Stories, Conversations and Life Travels with a Bemused Columnist and His Whimsical Wife

By Randy Fitzgerald, Barbara Fitzgerald, Ray McAllister (Introduction By)

Beach Glass Books, 9780998788128, 196pp.

Publication Date: November 30, 0002



Award-winning columnist Randy Fitzgerald and his wife, Barbara, get the humor soaring in a new book, "FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Stories, Conversations and Life Travels with a Bemused Columnist and His Whimsical Wife," published by Beach Glass Books.

"Flights," a $14.95 paperback, is a collection of columns and anecdotes shared by Randy – columnist for The Richmond News Leader, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Boomer magazine – and Barbara – freelance writer and advertising/marketing expert. The couple long has been a favorite both in print and on the local lecture tour.

Randy writes of the ordinary and the outrageous events in the life of one man's family, including an encounter with eight members of the British Royal family (yes, including the queen) on a London street and another with Willie Nelson in a Nashville parking lot.

But did Randy also take his bride on a honeymoon to the Putt-Putt capital of the world? Did he flood his family's home to the tune of $13,000 in damages? And did Barb back the car over his Martin guitar? Did she get the couple's love story featured in Good Housekeeping magazine?

Yes to all that and much, much more. Barb, his wife of 31, 46 or 56 years (it all depends on how you count) confirms and explains it all with her amused and amusing commentaries. Dozens of photographs and Douglas Payne illustrations enhance the stories.

"Flights of Fancy" is perfect for your handbag or beach bag, anyone’s holiday stocking, your favorite end table or even the bathroom. Count on it being picked up – and the laughs to ensue. Find it in local stores or at

About the Author

For nearly four decades, Randy Fitzgerald was a part-time reporter/columnist for first The Richmond News Leader and then the Richmond Times-Dispatch, as well as other local publications. For the past decade, he has been a columnist for Boomer Magazine. In 2011, he was named “Best Magazine Columnist in Virginia” by the Virginia Press Association

Meanwhile, Randy also was teaching at The College of Charleston, Virginia State University, and the University of Virginia, and headed up the English and journalism departments at Virginia Union University. For 23 years, he was director of public relations at the University of Richmond.

Barbara Fitzgerald has had a long career as a college professor and a writer, with projects as varied as a “small book” on U.S. Ambassador Alexander Weddell, commissioned by the Virginia Historical Society; advertising copy for Seiko, Kimberly Clark and more than 2,000 other clients; and an award-winning magazine interview with Lily Tomlin. After teaching English at the University of Georgia and The College of Charleston, in 1990 Barbara founded her own marketing, copywriting and PRshop, WordsWorth, in Richmond.