USA Today chimes in
Monday, October 20, 2008
About three weeks ago, Carol Memmott, USA Today's book editor, made the 3 1/2-hour drive north from her offices outside Washington, D.C., to spend a morning with me, talking about my new book, the old book, the children's books, and of course, the upcoming movie. As it turns out, just before she arrived I caught my new Lab pup, Woodson, gleefully devouring the cover of a copy of Bad Dog, Marley! that someone had dropped by to have signed. I couldn't resist showing Carol the shredded remains in the trash can. We both had to laugh at the unscripted Marley-worthy moment. The tradition continues.
Here is her piece that ran in USA Today this morning: (And yes, Woodson's moment of mischief made the cut.)
By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY
EMMAUS, Pa. — A movie star is snoozing on writer John Grogan's sofa.
The cuddly celebrity is Woodson, Grogan's 8-month-old puppy. His claim to canine fame?
He's one of about two dozen Labrador retrievers who stand in for Marley in Marley & Me, the film version of Grogan's best-selling 2005 memoir about his adorable but mischievous yellow Lab.
These are high-profile times for Grogan. Marley & Me the movie opens Christmas Day and stars Owen Wilson as the writer and Jennifer Aniston as his wife, Jenny.
On Tuesday, William Morrow publishes Grogan's second memoir, The Longest Trip Home, his story of growing up in a devoutly Catholic family in suburban Detroit.
Grogan, 51, and his wife and their three children, Patrick, 16, Conor, 14, and Colleen, 11, have lived in this rural community about an hour outside Philadelphia since 1999. Their menagerie includes three cats, two chickens and another Lab, 4-year-old Gracie.
Marley, who died in 2003, is buried in the backyard, beneath an arc of cherry trees and wild raspberry bushes. Nothing indicates it's the resting place of a celebrity. "I intentionally wanted him to blend into the landscape," Grogan says. ....
To read the full story -- and see a photo of Mr. Woodson and me, and a shot of Owen Wilson pretending to be me and Woodson pretending to be Marley (I hope you're keeping this straighter than I am) -- please follow this link:
Now I need to get to bed. I'm writing this from the Omni Berkshire hotel on 52nd Street in New York. In six hours I will be up and on my way to the ABC studios in Times Square for a four-minute segment on Good Morning America. Nothing is set in stone, but it is supposed to run between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. (that's Tuesday morning). Tune in if you dare! :)
Then I read from The Longest Trip Home and sign books at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue at 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan at 12:30 p.m.
Over and out for now.... John
posted by John Grogan at 5:34 PM