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Category Archives: Clint Eastwood

THEY MAKE MOVIES is Published

The eternal writing and revising and formatting of THEY MAKE MOVIES have been completed. The marketing plans are in place. It’s time to play ball, and I’m feeling a little tense. So let’s throw out the first pitch and see what happens. Introduction This fast-moving collection blends fiction with history to illuminate the lives and […]

Also posted in Cate Blanchette, Clark Gable, Claude Rains, George Thomas Clark, Kate Winslet, Louise Brooks, Lupe Velez, Marilyn Monroe, Spike Lee, They Make Movies

Bay Area Delights

Don’t you love the Bay Area? It’s the greatest megalopolis on earth, featuring the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay and wooded hills surrounding blue water and boats and ominous Alcatraz and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, and there are all the major league sports and concerts and countless museums and parks and universities […]

Also posted in Carmel, Central Valley, Cypress Point, Football, Gabby Douglas, Golf, Gymnastics, Homeless, Nastia Liukin, Painters, Pebble Beach, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Simone Biles, Spyglass Hill, Stanford University, Tom Hanks

Material Handler on the Road

I still wonder if my adult working career for many years progressed like a tortoise in sand because of apathy or a reflexive hatred of manual labor that began too soon, at age nine, when my mother remarried and her new husband, a drill sergeant masquerading as an electrical engineer and contractor, drafted my stepbrother […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Alcohol, Auburn, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Burbank, California, California Youth Authority, Carmel, Cars & Driving, Chico, Coast Ranges, Construction, Drugs, Electricians, Errol Flynn, Families, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fresno, George S. Patton, George Thomas Clark, Grass Valley, Hollywood, Interstate 5, Los Angeles, Manual Labor, Marijuana, Media, Mental Health, Monterey, Newspapers, Pacific Ocean, Rocklin, Rolling Stones, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Sierra Nevada, Stephen Stills, Stockton, Television, Unions