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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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STRANGE AS IT SEEMS: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE OF GORDON ZAHLER – ON THE LAUNCHPAD

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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“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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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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Time to mourn the passing of a disabled dynamo who debunked “I can’t”

February 16th, 2012 · No Comments

When I was 13, my mother took me to see what felt like an oddly grownup film for a young boy. The movie’s title was “The Other Side of the Mountain.” The inspirational story about a peppy, girl-nextdoor-ski phenom who broke her neck at a time when most people couldn’t pronounce the word paralysis rattled […]

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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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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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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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