About The Author

In 1968, Barry Damsky realized he needed an expressive outlet.

He had a lot of stories to tell after working at a major New York City theatrical agency, where he started in the mailroom, but left as a television agent placing major talent on programs such as The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and the Merv Griffin Show.

He then immersed himself for years in the life of a New York aspiring actor, before leaving for Los Angeles to continue pursuing it, only to end up opening his own theatrical agency.

Along the way he grabbed a yellow pad and started pouring out his thoughts and anecdotes. Years later, Barry submitted a couple of pieces to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, which published them. The Boonville Herald invited Barry to write an every-other-week column on whatever topic he chose, and these columns inspired him to write about life’s journey. He shares his unique perspective on people he met along the way — Linda Eastman McCartney, Arthur Miller, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Carson, Paul Anka and Dustin Hoffman, among others. He also shares his experience as a contestant on “The Dating Game.”

The wide arc of Barry’s life is full of entertainment, in a literal sense, as he spent much of his career in television, radio and the performing arts. From running with the bulls in Pamplona to experiencing rejection as an actor in New York and Los Angeles, and as a country singer in Nashville, Barry’s engaging stories will leave you wanting more!

Barry Damsky is co-founder of the Carpenter & Damsky Advertising Agency, Utica, New York. His lifelong passion – in addition to writing – is singing and songwriting, with his first CD, “We Declare,” released in 2008.


About The Book

Barry Damsky writes fun-to-read vignettes, from his days as a theatrical agent in New York and Los Angeles to the quiet delight of living in a small town America.

He shares, among other things, his unique perspective of meeting major talent, his experience as a contestant on the “The Dating Game,” and running with the bulls in Pamplona. Stories of “real life” abound – the dedication it takes to pursue a dream, learning how to deal with disappointment when one’s desires and dreams seem out of reach, and what it’s like to be a father and husband.

“The Peas Were Cold” will make you laugh and cry.

There is no one quite like Barry Damsky, yet his stories have a common thread with anyone who lives life fully and is true to the creative and adventuresome spirit that makes each of us human. Barry’s engaging personality and writing style will leave you with an appreciation for a life well-lived, with the best yet to come.

“Damsky belongs on the shelves of readers who are looking for variety and simplicity in all the little moments that add up to a life.”

“An often uplifting collection about life’s joys, wonders and quirks, shared by a writer who experienced them all.”

“In his collection, The Peas Were Cold, Damsky’s tone is disarmingly self-deprecating when it needs to be and deeply revealing when least expected.”

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