“As a young man, the movie “The Graduate” had a big impact on me. Men my age still laugh whenever I say “Plastics.” But hey, whatever happened to Ben Braddock?
I guess we will never know but Ken Owensby has given us the perfect sequel – It’s not Ben Braddock but Kevin Owens (Ken Owensby!?!?!?) who has become a successful salesman and he is the road warrior that every top salesman from these years knows all too well.
Yup, there is always gonna be another Mrs. Robinson and there is always gonna be another cocktail hour that leads to bad decisions, but along the way, we watch a survivor grow into a man with wisdom and perspective.
The lifelong love of a good woman who holds him together even when he doesn’t deserve it gives this story its poignant depth. (Elaine Robinson’s destiny, perhaps?)
None of us will ever know what happened next for Ben Braddock but Ken Owensby has given us a damned good story that fills that gap.”