Remembering Phyllis Diller

When Phyllis Diller lived in Webster Groves from 1962 to 1965, her daughter made friends with a local girl who saw Diller more as a mom than a famous comedian. Years later, the girl, Patricia Corrigan, became a reporter. She spoke of Diller in an article in the October 25, 1987 Post-Dispatch. I found theContinue reading “Remembering Phyllis Diller”

My Interview on City Corner

Click here to go to my interview on STL TV For the fourth time, Steve Potter of KWMU  and the city’s cable access and internet station STL TV interviewed me Wednesday about The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. He asked some great questions about various characters in the book and what makes a character colorful.Continue reading “My Interview on City Corner”

So Just What Is a Colorful Character?

Glad you asked that. Start with one word. Obsession. But that’s not a bad thing. That word needn’t be negative. An online dictionary and thesaurus uses these positive alternative words for obsession: “Craving, desire, drive, enthusiasm, fascination, hankering, hunger, infatuation, itch, longing, lust, passion, pining, thirst, urge, yearning, yen, idiosyncrasy, quirk, bent, disposition, inclination, leaning,Continue reading “So Just What Is a Colorful Character?”

Doesn’t This Look Great?

What’s better than that new-car smell? For me, it’s the smell of ink from my newly-published book. I got it when I picked up my copy of The Colorful Characters of St. Louis at the warehouse this morning, Sept. 13, 2016. Gotta remember that date. It’s got 280 pages and weighs a pound. Wow. That’sContinue reading “Doesn’t This Look Great?”

The Last Nap Before the Books Arrive

Everybody naps, but nobody naps like I nap. I train for them like Michael Phelps trains for his gold medal swims. I take marathon naps. This weekend, sad to say, I’m taking my last good naps for a long time. I’ll have my first media interview about my new book, The Colorful Characters of St.Continue reading “The Last Nap Before the Books Arrive”