Yearly Archives: 2014

Asking Bob Hope A (Dumb) Question

The first time I laid eyes on Bob Hope he was riding on the back of a convertible down the main street of Wapakoneta, Ohio in  September 1969. An entertainment icon looking for a reporter with a dumb question. Luckily,

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A New Novel, Marley Mourned, The Real Clinton Remembered…

This week we said farewell to the beloved chocolate lab of my sister-in-law, Alicia, and brother, Ric. Marley’s sad exit after fourteen years, coincided with the publication of the e-book version of my new Tree Callister novel, The Hound of

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How I Drove Bill Murray From The Movies

These days, Bill Murray is everywhere. In Toronto, they had a Bill Murray Day in his honor. Words like “beloved,” and phrases like “national treasure” are used to describe him. There is “Oscar buzz,” as everyone says, around his performance

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I Can’t Stop Watching: Sex and the TV Drama Revolution

We’ll get to the sex stuff in a moment, but before we do, a brief look back… The first time I visited Los Angeles, I spent a lot of time at Universal Studios. In those days, Universal was a television

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I Tripped Lauren Bacall

This is how I came to trip a Hollywood legend. First of all, let’s set the scene: It is opening night at Detroit’s grand old Fisher Theatre. A new musical based on the classic 1950 Bette Davis movie, All About

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On Top of the World With Robin Williams

The world premiere of the musical Popeye, a live action movie based on the iconic spinach-eating comic strip character, written by Jules Feiffer and directed by Robert Altman, music by Harry Nilsson, was held on a warm December night at the legendary

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Lost on the Prairie With James Garner

We were somewhere in the middle of Alberta, James Garner and me. Actually, there were a few dozen crew members around as well, not to mention Stuart Margolin, Garner’s long-time friend and a frequent co-star on The Rockford Files. But

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