LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE ~ The Terry Hitchcock Story
SERVICE, FAITH, PERSEVERANCE
1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades),2000s,Contemporary
TERRY HITCHCOCK (M/0-80) — LEAD. LOYAL, SOCIAL, PERENNIAL OPTIMIST, AND MAN OF FAITH.
STEVE KNOWLTON (M/50S) — SUPPORTING. STRONG-WILLED, FAMOUS LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER; FRIEND AND MENTEE TO TERRY.
SUSAN ANNE HITCHCOCK (F/30S) — SUPPORTING. TERRY’S LATE WIFE; PRAGMATIC, SUPPORTIVE, DOWN-TO-EARTH.
CHRISTIAN HITCHCOCK (M/30S) — SUPPORTING. TERRY’S SON AND OFTEN RIGHT-HAND MAN;
DETERMINED AND LOYAL.
MARY ANN HITCHCOCK (F/50S) — SUPPORTING. TERRY’S LATE, SECOND WIFE; ANOTHER SUPPORTIVE AND DOWN-TO-EARTH SOUL.
JEAN HITCHCOCK (F/60S) — SUPPORTING. TERRY’S THIRD WIFE; A GRACIOUS AND KINDRED SPIRIT.
USAF Vet Terry Hitchcock loses wife to cancer, raises three small kids alone, and runs the distance of 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days at 57. The film doc, MY RUN, wins 11 of 15 festivals. Hollywood shows interest but the original director dies asleep at 46. Terry survives, his dream intact!
Target Gender: Universal
Vermont, Twin Cities, Atlanta, San Diego, and on the roads across America.
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Publisher: KuleBooks LLC
Year Published: 2018
Born and raised in Vermont, Terry survives nights in cars, kidnapping, gangs, and USAF training to become a wild nightclub musician, later corporate executive with a wife and three small ones. When she dies of cancer, he loses his job but raises the kids alone because "Nothing is impossible."
After The Run, the fame and awards, Terry marries again but loses her to cancer. His "Ultimate Dream" to see one day a Cabinet-level Secretary of Children continues. Today, though his third wife suffers dementia, his kids are grown and Terry keeps on going like a real-life Energizer Bunny!
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Mature Audience Themes
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Plot - Other Elements
Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist
Plot - Premise
Main Character Details
Name: Terry Hitchcock
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Selfless,Engaging,Faithful,Visionary,Romantic,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: Sue Ann Hitchcock
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Selfless,Empathetic,Engaging,Skillful,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Name: Mary Ann Hitchcock
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Sexy,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Romantic,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Name: Steve Knowlton
Key Traits: Adventurous,Underdog,Masculine,Complex,Blunt,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Flexible,Heroic,Insecure,Unapologetic
Three words sum up Terry Hitchcock: "Nothing is impossible." That is the lesson taught him by his grandfather and tested many ways throughout Terry's life, at times from the short end. Always coming up the winner, he survived "impossible" odds against him, some self-made. Terry's feel-good lifetime (ala The Blind Side) is testimony to the indomitable spirit in each of us. Terry played saxophone, earned three degrees, lost two wives to cancer, raised three children single-handedly, transformed himself from top-level corporate executive to an entrepreneur awarded honors by two US Presidents (Reagan & Clinton). A Pied Piper for children, he helped develop software to protect them and put his life on the line by running over 2,000 miles in 75 days - the "impossible" task - to champion single-parented kids and parents worldwide. Today, his Ultimate Dream is to see a Cabinet-level Secretary of Children someday in the White House. Terry Hitchcock, a heroic figure for people of all ages at 57 and 5'8," shows us that there is a champion inside every one of us if we simply believe and never quit. The film documentary MY RUN narrated by Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton chronicled his feat and won 11 of 15 festivals, providing a stage on which he told thousands of children how to hold onto their dreams. But imagine millions! A feature film based on his biography would bring audiences of all ages to their feet and tears of joy to their eyes.
Chronicles the life story of Terry Hitchcock, a New Englander of humble beginnings and who goes on to live a life of service— At first in the military, next in the business world, and later in the form of several fundraising and awareness-raising running expeditions.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
It is accurate.
Draw of Story
What drew me into the story immediately was how accessible and straight-forward the writing style is. This work is entirely sure of itself and hyper focused on its goals to iterate Terry as an exemplary man of service and kindness. The simple, matter-of-fact, and often light-hearted and fun writing style makes this work accessible for all ages, as it should be.
While this work seems firmly committed to being an exhaustive portrait of Terry’s life, it at times felt like it was asking a lot of the reader in terms of what is absolutely essential to know. For one quick example, there is only so much the audience needs to know about Terry’s early days and school crushes for us to have the best idea of the essence of the man at large. This is why scenes and details like these are relegated to glimpses and flashbacks in film. This is a very different format here, but the same idea applies. Cutting, condensing, and simplifying this text would only yield a higher potency overall.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that this a feel-good story about an admirable man and that is bears a chance to impact the audience for good with it noble themes and intentions. One might watch this film for a pick-me-up or for a friendly, motivational push to work harder and to serve others.
No, this work would likely not have a large fanbase, as it is strictly focused on a family audience, and arguably one limited to a religious family audience. Instead, this work is much more geared toward a loyal, niche, and enthusiastic target audience.
No, this does not seem like an awards contender. While it is enormously well-intentioned, it does seem to lack some of the dramatic weight and thematic complexity of the usual awards fare. This work might sweep a smaller, Christian film festival, but it is far from being a contender at the major Hollywood awards circuit.
Similar Films/TV Series
What’s New About the Story
While the allusions to Forrest Gump are inevitable, there really do not seem to be many comparative titles to this. This is quite a unique story in its portraiture of an inarguably unique man. What could be done to make it more complex and resonant, perhaps, albeit not more unique, would be to endow it with more conflict and drama. How can this work be structured to where the stakes steadily rise, scene by scene? Right now, despite all its wholesomeness, it does read a little bit like a bullet point list of a man’s life, even if said life is interesting.
What more needs to be said about the life of Terry Hitchcock? Simply put, the man is one of a kind for his indomitable optimism, his faith, and his commitment to the greater good. Terry is a true empath, and his immortalization on screen would serve the selected audience well— Much can be learned and gathered from the example he has set.
Uniqueness of Story
This is perhaps a rare gem— Not many stories jump to mind as having potential to serve its target audience as well as this one. While this is far from a four-quadrant picture, it would most definitely fare well with its precise target audience. Companies like PureFlix would be wise to consider this story seriously.
This is a consider in that this work is entirely confident and consistent with its intentions and in that it caters exceptionally well to its niche, target audience. Fecklessly feel-good and with noble intentions to boot, this work often exceeds sometimes long-winded approach to its subject with its fun, accessible writing style and its optimistic spirit.
Chronicling the life story of a steadfast and service-minded man of faith named Terry Hitchcock as he serves in the military, navigates the at-times cutthroat corporate world, deals with loss and heartbreak, and finally, as he endeavors on a number of extreme long-distance runs to raise awareness for social issues.
What We Liked
What was refreshing and appealing about this work was, for one thing, it's simple and accessible writing style. As it should be, this work has the power to appeal to all ages and demographics, and the tone strikes as fun and easy-going to boot. What also stands out as a virtue in this work is its noble intentions— There is much to gain from Terry’s story and service. The audience might be better for their exposure to it.
Film: Albeit likely not in the same structure as the source material, it would seem that this work has much potential to lend itself well to the feature-length format. This work is at its strongest when Terry is on his running journeys— The many adversities he faces in terms of weather, wild animals, and physical and emotional tolls often feel cinematic and high stakes.
The scene with the rattlesnakes on the dark road stands out as especially chilling, visual, and pregnant with cinematic opportunity.
TV: This would be a good adaptation for TV in that the epic runs might account for enough content to sustain the longer format. It would really give the audience the access to truly be along for the ride, running right there alongside Terry as he encounters countless obstacles.
However, it must be noted that this work would appear to much more effectively lend itself to the tighter, often more potent feature-length runtime.
1. The noble themes of service and perseverance.
2. How effortlessly this work targets its niche audience.
3. The many, often terrifying obstacles Terry faces on his runs (i.e. the rattlesnakes).
4. The drama afforded by the personal tragedies of Terry that test his faith.
5. The simple, accessible, and upbeat writing style.
Terry Hitchcock was born to humble beginnings in Vermont. He was a curious and sensitive child, with a mostly run-of-the-mill upbringing, save for the time his father kidnapped him from his mother, only for young Terry to be rescued by law enforcement. Terry finds his faith early, and he shows an aptitude for a plethora of different disciplines, including music and performance, but athletics were a standout pastime for him. We follow Terry as he rises through his school years, through several different adolescent crushes, and as he becomes a fearsome baseball pitcher. As a young adult, Terry enlists in the military, only to be given an honorable discharge in order to care for his elder loved ones. Soon, Terry meets and falls for Susan Anne. They marry as Terry braces to begin life in corporate America.
Terry makes a name for himself in a variety of different disciplines and industries for his good natured spirit and critical thinking and problem-solving skills, not to mention his dauntless work ethic. Soon, Terry finds a home at the Coca Cola Corporation, working under VP Jerry Vielher, who would come to be a best friend and mentor to Terry. Terry continues to make a name for himself with his work ethic, even drawing the attention of the CEO of PepsiCo. Terry also writes a landmark book about business in America. Later, Terry accepts an executive position at CPT Corporation, which stands for cassette-powered typewriting, but it proved to be a rather cutthroat, at-times toxic work environment. Terry would later go on to join the Data Card Group, which produces personalized credit cards en masse. Soon, tragedy strikes when Sue is diagnosed with cancer. It's a terrible battle she faces, and Terry wrestles with his faith throughout her intense struggles. But before too long, Sue passes away, leaving Terry to care for their three kids by himself.
Soon, at 55 years old, Terry hatches the idea to do a long-distance running stunt to raise awareness for single parent homes. With that, he starts training to do the distance of 75 marathons in 75 days. After months of an arduous daily regimen, the trek begins. It's a constant battle for Terry-- fighting physical and psychological ailments to make the full distance--nearly 2000 miles from the start point. Eventually, he arrives in Atlanta, GA to a huge crowd and a great reception. His son Christian runs the last mile with him, cheering him on. Terry soon meets the woman who will become his second wife-- Mary Ann. Time passes, and a documentary filmmaker takes interest in Terry's story. Although the film never quite hits it big, it becomes a small festival darling, and the audiences enjoy the film enthusiastically at each stop.
Soon, Terry meets kindred spirit Steve Knowlton, who is a bit of a famous long-distance runner himself. Tragedy strikes again, though, as Mary Ann passes away from illness as well.
Terry calls up Steve, and they endeavor together to run across the country. It's a treacherous affair, with the two dodging scorpions and snakes, and with Terry's son suffering a diabetic attack. Ultimately, though, the runners are proud of their effort and for the awareness they raised. Terry, now a senior, would go on to marry a third time, this time to "Sweet" Jean. They live a social and happy life in Florida, while Terry plans and aspires to become the first U.S. Secretary of Children.