My ultimate goal is to publish a book about my father Emil Sitka’s experiences of working with the Three Stooges, a project he himself worked on for the last ten years of his life. He never really formed a plan and just made notes and wrote out some stories. I’ve inherited all his materials including not only his notes and stories but also his diaries, mementos, scrapbooks, photo albums and many recorded interviews.
But I don’t have any experience with publishing either.
So as a sort of practice project, I’m going to try to publish a smaller, easier book about my father’s early life before he came to Hollywood. It will be focused on a manuscript he wrote in 1936 about his experiences as a teenaged hobo riding the rails across America during the Great Depression in 1933. It will include photos and mementos he collected along the way and will be a authentic record of that era in our country’s history. It may not appeal to Stooge fans but publishing it should give me the knowledge to make the subsequent book about the Three Stooges a better product. At least, that’s the plan.
Here’s a picture of my father hopping a train in 1933.