On this episode of Fabulous Film & Friends I talk with George Young, author of the forthcoming novel Time Blinked, about Robert Redford & Barry Levinson’s seminal 1984 love letter to baseball, The Natural , based on the novel by Bernard Malamud. The multi-talented Mr. Young, whose exciting and varied career includes working as a professional dancer and then as an in-demand line producer for motion pictures television and commercials, has now added published author to his long list of accomplishments.
I’ve known George for almost 20 years, when he took a chance on a very green production assistant named Gino Caputi to work on an American Express commercial he was line producing involving Michael Andretti driving an ice cream truck down Taylor Street in an homage to the car chase in Bullitt.
Little did I know then that George had the writing bug in him and that 15 years hence, he would give up his successful career in film and television to become a full-time author, moving to New York and doing the writer’s grind. The hard work paid off and now he has a publishing deal for Time Blinked.
Time Blinked tells the story of Robert “Bobby” Young, a high school baseball phenom, who, during a promotional homerun contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies, gets caught in a mysterious ripple in time and finds himself at bat against the 1975 Oakland A’s in an exhibition game where his towering 550 foot game winning smash sets off a chain of events that not only alters Major League Baseball history but threatens Bobby’s very existence on earth.