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May 20th, 2009
03:30 PM ET

Larry King: The day my father died

Editor's note: Below is an excerpt from Larry King's autobiography, "My Remarkable Journey," published by Weinstein books. Watch him talk to Anderson tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/books/05/13/larry.king.dad/art.larry.brother.kida.jpg caption="Larry, left, at age 10 with his younger brother, Marty, shortly after their father died."]

Larry King

I was walking home from the library carrying nine books. That's the way my memory sees it. I can't know for sure if it was exactly nine books. Maybe I picture nine books because I was nine years old. I'm certain that I was nine years old, because I'm sure of the date - June 9, 1943. There were a lot of books under my arm on that summer day because I loved books. I wonder what happened to those nine books ...

There were three squad cars in front of my apartment building. Flivvers, we called them. I don't remember exactly when I started to hear my mother's screams. But as I hurried up the steps, a cop quickly came down, straight for me. He picked me up and the books went flying.

I'm not sure if I knew the cop. But I may have. For years, before the war started and my father went to work in the defense plant, he'd owned a little neighborhood bar and grill. He was friendly with all the cops. The cops loved my father the way they loved any bar owner who had a great sense of humor. I remember having my own police costume when I was very young. A badge and a little nightstick came with it. I'd make like I was walking the beat.

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  1. Matthew Otasowie

    I sympathise with you Larry. It does make you grow up quickly to Adulthood and smart – which you’re.
    You see, in my African language, we have a saying …’when the inevitable comes knocking, you cannot be too busy not to answer.
    God bless you Larry for impacting our world in such a way only the blessed of God can.

    Matthew O.

    May 22, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  2. Matthew Otasowie

    I sympathise with you Larry. It does make you grow up quickly to Adulthood and smart – which you're.
    You see, in my African language, we have a saying ...'when the inevitable comes knocking, you cannot be too busy not to answer.
    That experience has made you wise and it is wisdom to share them with your world. What you give never leaves you but like a ripple, its goes on ahead of you and the reward is endless.
    God bless you Larry for impacting our world in such a way only the blessed of God can.

    Matthew O.

    May 22, 2009 at 12:43 am |
  3. Heidi Berg

    I will love to read your book Larry

    May 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Reading this I felt like Larry was sitting right next to me telling me the story – his writing style draws you in and you can see the images of what is happening. If the rest of the book is as good as this part then the book will make a very good read. Guess I have a book to order. Thanks for sharing your memories and being the king for all these years, Larry. You are the best.

    May 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  5. Maria Isabel

    The loss of someone is a moment in life that should not exist. The pain that is within us, follow us until to the end, some days more, other days less. This pain puts to the test our will to survive.

    The loss of a father (or mother) is something that we attached to the rest of life. A piece of our soul is torn from us, there's more willingness to live, but it is accurate.

    I look forward tonight, excited! 🙂

    May 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  6. alanood al thani

    so sad it breaks my heart i feel bad writing that especially since his dad died of a heart attack 🙁

    May 20, 2009 at 3:57 pm |