Boys and Their Toys

October 23, 2013

One of my favorite keepsake photos from “back in the day” is of me with the Monkeemobile. Their official car was created by Dean Jeffries for the TV show. It was a customized Pontiac GTO. The Monkeemobile would often be parked near the set, whenever it was a part of the script for the boys […]

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A Season for Reunions

October 12, 2013

In my blog post “My Trip to the Rainbow Planet,” I told you about reuniting with Jim “Harpo” Valley of Paul Revere and the Raiders. Once connected via Facebook, we madly emailed back and forth. Later, we even Skyped once, and I met his lady love, Wendy, and got a tour of his home and […]

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The Monkees – Back to the Future

August 11, 2013

It didn’t take a DeLorean time machine to take me right back to 1967 last Friday night. Seeing the Monkees – Mike, Peter and Micky – live at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona took my heart and mind back to the first Monkees performance I ever attended at the Cow Palace in San […]

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The Who – Pushing Me Higher and Higher!

June 8, 2013

The Who, Roger Daltry, Pete Townsend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, who started out as The Detours in 1964, became one of the most influential rocks groups of the 60’s and 70’s, receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were first introduced to […]

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My Favorite Side of the Camera

April 27, 2013

From the very beginning of my writing career, I had no doubts about my ability to be a journalist. My first paid writing job was as a reporter for my hometown newspaper the Anaheim Bulletin, which ran a weekly page of reports from all the local Junior and Senior High Schools, with each reporter telling […]

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My Trip to the Rainbow Planet

February 24, 2013

I am often asked by readers of my blog, “Have you kept in touch with any of the faves you wrote about back in the 60’s and 70’s?” Until recently my answer would have been “no.” Once I left Hollywood in 1972, I never returned and led what I can only describe as a “normal” […]

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Dining with the Stars

January 1, 2013

When I moved to Hollywood in 1966 I knew how to cook 3 things: pancakes, brownies and French toast. Moving from my parents’ home in Anaheim, I moved into a 1 bedroom furnished apartment in West Hollywood. My across the street neighbor was Davy Jones. Though I know now that TV dinners were in the […]

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Yes, I was in an Elvis Movie!

November 23, 2012

The first question whenever I tell someone I was in an Elvis movie is “which one?” And my answer is usually “Not one of his ‘corny’ movies like ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ or ‘Speedway.’” I was never a bikini-clad teenager dancing the Watusi to a lame Elvis musical number. I was not an extra in the […]

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The B List? Not for Long!

October 27, 2012

It was such fun to spend my late teens and early twenties in the company of superstars like the Monkees, David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman and Elvis. But I usually had just as much fun when I would be assigned to interview or cover a potential new teenybopper star. I say potential because once producers caught […]

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A Dodgy Day for the Beatles

October 6, 2012

I never met the Beatles. They released their first single 50 years ago in the UK on October 5, 1962, “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” on the flip side. It went to number 17 on the British charts and was later released in the US. All my girlfriends in high school loved […]

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