Wednesday, February 05, 2014

San Francisco and The Barbary Coast

Working on the sequel to 'Shark Alley' these days. I hope to have it available on all of the eBook sites in April or May. 

The story involves the Barbary Coast Squad and some nasty business happening on Alcatraz, back when it was military prison. Stay tuned!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Paul and Ringo Aren't the Only Surviving Beatles

In 1960, Chas Newby played four gigs as the Beatles bass-player. Interestingly, like Paul, he was a lefty. He wasn't interested in a music career and left for college. He is alive and well and has no regrets about turning down an offer to stay with the group.

Pete Best was The Beatles drummer for a few years before being dumped for Ringo right before they hit the big time. Pete's still around and tours with the Pete Best Band.

Jimmy Nichol filled in for a ailing Ringo at the height of Beatlemania and played eight shows in the Netherlands and Australia.

Friday, January 24, 2014


I understand why some guys grow beards. For one thing, shaving is a drag. But having a beard is a bigger drag. And goatees? The only reason men grow them is because the upper lip and chin is the hardest bit to shave. 

'Nuff said. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shark Alley on Kindle and NOOK

My novel 'Shark Alley' is now available on Amazon's Kindlebooks and Barnes and Noble's NOOK. 

Check it out!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Shark Alley

Check out my novel:
The first story of The Barbary Coast Squad, "Shark Alley", introduces the team. Nick Lockwood: The cool-headed leader and dedicated family man. Sergeant 
Forty-Four: A burly former prizefighter. Roy Tate: Descended from a line of Sioux Medicine Men. Elvin DeJohn: Wealthy and privileged and a walking encyclopedia of 'all things San Francisco'. 

It's 1877 in San Francisco, and an insane ex-Confederate Colonel is murdering members of the famous Barbary Coast Squad. "Shark Alley" follows Detective Inspector Nick Lockwood as he pursues the evil Colonel Tobias before Lockwood's hidden past is revealed. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Little Joe and Django

When I first saw some images from Django Unchained, I thought, 'That's Little Joe's jacket!'.

Sure enough. I just read that Tarantino was inspired by the 'Bonanza' character's 'all purpose' corduroy jacket. In fact, the whole costume, even the gun belt and black groves that Landon wore in the later seasons, looks the same. Nice tribute.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Yvonne Craig: Mainy

With all of the crazy and upsetting stuff happening this weekend, I decided it was time for another of my 'baby-boomer mainy' posts.

A 'mainy', as you may recall is term from my childhood, when my buddies and I would refer to movie or TV actresses we especially liked as 'a mainy'. For example, 'What do you think of Yvonne Craig?'

'She's a mainy!'

Here's a cool pic of her on Merv complete with Batgirl costume. I always dug her. Especially as Batrgirl but also when she was painted green in the 'Star Trek' episodes, 'Whom Gods Destroy'

And like a lot of my mainys, she was in couple of Elvis movies.  

Rock on, Yvonne. Hard to believe you are 75 now. But you'll always be that perky Batgirl to me.