The good kind of Hollywood shows up in a biography of Dinah Shore

After graduating from Vandy, she sold her camera collection in order to finance her first weeks, and went to New York to make it in show biz. While running through her funds–“There’d always been dollars in my pocket because Daddy put them there”–she teamed up with (metronomic?) accompanist-arranger-conductor Martin “Ticker” Freeman in a long-lasting professional relationship. … More The good kind of Hollywood shows up in a biography of Dinah Shore

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Half Dome–an inspiration point for a flatlander in 1976

After my sophomore year at University of Nebraska at Omaha, and much against my father’s objections, I hitchhiked from Omaha to California to try out my new Raichle hiking boots. Were they better on granite than on campus concrete? Besides, after so much hullabaloo about Yosemite Valley in physical geography class, I had to find … More Half Dome–an inspiration point for a flatlander in 1976

Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989

Lloyd Stites depended on two strategies when playing Santa in Tecumseh, Michigan. One was to wear mittens, covering up parts of two fingers that he’d lost to a snowblower. The other was to tell the truth: His yellow truck–not reindeer–brought him to meet the kiddies. … More Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989