M-M-Mel Tillis says—
“I have known the Futch family just about all my life . . . and, if you like it wild and wooley, Alvin’s narratives of growing up in and around Plant City, and all over the state of Florida for that matter, are about the wildest and wooliest as it gets. A Great read.”
Al Berry Says–
“For the past year I have enjoyed reading excerpts from Alvin Futch’s book “Wild & Wooley and Full of Fleas” in the Hillsborough County monthly publication of In the Field magazine. Recently, Alvin sent me a copy of the final manuscript. The book is a side-splitting, humorous reading adventure of life growing up on the family ranch in east Hillsborough County. Expect a delightful reading experience as each chapter of the book is funnier than the last one.
Al Berry-Editor-in-Cheif, In the Field
Jim Paul says–
“What a trip! Alvin Futch and his scribe, cousin Chuck, lead us into a quaint, exciting, poignant, and sometimes unbelievable history of life on a ranch in West Central Florida during the second third of the 20th century. Rarely does one have the opportunity to see, feel, and smell days now long gone. Wild & Wooley is a textbook on the culture, economics, and challenges of the depression days and days that followed as seen through the eyes of a boy in a resilient family. Alvin is now a senir citizen and he has given us a gift to savor. The graphic images of lived experiences in his family stick in the mind. You’ll laugh, cry, shudder, admire, and simply feel the tugs of struggles and overcoming against all adds. It is a joy to read and education for those interested in rural Florida when it was getting it’s economic footing and coming of age. Florida has had growing pains and remarkable gains. Alvin lived all of it and shares it in this remarkable and very readable narrative of life in his family and community.”
Jim Paul, PhD, Retired Professor,
University of South Florida, Tampa
Cousin Charles says–
“This began as a simple project to set down Alvin’s personal history for his family. The further we went the bigger it got, developing into a most readable and interesting book.
As we began the process of verbalizing the unique pictures that make up Alvin’s life, what I had always thought was confirmed, he is truly a great storyteller. We are third cousins but didn’t know each other when we were growing up. We got acquainted and became close friends after my return to Florida when I moved my family to Plant City in 1956.
I was born and raised in Sarasota County, almost living a parallel life to Alvin. My early years were spent on a large ranch/farm operation managed by my dad, Charles E. (Tobe) Futch, Sr. We faced many of the common challenges of the day so it was easy to relate as his stories unfolded.
It has been an absolute joy to participate in this trip which, incidentally, I hope hasn’t come to an end. There are many, many more great stories he needs to tell, so stand by.”
Charles E. (Chuck) Futch