Education and Work:
Cal State University L.A.
I'm interested in
films, biography, human behavior, politics, interviewing people, bottom lines, securing the border as major issue of the day. Whatever pops up in the newspaper and/or talk radio.
The Great American Songbook and the Great American Singers including Diana Ross (when she belts the blues)and Streisand (when she belts anything) and Liza Minnelli (in person only when she belts almost anything) and Sinatra, Horne, Lee, Clooney, Hutton, Parton, and Linda Ronstadt. Many more.
- Living in or about Los Angeles I love the "noir" films shot in this city going back to the early 40s. Most are on DVD. Check out that powerhouse, Ida Lupino, who made some of the best - and directed a lot of them. Welle's "Touch of Evil" is a gem. "Call Northside 777" "They Live By Night" etc.
Police procedural novels, ala Joseph Wambaugh (humor is marvelous in his novels). Read most major film actor bios because I've seen all their films and the behind the scenes descriptions are nifty. Recently: Natalie Wood, Shelly Winters and Tab Hunter. Also Bill O'Reilly's "Culture Warrior"
Do not watch television enough to be familiar with the shows. Frankly, sitcoms such as the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown and series/sketches such as the Carol Burnett Show set standard too high. Also, TV used to be a gold mind of variety shows: Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland etc.