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Submariners Feature Documentary Theatrical Premiere

The feature documentary movie “Submariners: The Men Of The Silent Service” had its theatrical premiere not long ago. It had been a long labor for me to make the feature and quite a relief to see it run without a hitch on the big screen. We also beat two Hollywood movies for attendance that week […]

Good Night Sir George Martin – A Great Influence On Me

Living to 90 is a great, long life. Contributing to popular culture and art for many decades is arguably more important to simply living to be 90 years old. Having a unique experience gives a person a unique aspect to creating art. Sir George Martin certainly had a unique experience. Without his unique experience, the […]

Submariners – Feature Documentary Movie – WGNS Radio Show World Premiere

Submariners: The Men Of The Silent Service – the original feature documentary movie IN THEATERS NOW – CLICK HERE for an article about the theatrical premiere A link to the on demand radio show – The Truman Show on WGNS SUBMARINERS Feature Documentary Dr Bill Ford – Jim Sandman – US Navy Submarine Service – […]

Vilmos Zsigmond has Left the Planet

I have to acknowledge my favorite cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond has passed at 85 years young. I have tried to not turn this blog into an obituary, but seeing great heroes pass demands comment. I’ve been so busy I have neglected my personal blog for two years. Time to get back to it. CLICK HERE to […]

Home, Home on the Range Anxiety

There will always be those who drive the advancement of technological toy making by wanting to be the one who has the latest toy. Folks these days believe the electric car is something new. Electric cars and trucks have been with us since there were cars and trucks. Yep – over 100 years ! What […]

You never forget your first Doctor –

Tom Baker was my first Doctor … Apparently, that is the primary factor in what makes a Whovian consider who is their favorite doctor. This is the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Dr Who way back in 1963. Intended at first to be just a six episode mini-series. It took a break during […]

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    A Conversation about America between Stephen Fry and Craig Ferguson on the CBS Late, Late Show

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