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Entries from August 2008

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

Haven’t a notion about the man behind the old-fashioned camera?

August 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Neither does most of the world. And it’s upsetting. During the years I was crafting Wheeling the Deal, one of the most repititive criticisms I heard was that I’d veered too far astray of Gordon’s story to chart the lives and losses of his similarly tragedy-stricken relatives. My left lobe agreed it was a point […]

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Tags: Hollywood · Wheeling the Deal

Can it really be eight years since this astonishing vision premeired?

August 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Yes, it can. Christopher Reeve’s computer-enhanced, Superbowl-Y2000 commerical packed an emotional punch fraught with hope, bravery, and more than a smidge of controversy. By presenting himself as someone convinced he could overcome one of the most devastating injuries a person can sustain by physical rehabilitaton and breakthrough treatments, he tacitly implied to millions of other […]

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Tags: Quadriplegia

America’s next great crisis may be a relative away.

August 6th, 2008 · No Comments

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Tags: Caregiving crisis

Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood’s Flashiest Quadriplegic – video trailer

August 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Gordon Zahler was a dreamer. And an a schemer. And an inspiration. And a royal pain. And a sometimes huckster. And a hard-living quadriplegic. He also was my uncle, a man I loathed in life but have come to adore from the grave. This video is a trailer for my book about him, Wheeling the […]

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Tags: Wheeling the Deal

CNN Expose on Hollywood Walk of Fame – “A Star Is Bought” Aired 1999

August 5th, 2008 · No Comments

There’s so much to this segment … and so much left out. Nonetheless, at least one network had the guts to tell it like it is. I’m proud to have contributed to it. So what if the aftermath was messy and some of the heroes died. We de-mythologized, and took our lumps just like our […]

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Tags: Hollywood