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Don Kirshner, the suit with the Rock Concert, could’ve been Gordon’s meal ticket, instead of a near-miss and friend of Black Sabbath, the Monkees and so many more

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

When I last blogged about my dreamer-of-an-uncle, Gordon Zahler, I mentioned his zeal in the late-1950s and early-1960s to be part of a team developing a Bible-inspired, fire-and-brimstone amusement park – sorta Disneyland for the Old Testament. Niagara Falls was one possible locale. But I’d be a dunderhead historian, and creative sloth of disgusting proportions, […]

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Tags: Don Kirshner · Gordon's big ideas · Pure Inspiration · Uncategorized · Wheeling the Deal

The unknowingly paralyzed and stem cell hope

June 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Here’s an overshadowed story that should wise up the medical community and the politicians. “Surprising new research says nearly 1.3 million Americans are living with a spinal-cord injury, five times more than previous estimates. Overall, 5.5 million people in the U.S. have some degree of paralysis due to a variety of neurologic problems, from multiple […]

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Tags: Quadriplegia · Uncategorized · Wheeling the Deal

So why would I risk so much to write about a little, gnarl-bodied dreamer in a wheelchair?

May 14th, 2009 · No Comments

This story, published some months back in a chain of indepedent community newspapers, dips its toe into that mystery. ” … Jacobs’ first book, Wheeling the Deal: The Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood’s Flashiest Quadriplegic, was begun as a gift to Jacob’s mother, Zahler’s sister. When the 1993 wildfires destroyed part of the Jacobs’ […]

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What a remarkable story of grace, achievement, tragedy and rebound: a dancer’s tale from a country where the state runs the news

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Here’s the opening of the New York Times piece about Liu Yan, an exceptional and brave woman my uncle would’ve had more than a little advice for as she acclimates to life by the seat of her pants. Be sure and watch the video. “Last August a 26-year-old dancer named Liu Yan was supposed to […]

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The fine print of miraculous survival: a sentimental interview revisited

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Though my book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood’s Flashiest Quadriplegic, has been out for about a year, this interview by Jacqueline Marcell on her radio program Coping with Caregiving remains one of my favorite appearances. Jacqueline, author of a well-acclaimed book herself, knows her stuff. Listen to her show sometime […]

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Pity need not apply: voices of the paralyzed and afflicted sound very much like my uncle. You mourn the part of you that’s lost and enrich and rejoice in the majority that remains.

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Nobody does self-narrated portraits better than the New York Times. Here’s the paper’s spinal cord trauma page and a well-done story about an expermimental stem cell treatment for the recently paralyzed. In reading all this, I cannot help but wonder what Gordon would say or how he would react. One thing is for certain. He […]

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Overall strong review of Wheeling the Deal in the Internet Review of Books

December 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Penny Richards praised the “exceptional” level of personal detail and insight, the inclusion of how religion influenced the family dynamics and the perspective about the gritty work of Hollywood. What she took exception to was the informal style of writing, an intereresting critique since so many others have applauded the writing style as “amazing,” “witty” […]

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A true BOND that neither time (nor Wall Street) can snap. Just like Gordon, how lucky I am to know Troy the great.

October 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

The call came from out of nowhere, a message to me from someone I’d never heard of before, a message left on the wrong house line. He said his name was Bond, Troy Bond to be exact, and he’d read about my book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, in his local […]

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Sometimes I forget why I’m here. Let’s get it straight. It’s because of one man’s journey, a voyage of heartbreak, redemption, adventure and karma that changed who I am. Give it a read and see what you think.

October 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Curious? C’mon, we all need under-heroes. link Here’s what others have said about the biography of Hollywood’s incorrigible little dreamer. Family memoirs are rife with grandiose tales of triumph over adversity, and while it would be easy to dismiss Jacobs’ portrait of his unorthodox uncle as another such unvarnished encomium, his professional background as […]

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Norm Pringle, Gordon’s old engineer, come on down to the Hall of Fame. A deserving tribute to an industrious dude

October 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

My uncle, the focus of the book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood’s Flashiest Quadriplegic, had no shortage of colorful buddies and cohorts, some quite famous, meandering in and out of the improbable, white-knuckler adventure that was his life. We’re talking Nat King Cole, Larry Harmon (a.k.a. “Bozo the Clown”), Hugo […]

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