Art speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes it makes us feel an emotion; other times it inspires us. That’s how I have always felt about Georges Seurat’s, “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.” The first time I viewed this painting at the Art Institute in Chicago, was in the summer of 1983. It was […]
The Flim Flam Man (1967) Starring George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, and Harry Morgan Written by William Rose Directed by Irvin Kershner It’s hard to believe that a film of this pedigree has yet to receive a proper DVD (let alone Blu-Ray) remastering and re-release. Written by William Rose (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad […]
Forty years ago this week, January 15, 1974, the soon-to-be hit sitcom Happy Days premiered. Soon, the Fonz and “sit on it” would become part of American pop culture. Although the show’s initial appeal might have ridden the success of the hit movie American Graffiti, (that’s probably why the producers used Bill Haley and the Comets […]
My thanks again to Anna Takahashi for her awesome cover design for I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Her creative vision adds another dimension to my books. I think you’ll agree that this cover rocks!
Take a deep breath. I’ve just published another book. When A Hard Rain Falls is now available as an eBook from Amazon and Smashwords (it will soon be available as a paperback from Createspace). This has become a fall ritual for me. Four of my six books have been published between September and December. It’s […]
Well, not exactly good-bye, but now it’s time to get ready for another journey back to the 1960s and 1970s with When A Hard Rain Falls. I feel a little sad to be moving onto the next book after having spent nearly two years writing it and promoting it. You put so much into it […]
In Ice Cream Headache, Billy stops in at the Supreme Dairy Bar for a milkshake. While the owner of the dairy bar, Ray, is making the milkshake, Ray thinks back to when he was a child and went to the soda fountain at Adkins’ Drug Store with his father and sister for malts and ice […]
Summer is just around the corner and Hollywood over over the years has released some memorable movies. Perhaps you have seen some of these films before; perhaps you haven’t. Many there are some on this list that you don’t agree with you; others that you think should be on this list. (Although Star Wars opened […]
I am going to go out on a limb here and make my first Bears’ prediction for 2013: Jay Cutler’s going to have a stellar year. With a new head coach, drafting Kyle Long and other plays to shore up their offensive line, this could very well be the year that the Bears make it […]
You know, I had such a wonderful time writing Ice Cream Headache that I thought I would head on back to the Oglesby in the 1960s and see what else was back there to write about. My book in progress was originally a flash fiction piece I wrote back in 2010 while I was writing […]
Reviews"Three young airmen start their Air Force careers at Howard AFB in the Panama Canal Zone in the 1970s. A fascinating adventure unravels as they become involved with Panama's nightlife during the intense times of the Panama Canal Treaty negotiations. Contains mature subject matter." - That is my thumbnail-teaser/description of the book. The author, like myself, was stationed at Howard AFB in the 1970's, which lends a personal authenticity to his story. But that's not all. Mr. Miller went the extra mile and included the Panamanian and Zonian perspectives (along with the U.S. serviceman's) in the historical background of the narrative. That is vital to an unbiased work, whether it be fiction or nonfiction. His storytelling is so good that it supersedes any of the nostalgic traps that could befall a lesser writer. Yes, those of us who were there will see ourselves on the page, but those who weren't will find that this just breathes more life into the characters. A fascinating story full of surprises!
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One of my prized possessions is a 1979 issue of National Geographic that I bought on eBay to remind me of what it was like to come to Korea in 1990. It was late summer 1990. Iraq had invaded Kuwait, Die Hard 2 and Ghost were two of the summer’s hottest movies, and I had […]