Sunday, June 12, 2011

Marty Weiss turned 85

 For a few years back in the late 70s Marty was the music editor on "Happy Days" and he and his wife Dana were my close personal friends. They wrote film scripts together and were known by everyone as 'one crazy couple' - In fact their tv pilot was called "Crazy Corners" Marty also is a real estate agent and can be found on the web at eRealEstateMan.

On June 11th this year, Marty turned 85. I invited him to lunch at Mel's Diner on the Sunset Strip, the former home of Ben Franks, a restaurant that fed luminaries like the Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol.. We used to hang out there in the mid-sixties after a night of rock n roll'n at the whiskey or boozing at Barney's.

I ordered my favorite meat loaf sandwich and he had his 'french dipped'... In this video senior moment you'll discover a very active Marty that's incredibly involved in 'The chocolate cake and candle scandal'. You will hear the fat lady sing! You'll discover new meanings to the term 'four score and seven years ago'. And meet Angel his beautiful waitress who presented him with a free Mel's Diner Tee Shirt! "Gotta say being 85 is tasty" says Marty...

Marty goes fishing every Thursday rain or shine.  

Monday, May 16, 2011

My friend Author Jack DeBar Smith

I met Jack back in 1995 when he needed someone to make a web page for his book The Iconoclast goes to Sea: Dilemma in Blue, a personal diary of his exploits joining the navy in 1942 and sailing aboard the USS Antietam an aircraft carrier.  We became great friends and I realized much can be learned from the experiences of those who participated in World War II. The Iconoclast Goes to Sea: Dilemma in Blues Upon discharge from the navy, he attended the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, on the GI Bill, where he obtained his bachelor degree in business administration with a minor in aviation. 

Jack recently asked me to assist him on promoting his new book THE ILLIMITABLES ~ Nicky Levitation a novel about a couple of guys who find an old manuscript written by the famous inventor Nikola Tesla (known for electrical energy distribution). See:
The real fun was getting to video tape an interview with him which included escorting him to The Los Angeles Times Festival of BOOKS at USC. 

Enjoy the embedded video... and look for Jack on facebook!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The poems of RUMI are yours to share...

"Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin..."

this is my truth and self realization as a gift from the Sufi poet Rumi.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1966 was 45 years ago...

Most people I encounter weren't even born until after 1966. This can make one feel really creepy. Back then anyone over thirty was 'old' and over forty was scheduled for a rest home if they haven't already secured their mansion in Beverly Hills.
Sunset Strip 1966 was a playground for twenty-somethings and teener groupies... and I was there... Bell bottom leather slacks, green wool Norfolk jacket and the dream of being a star :)
The boutique was on the Sunset Strip one block west of Pandora's Box, next door to the Fifth Estate in 1966. During the Summer of Love. Belinda the designer, brought to Hollywood custom made micro mini skirts, backless, bra-less, cut on the bias knit dresses. After trying on any one of the Belinda designed dresses, the customer could order another one in any fabric or color and pick it up within an hour because everything was made there at the shop. Featured in Vogue Magazine and modeled by Cher. Clients included singers Cass Elliot, Michelle Phillips, Tina Turner, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick. Petula Clark, Julie Christie, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli.