on more than just one episode. Obviously, once they saw the amazing acting abilities of Osmond, they decided that he would become a regular. I laugh out loud every time I see him in an episode. For those too young to have watched this series the first time around, do so now, as the material is... Read more
Writer Christopher J. Lynch captures the entertaining, interesting life of Ken Osmond beautifully. I was left at the end of each chapter compelled to keep reading until, in a very short time, I finished the whole book. Bravo to Ken and Christopher for a life well lived and a life well told.
Mr. Osmond's life is amazingly interesting and diverse. All the Hollywood life, adventures, and mishaps, he is surprisingly very un-Eddie'ish. Got me laughing for the most part and crying in some. I love the Eddie Trivias. My hats off to both Mrs. Osmonds.
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