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After thirty plus years of pounding a calculator, I have switched to the keyboard.  Swapping numb3rs for letters. And now finally, I am able to dial a phone number without mixing up the top and bottom rows.

In the main I am relating my memories from my youth up, and also adventures in historical research. And I will touch on my writing – poetry, plays, screenplays, articles and hopefully books.

A graphic that I whipped up for my second screenplay, originally titled "Ding Hao, Doll." LOGLINE: A young Army pilot elopes with his childhood sweetheart over her father's opposition, only to be separated soon after by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As her father continues his attempts to destroy their love, he struggles to remain true to his vows, and to stay alive in the forbidden skies of China as a Flying Tiger.
A graphic that I whipped up for my second screenplay, originally titled “Ding Hao, Doll.”
LOGLINE: A young Army pilot elopes with his childhood sweetheart over her father’s opposition, only to be separated soon after by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As her father continues his attempts to destroy their love, he struggles to remain true to his vows, and to stay alive in the forbidden skies of China as a Flying Tiger.

I have serializing my fourth screenplay, “Rebel Treasure” which you can read here on my blog.

Two other film script projects are on hold currently as I work on:

  •  Outlining a book that will cover an important year for the US Navy and its part in the American Civil War.
  • Looking for a venue for my first stage play “The OutR daRk.” (Very few people have read it so far, and I am afraid I am too busy with other projects to push it out there).
  • My stage musical – “Wilber,” based on the life of William Wilberforce, the man who led the fight against the slave trade in the British Parliament at the end of the 18th century – has been finished!! See announcement. I am currently composing the music – which I am finding an absolute joy to do!

You can check out my flash fiction project entitled #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld on its page here.

Or follow my current project, posting daily on this site – “The Fairy Diary.”

And be sure to check out “The Adventures of Howard Kazanjian.” I have covered his time as an assistant director on The Wild Bunch, Camelot and Finian’s Rainbow, and about his experiences working for William Conrad on three of his productions. I was at work on articles about his time as assistant director with Hy Averback, when Howard told me he was working on his memoirs. Not wanting to get in the way of that project I decided to hold off on my articles about his films.

Some exciting news – Howard’s bio will be coming out on May 4, 2021, and is available for order at Amazon:

Book Howard Kazanjian - A Producer's Life

Hopefully after it’s been out a while, I can take up writing about his time at Disney and Universal, as well as adding some insights to his work as executive producer on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Return of the Jedi.”

UPDATE – on Howard Kazanjian’s autobiography – the date was pushed back to August 24. There were lots of problems lining up all the releases for the photos [thanks to Covid]. Warner Brothers were the last to send their approvals. Howard is hoping that they might move the date up – I will update the update if this happens.

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