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Entries Tagged as 'Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler'

White-haired magicians in their second act, an old murder gets first billing and the heart that pumps metal gazelles

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

 News about Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman * Book signing and talk on Wed., July 18 with Jerry’s ex-colleague, Paul Fegen (a.k.a. the magician “The Fantastic Fig” at the  Santa Monica Public Library. Here’s the Fig’s website. Here’s how it spins his legend: “the walk-around psychic magician ‘“Fantastic […]

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Vulturous Lawyers, School-bell Empathy, Thrashing Wheelchairs Crave that Roundball and Jerry the Intrepid

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments

* Talk about the tail wagging the dog, or this instance aggressive, ADA-suing lawyers finding casues for action before they even found their clients. From the New York Times: “A small cadre of lawyers, some from out of state, are using New York City’s age and architectural quirkiness as the foundation for a flood of […]

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Tags: Caregiving crisis · Jerry Schneiderman · medical advancements · rehabilitation · The Ascension of Jerry · Wheelchair sports · Wheelchairs general · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler · Wounded Warriors

Here’s looking at you, Norm. A Hollywood life well lived! And an unexpected friendship deeply valued.

April 4th, 2012 · No Comments

  The old men ordered me to come in from the rain. Smiling, they asked what I was doing out there in the cold? Dry yourself off. I’d just rung the doorbell about fifteen seconds earlier. Obviously, I’d been expected. Before I had barely taken a step into Norm Pringle’s shingled, ranch-style West Valley home, my […]

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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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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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Linkeratti: Motion Picture Home, redevelopment n’ stuff

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments

* I was very heartened to learn that the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which became a financial lifeline for my grandmother and paralyzed uncle after the family breadwinner (my grandfather, Hollywood composer/musician Lee Zahler) died in 1947 from the stress of Gordon’s accident, is now on firmer footing after some tumultuous years. It’s even […]

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Tarzan’s Cheetah the Ching and a few degrees of showbiz separation

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments

As you may have heard between news segments about the supposedly healing U.S. economy and those clever mullahs who run nuclearizing Iran, the primate that once occupied a prime cage in Americans’ hearts has kicked the bucket at the grizzled, pinch-me age of 80. Being a conspiratorial land, some have their doubts, because animals like […]

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Perfect way to start 2012 … with a little clip from “The New Three Stooges.”

January 5th, 2012 · No Comments

This is sometimes what happens, folks, when successful, long-running shows sputter out. They regenerate like sunglass-wearing amoeba with a slightly altered title. Soon, they bring on fresh cast members, try out-there plots and if they’re not careful, they jump the shark of amusing believability for audiences with impatient TV clickers. In this case, a traditional, […]

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Holiday Season first annual point – counterpoint babble

December 20th, 2011 · No Comments

* POINT: The Ontario International Airport is worse than Los Angeles City Hall’s red-haired stepchild. It’s more akin to the deserted, forlorn cousin promised housing in a garden shed. Glad folks are just learning this. – From the L.A. Times: “After three decades of steady growth and earning a Forbes magazine nod as one of […]

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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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