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Strange As It Seems: Review Roundup n’ stuff

June 29th, 2016 · No Comments

“Jacobs … is an exceptional storyteller, and his lively look at the extraordinary career of Gordon Zahler … is a peculiar page-turner. Zahler, the author’s uncle, achieved success on the margins of show business despite a spinal injury … Jacobs … craft(s) an imaginative biography about this unusual figure, who carved out a distinct place in post-WWII Hollywood by […]

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Tags: Blue Jay Way · Don Kirshner · Ed Wood Jr. · Family matters · Gordon Zahler · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood post production · Rare Bird Books · South Africa · Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler · The Hollywood Way · Wheelchairs general

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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Tags: assassination · Biltmore Hotel · Dirty environmental deals · environmental policy · EPA · Frankenheimer · General asssignment issues · global warming · groundwater pollution · Historical serendipity meets calamity · killers · L.A. Transportation Matters · L.A. Weekly · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Los Angeles real estate · murder for hire · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Political assassinations · Political cronyism · Politics · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · Redevelopment · RFK · RFK photographs · Robert F. Kennedy Jr. · Sirhan Sirhan · The Hollywood Way · The Kennedy's · Turf fights · Urban renewal · William Burke

“Ascension of Jerry” coverage and miscellaneous May linkage

May 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“Jerry Schneiderman: The Rabble-Rouser you’ve never head about but should know” - L.A. Weekly, May 22, 2012 Author Q&A Jerry Schneiderman was not your ordinary real estate developer. For years, he was a rabble rouser who took on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after tunneling for the Red Line subway collapsed parts of Hollywood Boulevard. ”You […]

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Tags: assassination · assassins · danger · Gordon's big ideas · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · L.A. Transportation Matters · L.A. Weekly · La Brea Tar Pits · Late-1970s America · legal Catch-22s · Los Angeles History · medical advancements · Miracle Mile · murder for hire · Murder triangle · paralysis · Pasadena · Quadriplegia · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · The Hollywood Way · Wheelchairs general · Wounded Warriors

Hodge-podge Wednesday: Joan Rivers and Gordon, Don Kirshner and Gordon and the Oscar and Gordon-sorta

March 7th, 2012 · No Comments

* Recently, Joan Rivers’ former talent manager, Billy Sammeth, decided to air some dirty laundry about his experiences over the years with the comedian-turned-TV show-woman/franchise and Cher. Who knows what really went on there, but the spillage kerfuffle does provide me with the chance to sling a fun-fact. My uncle, Gordon Zahler, the subject of […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Ed Wood Jr. · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Quadriplegia · The Hollywood Way · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

Embracing (or shrinking from) Gordon’s collaborations with Ed Wood Jr.?

February 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

We all know that my big-dreaming, veggie-bodied quadriplegic uncle, Gordon Zahler, helped cut his post-production teeth supplying overbearing, background music to Ed Wood Jr.’s universally condemned/cult beloved science fiction “thriller” Plan Nine From Outer Space. But two years earlier, just around the time he probably would’ve died from intestinal complications had it not been for […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Ed Wood Jr. · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · paralysis · Quadriplegia · The Hollywood Way · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

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

My two favorite reviews and more Kennedy photograph silliness

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

* For Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles,” the nod goes to L.A. Times reviewer Chris Daley. “… Smogtown” is a regional history for the layperson, focusing slightly more on civic drama and scandal than hard science and legislative details. The cover promises “A Cautionary Tale of Environmental Crisis,” and the archival […]

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Tags: American history · Chip Jacobs · environment · environmental policy · Gordon's big ideas · Historical serendipity meets calamity · Hollywood · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Political assassinations · RFK photographs · Smogtown · Smogtown book · South Africa · The Hollywood Way · The Kennedy's · The Music Biz · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

Mickey Rooney deserved better

March 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Once upon a time, Mickey Rooney was Brad Pitt. He was the hottest actor on the planet dating just about anybody he wanted to and having his pick of nightclubs and movie projects. That smile, those bangs. Before he was in his mid-twenties, Mickey made the cover of Time, crashed White House parties, famously squabbled […]

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Tags: Family matters · Outrageous Legends · The Hollywood Way · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

Blast from the past: profile of my pursuit of my uncle’s ghost for Wheeling the Deal (and life beyond)

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Author Gets Happy Results From His Family Tragedies May 18, 2006 By Nikki Bazar Not long after graduating in journalism from USC, Chip Jacobs walked straight into the Los Angeles Times and asked then-editorial-page editor Anthony Day for a writing job. “Listen kid,” Day said to young Jacobs kindly, “see me in about five years. […]

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Sci-fi Tuesday: time for a little nostalgic leap back into my Uncle Gordon’s filmography. Before he really made it, corny, space adventure movies weren’t so much the next frontier of Star Trek flavor as fantasyland and quick cash

April 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Here’s a review to First Spaceship on Venus. Just remember when the special effects look like they were masterminded by Ed Wood and the dialogue seems written by a comatose screenwriter, the big brains of sci-fi were still writing books, not directing movies or penning screenplays. In that way, these B-grade movies — and this […]

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