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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

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

My 95-pound uncle’s continent-sized dreams

August 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Cajones. Big brass ones. Nads. Balls of Steel. Gordon Zahler, my mysterious uncle and the subject of Wheeling the Deal, never let a little malady called lifetime paralysis downsize his ambition to leave his footprints on terra firma. His, well, familiy jewels may have been numb from the harbebrained 1940 gym accident that rendered him […]

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Tags: South Africa