It may seem odd to readers that the body of Townsend Brown’s biography begins not with the early, formative days Brown’s life in the early 1900s, but with the beginnings of a romance between Brown’s daughter Linda and a mysterious transfer student into Linda’s high school in a Philadelphia suburb in the mid-1960s.
Rest assured, we’ll get to all the beginnings of Brown’s life soon enough. When we do we’ll look at the various differing versions of his early years that have already found their way into circulation, and attempt to reconcile the differences.
In the mean time, you’ll just have to take my word for it: only by following the curious wanderings of these two young hearts will we be able to get a firm perspective on the real heart of this story.
The two individuals introduced in this chapter — Linda and her classmate Morgan — are not only central to the story of Townsend Brown’s life, their very different relationships with Brown provide the vantage point and the window through which we will ultimately see the much larger picture unfold.
Recall that the Prologue: Every Cabbie in Catalina ended with Brown’s arrival at the heli-port in Long Beach, where he was met by a familiar face. Now learn how that face and person first came into Brown’s orbit by reading
and stayed tuned for next week’s installment:
Chapter 2: No Moving Parts