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Entries from October 2008

Something curious happened to Gordon during his heyday embedding music and sounde effects into B-grade science fiction. He met a real maverick, writer-director Sam Fuller.

October 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Fullerhired my uncle to do postproduction, Gordon Zahler, for what I consider a terribly unappreciated movie about American society, circra-early-1960s by giving us a lens-eye view into an insane asylum, where a Pulitizer-jonesing reporter commits himself to track down a murderer. Over-the-top in spots, anarchic in others, ‘Shock Corridor” was not an early poor-man’s version […]

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Tags: Hollywood

A true BOND that neither time (nor Wall Street) can snap. Just like Gordon, how lucky I am to know Troy the great.

October 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

The call came from out of nowhere, a message to me from someone I’d never heard of before, a message left on the wrong house line. He said his name was Bond, Troy Bond to be exact, and he’d read about my book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, in his local […]

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Walking after spinal cord injury once focused on spinal surgery. More and more, the future is about connecting the brain to limbs miraculously still receptive to signals.

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments

From a fascinating AP story: NEW YORK – Monkeys taught to play a computer game were able to overcome wrist paralysis with an experimental device that might lead to new treatments for patients with stroke and spinal cord injury. Remarkably, the monkeys regained use of paralyzed muscles by learning to control the activity of just […]

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Tags: Quadriplegia

Sometimes I forget why I’m here. Let’s get it straight. It’s because of one man’s journey, a voyage of heartbreak, redemption, adventure and karma that changed who I am. Give it a read and see what you think.

October 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Curious? C’mon, we all need under-heroes. Amazon.com link Here’s what others have said about the biography of Hollywood’s incorrigible little dreamer. Family memoirs are rife with grandiose tales of triumph over adversity, and while it would be easy to dismiss Jacobs’ portrait of his unorthodox uncle as another such unvarnished encomium, his professional background as […]

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First Bozo, now Clucko. Outside of Washington, are there any clowns left to entertain us?

October 10th, 2008 · No Comments

From the Los Angeles Times obituary about Charles Runyon, who died at 86 earlier this month … The jovial and genteel clown wore a spinning merry-go-round hat with his name on it, a half red and half red-and-white-striped clown suit with a fluffy Elizabethan-style collar and cuffs, and white gloves; and he had arching blue […]

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Norm Pringle, Gordon’s old engineer, come on down to the Hall of Fame. A deserving tribute to an industrious dude

October 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

My uncle, the focus of the book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood’s Flashiest Quadriplegic, had no shortage of colorful buddies and cohorts, some quite famous, meandering in and out of the improbable, white-knuckler adventure that was his life. We’re talking Nat King Cole, Larry Harmon (a.k.a. “Bozo the Clown”), Hugo […]

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Tags: Wheeling the Deal