This is what my honey is up to. In addition to opening the show on the Eagles Tour earlier this year, he now has over 185 audio books to his credit! "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" is still one of my favorites, but I have become deeply hooked by two of the best fantasy authors working today (in order of appearance in our lives): Aaron Hodges (The Sword of Light Trilogy) and Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online). Brilliant stuff superbly delivered!
My lovely, charming middle child has built a respected career as a real estate agent and will happily sell your house from under you while helping you find your Forever Home anywhere in the U.S.A. or other exotic spot.
My youngest son has released his second album and working on his third. He's a terrific songwriter. It's not easy being a rockabilly performer in Los Angeles, after being a banker for 18 years, but he's making it happen.
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 Creative Productions, a respected prop shop in Tinsel Town. Take a look at who comes out of that plain steel door. BTW, the lovely photo is a pleasant Maori greeting, inspired by the time they spent in New Zealand, working on THE HOBBIT (etc.) with Sir Richard, at Weta.
My oldest little brother, the most remarkable actor among us. After many years working with the late George Roy Hill, winning an Emmy for his precedent-setting documentary, THE MAKING OF BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, and producing A LITTLE ROMANCE, he became an accountant and is retired from Warner Brothers.
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 (the minimum goal is 150 reviews). Since I have only marketed it during the holidays, it's being a long slog.
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 actor, singer, playwright, was 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.)
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.
UPDATE: Sadly, Clyde's estate was badly managed and the theater had to be sold. The West Valley Playhouse continues on in a new location and, unable to open again until Covid has been resolved, bravely soldiers on with remarkably clever Zoom performances and very generously low admission.
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 . . .