This is what my honey has been up to, lately. He's now got over 165 audio books to his credit! One of my favorites is, "Farewell to Sport" Paul Gallico's, salute (and sometimes raspberries) to the world he turned away from in 1938, to write novels like "Snow Goose" and "Poseidon Adventure." It is an amazing ride, the most vivid picture of the sports world I think anyone will ever encounter. I've met the real Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, and numberless others of the Golden Decade (1920's), when it seemed everything was going to be wonderful forever. Gallico's predictions of the future turned out to be eerily accurate. Once again, David's done a masterful job. Check him out on Audible.com. (He can also be out loud downright funny!)
Named for her uncle Johnny, my youngest daughter inherited Pat Hogan's artistic talents. She draws (see DRAGON SOLSTICE cover), sculpts, and helps her husband, Michael Moore run HMS. That lovely photo is a Maori greeting, inspired by the time they spent in New Zealand, working on THE HOBBIT (etc.) with Sir Richard, at Weta.
By now, you may have heard that Johnny was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about five years ago. It has progressed quickly. When he was unable to keep up with his Facebook page, our friend Tracey Bacus created and manages the Johnny Crawford Legacy Facebook page. (The original page is still there.) A GoFundMe account was started by Paul Petersen and has been a great blessing.
I'm Family, too. This is the primary Facebook Page, where those who love me will publicize their "Like" and where, every once in a while, I post updates before they get to the Blog page here (it's ever so much less complicated, if fleeting).
I can't believe I figured out how to set up this page but here it is. "Like" and "Share" with your list and you will have the eternal gratitude of the author and the illustrator, SMH RedElk, who happens to be my amazingly talented daughter, Shawna. Amazon Reviews are welcome and will be a great help when there are enough for them to list us with other "dragon" books.
Here are some talented people you might like getting to know, alphabetically by first name because I'm a simple person. Keep checking back because there are so many that I'm fond of, I'm going to have to rotate some once in a while. . .
We met when he played "Red" (honest, who would guess but that's the character's name) in the award-winning production I directed of "The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia." David and I are proud to be numbered among his friends. If you ever have a chance to see him deliver "The Extra Mile" run, walk, crawl to get there. . .
The late Keith Robinson was a brilliant Beachside Philosopher whose observations match, and often surpass, those in "Doonsbury" and the lamented "Pogo." His strip, "Making It," deserves lots more attention. He is great;y missed/ It's a delight to be able to share this with you.
Actor, singer, playwright and too much fun to be around. You'll get lost, here, and won't mind a bit! (See if you can find me, with an Irish accent, and David, too. Hint: excerpt from a reading of Ray's ASHES IN YONKERS.)
Saundra and I were in ballet class together and, after all these years, in spite of some exotic physical ills (ever been in a falling elevator? Twice?) she still has a better body than I do! If you know anyone with teeth (or without) send them here. Her book will open your eyes and mouth - and give you a new look at healthful living!
We had a party at our house and Shannon and Jim ran into each other. History. This is one of the most remarkable couples I know, for their journey includes guiding their son through (and successfully beyond) the trauma of Autism. If you are blessed not to need this link, you may know someone who does.
David & I have done many shows here for and with Artistic Director Jon Berry. There are quite a few stories, of course, but the main one is that it has always been a lovely place to work (even when it was housed in a Methodist church rec hall). It became a miracle theater when the Methodists wanted their room (and building, by then!) back - and local businessman Clyde Porter came to the rescue by buying the long-empty former Masonic Temple in Canoga Park, gutting it, and turning it into a 167 seat theater with a lobby big enough for an art gallery. Gorgeous space, nice folks and solid productions make it a must-visit for anyone in the West San Fernando Valley. That's Jon in the crazy black wig in the lower left, as the evil Count in the musical "Tale of Two Cities," and my Gigi, Ginger Pauley in the upper right corner as "Calamity Jane." David & I might be found in the picture gallery but I haven't checked, lately.
I wrote a couple of plays about this guy. This link is to the founding branch in Britain. I belong to the American Branch. In fact, I am the Los Angeles Chapter, which means I can have meetings on the spur of the moment . . .