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Pat Boone column debuts

Entertainment legend Pat Boone today begins writing a weekly, exclusive column for WorldNetDaily.

Pat Boone

Boone has been a top-selling recording artist, the star of his own hit TV series, a movie star, a Broadway headliner and a best-selling author in a career that has spanned half a century. During the classic rock ‘n’ roll era of the 1950s, he sold more records than any artist except Elvis Presley.

Included in Boone’s amazing career is a long string of successful movies, including “State Fair,” “Journey To The Center Of The Earth,” “April Love,” “The Cross And The Switchblade” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” At one time, he was a Top-10 box-office draw. Boone has also had a successful career in television, including recent appearances on “7th Heaven,” “Hollywood Squares,” “The Other Side,” as well as many appearances on Fox News, Larry King Live, CBN and TBN.

Additionally, Boone is a best-selling author with 15 books to his credit. His first book, “Twixt Twelve and Twenty,” became the No. 1 nonfiction best seller for two years. Then, after several follow-ups to “Twixt Twelve and Twenty,” he wrote “A New Song” (1970) – an account of his and his family’s spiritual journeys and discoveries that went on to sell over a million hardcover copies, with millions more in paperback. It has been translated into 17 languages.

Boone is best known, however, for his phenomenal music career. In addition to setting numerous records in pop music and selling more records than any artist except Elvis Presley, Boone recorded the first million-selling Gospel album, “Hymns We Love.” And he has produced many other albums of Christian music, traditional, folk, contemporary and narrative.

But regardless of his accomplishments, Boone hasn’t let success go to his head. Over the years, he has served as national spokesman for the March of Dimes, the National Association of the Blind and other worthy charities. As a result of those efforts, he was asked to be the entertainment chairman and host of the National Easter Seal telethon and has served in this capacity for 18 years – raising over $600 million to help handicapped and disabled children and adults.

Most importantly, Pat and his wife, Shirley, recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary and continue to be blessed daily with the love and support of the growing families of their four daughters and 15 grandkids, including their daughter Debby, who also has had a successful entertainment career.

Read Pat’s debut column for WND: “Keep Boy Scouts from ACLU’s grasp” — and come back every Saturday to read his weekly commentary.