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Welcome to my new blog! If you have been following my Foreign Service Messages website then you are familiar with my writing. This blog will tune you in to some of my other writing interests. For the rest of this year blog posts will be related to my latest novel that I have just completed….

1959—Stepping Forward, Looking Back

IN MY UPCOMING NOVEL, “L.A. GHOST STORY,” I BORROWED FROM THE FASCINATION OF 1959 ALONG WITH MY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES… On January 22, 1959 the Los Angeles Herald reported that George Reeves—Superman—had had his one-eyed dog stolen in Hollywood. At about this time I sat in fifth grade class at Walteria Elementary, about twenty-five miles south…

The L.A. Knickerbocker Hotel | Ghosts & Other Personalities

Preface: During my research and the subsequent writing of my latest novel—L.A. Ghost Story (just completed), one of my more interesting background subjects was the L.A. Knickerbocker Hotel. In this second post I will explore some of the Knick’s more entertaining guests… The Knickerbocker—a Reflection of the Hollywood Golden Age If one could plot the history…

The L.A. Knickerbocker Hotel 1959 | The Sun Sets on Hollywood’s Golden Age

Preface: During my research and the subsequent writing of my latest novel—L.A. Ghost Story (just completed), one of my more interesting background subjects was the L.A. Knickerbocker Hotel… Now & Then PICTURE THIS: Recently, an elderly Russian lady checked into the senior citizen facility at the old Knickerbocker Hotel on Ivar Avenue, near the corner…

Point Vicente Lighthouse “Lady of the Light”

In my upcoming mystery novel, L.A. Ghost Story, the lighthouse at Point Vicente plays a pivotal role. The story takes place in 1959 in Southern California, from Los Angeles to the beach cities and south to Portuguese Bend and San Pedro. I knew the Point Vicente lighthouse all too well–the second Saturday of the month…