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January 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll have plenty to say, post and blather about this one in the months to come. For now, Gordon up.   FROM THE DUST COVER: The life of Gordon Zahler was simply so miraculous that it might as well have been science fiction.  Born into an entertainment family in suburban Los Angeles in the mid-1920s, Zahler […]

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Get while it’s hot. My latest book is a collection of my top narrative and investigative articles. May I present “The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths”

April 30th, 2013 · No Comments

  In this stories collection 23-years-in-the-making, you’ll find 29 articles on a sumptuous basket of subjects originally published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Daily News, L.A. Weekly and other publications. Hold on for the unexpected and the maddening, the heartbreaking and the mystifying. The feature, investigative and opinion pieces here by Chip Jacobs range […]

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If we want to ditch fossil fuels, and all the smog and global warming that it manufactures in bulk, perhaps we should we get ourselves far beyond the clouds.

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments

* I love this type of story. Ingenuity meets necessity. Graps exceeds reach. A scientific revolution that might lubricate social harmony. Orbital power plants: a warming, exhaust-laden envivorment needs you. From MSNBC: “The sun’s abundant energy, if harvested in space, could provide a cost-effective way to meet global power needs in as little as 30 […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · execution · Pure Inspiration · Smogtown · Smogtown book

Hero search: you need not look further than the fantastic Eric LeGrand, a man who lives up to his name.

November 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Watch him roll victoriously onto the fileld with his teammates after surviving the nearly unsurvivable. ” … On October 16, 2010, I was a junior playing special teams for Rutgers during a midseason game against Army. We were playing at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., not far from our campus. With the game tied […]

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Tags: Family matters · medical advancements · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia

The shocking musical truth of 1950′s sci-fi

October 25th, 2011 · No Comments

My uncle was Ed Wood Jr.’s music man. And his involvement might’ve been stranger than the plot to “Plan Nine from Outer Space,” still regarded by movie experts as one of the most dreadful films of all time. (Sorry “City Slickers II.”) Gordon Zahler, you see, couldn’t move a muscle, let alone lead an orchestra […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · The Hollywood Way · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

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

So, wheelchairs are for wusses, eh? During these holidays, please take stock of wrong assumptions and never look at someone disabled the same way again. They need your respect, not your pity. By watching this high-flying video, you can see that fate can knock a kid off his or her legs, but it can’t remove the wind from their adrenaline, their courage or their imagination. Could Timmy Tim handle this? As my uncle would say, “You betcha!”

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Gordon, had he been injured today instead of 1940, would’ve had these extreme sorts burying their eyes. Even so, the things he survived as a quadriplegic still astonish. He just wasn’t getting as much air as these pros. Happy Holidays everyone, and if you get a chance, please check out Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous […]

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Tags: Family matters · Hollywood · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia

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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Tags: paralysis · Pure Inspiration · Wheeling the Deal

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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Tags: Pure Inspiration · Wheeling the Deal

The BEST Nike Ad ever. You gotta an exuse? You better not.

March 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Nike might only have been a phenom waiting to spring when my outrageous uncle, Gordon Zahler, was about to snip his mortal coil, but I’m sure he would’ve had this terrific commercial playing on a loop for self-pitying friends.

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