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Blind Guys Break 80

Blind Guys Break 80

“Fred Reiss did for golf what he previously did for surfing­—given us a hip, insider’s story told with a wicked sense of humor.”

- Chris Miller, National Lampoon author of Animal House



“What a story! I really, really liked it. Took Blind Guys Break 80 on a plane flight from California to England. It was the fastest flight ever. That’s my quote!”

- Huey Lewis, Grammy-award winner, rock singer, 10-handicap golfer


“Here Fred Reiss has done something pretty cool with Blind Guys Break 80. He’s turned a golf course into not just a metaphor for life but an entertaining stage where characters crack wicked jokes and utter deep truths. Imagine teeing it up in a foursome of John Daly, Martha Stewart, David Mamet and George Carlin. Then imagine a 19th hole therapy session with them. That sort of explains what Reiss is up to here—but doesn’t begin to touch on the sweet family drama at the heart of it all. I give this book four strokes a side and four stars out of four.”

- Mark Purdy, sports columnist, San Jose Mercury News


Cloudy is a middle-aged loser who hopes improving his golf game will earn his Dad's respect. On the links, Cloudy is faced with the hard truth that he can only become a better golfer by confronting his personal limitations and overcoming them. Only his Mother’s love, the spirit of Freehold, New Jersey, and the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass can redeem Cloudy's soul from the true source of his failure at golf and life: himself.. $14.95



 Blind Guys Break 80 is a love letter to a lost American way of life.


In 1964 Stonehurst began as a single-family development with 256 homes in Freehold, New Jersey. Stonehurst was built on 230 acres of farmlands, orchards and forests. The average age of the families moving into the newly constructed homes was in the mid-thirties range.


It was a great time period to grow up. No one's job was being outsourced to another country.  There was no "home office." People came home from the office. Developers built homes not condos. No one was worried about retirement. They planned it!


Moms didn't have to work. No one was concerned about health care. There were local businesses, pensions, mixed drinks! Andlaughter. Oh, the laughter! Man did people have fun!



Talk about Closure: Me and Herb

I had a chance to meet Herb Alpert. I gave him a copy of Blind Guys Break 80 and said, "I just want you to know that your music during the sixties was always played at parties in our living room. When our Dad was dying under sedation, I put headphones on him and played your music so Dad would think he was leaving this world dancing with Mom."

Herb was very nice, a real gentleman. I hope I didn't scare him!