RIP, Gary David Goldberg

Posted by The G on June 24, 2013 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

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Gary David Goldberg

Gary David Goldberg

If you grew up in the 1980s as I did, you are going to be extra sad when you read on.  “Family Ties” series creator Gary David Goldberg has died.  He was a few days short of his 69th birthday, succumbing to brain cancer.  He also wrote episodes for “The  Bob Newhart Show” and also produced “Lou Grant.”  He won two Emmys, a Peabody award and two Golden Globes for his work.  I had the occasion of meeting Gary David Goldberg several times and he was always super friendly.  Of course, I gushed to him my love for “Family Ties,” and he thanked me for my support!  What a class act.  RIP, Gary David Goldberg!  🙁

An Encounter with Dan Brown

Posted by The G on May 16, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Dan Brown and Geoffrey Dicker

Dan Brown and Geoffrey Dicker

Like him or hate him, there’s no denying that Dan Brown is a master of suspense.  I LOVE his books.  I discovered his work slightly before “The Da Vinci Code” became a well-deserved mega blockbuster.  His books “Deception Point” and “Digital Fortress,” were my gateway drug into his writing and as soon as you pick up one of his books, be prepared to not be able to put it down.  Plot twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat throughout all of his novels.  Then of course, there are the Robert Langdon books.  To craft a character as revered as a ‘modern day Indiana Jones’ is quite a feat and after reading “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code,” audiences worldwide are always excited for a new Langdon story.  Good news!   The wait is over!  “Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is on shelves now and I am very excited to read it.  It will be hard to repeat the greatness of “Da Vinci Code,” but even his last book “The Lost Symbol,” which was my least favorite of his books, was still impossible to put down!  Being such a big fan, naturally, I was delighted to meet Dan Brown and he was super cool!  Love when that happens.  Thanks Dan!  It was a pleasure meeting the man that has kept me on the edge of my seat more times that I can count!

“Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is out now!

An Encounter with Salman Rushdie

Posted by The G on May 5, 2012 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Salman Rushdie and Geoffrey Dicker

Salman Rushdie and Geoffrey Dicker

I love New York!  I was at an art opening the other night and I ran into writer Salman Rushdie.  He was extremely cool during our brief chat.  I find it interesting that he is still wanted in some Middle Eastern countries for the words he’s written when many of those same places mistreat women and gays and try to impose a “our way or the highway” set of rigid laws and rules.  Kudos to Salman for speaking his mind.  You’re an inspiration, according2g. Thanks again!

Happy Birthday, Elmore Leonard

Posted by The G on October 11, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

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Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard

Happy birthday to writer Elmore Leonard.  He’s written great stories such as “Get Shorty.”  He also proved the ‘always bring your camera with you everywhere’ rule to be true. I was once at a radio taping and I was called on to answer a question.  They asked me to go to the back of the studio so that I could speak into the microphone.  When I made my way to the back, Elmore Leonard was at the microphone doing a voice over!  I guess you know how that story ends…

Also born today: actors John Cusak and Luke Perry, artist Glen Hanson, comedienne Dawn French and jazz great Art Blakey.

Happy Birthday, Norman Lear

Posted by The G on July 27, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

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Norman Lear

Norman Lear

Happy birthday to Norman Lear, the man who created some of the greatest TV sitcoms of all time including “All In The Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Maude,” and “Sanford and Son.”  Respect!  Better than that impressive list of accomplishments, he’s a really cool guy in person.  Take a lesson C-listers!

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