Back in the 1960s, he had a very successful career writing screenplays for comedies. William Peter Blatty’s credits include movies like A Shot In The Dark, the second movie in the Pink Panther series, and The Man From The Diner’s Club, starring Danny Kaye.
But of course, Blatty’s most famous and popular work, the one for which he is best remembered today, was his 1971 novel that at first, no one wanted to publish.
It was called The Exorcist. And it has become a classic.
In 2013 I had the chance to spend a few minutes with this very warm, funny, and personable author.
So here now, from 2013, William Peter Blatty.
William Peter Blatty died in 2017, five dayus after his 89th birthday.
In recent years it’s Donald Trump’s extramarital Affairs that have captured all the media attention. But thirty years ago, there was someone else who was all over the headlines, for her claims of an extramarital affair with a then-presidential candidate.
In January 1992 Gennifer flowers came forward with her story of a long-time affair with then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, who was running for president.
But as she explained in a 1995 book, flowers may never have brought her allegations public, if not for media articles the out of her, including a story in the supermarket tabloid the star.
I met her in 1995 when she was doing a book tour. So here now, from 1995, Gennifer flowers.
For over half a century Robert Byrd served the people of West Virginia in Congress, first in the House of Representatives, then in the United States Senate. He was, in fact, the longest serving US senator ever, until Michigan’s John Dingell surpassed him.
And if you think West Virginia’s current Senator Joe manchin has outsize influence, he’s nothing compared to what Byrd had.
The one and only time I had a chance to meet Senator Byrd was in 2004. It was just a couple of months before the presidential election, in which George W Bush was running for re-election against Democrat John Kerry..
Byrd had written a book obviously intended to help carries effort, in which Byrd scathingly criticized President Bush for the Iraq War.
That’s the background on the context. So here now, the interview. My 2004 conversation with Senator Robert Byrd.
After a childhood he once described as “chaotiz” and “abusive,” and a pituitary tumor that made him grow 10 inches in high school. Tony Robbins moved out on his own at age 17. He didn’t go to college, and it may have looked like he was destined for a life of disappointment and despair.
But an epiphany when he was in his early 20s turned his life around, and Robbins eventually became one of the country’s best-known and most in-demand motivational speakers.
I first met him in 1986, as his career was taking off, and then again five years later when he wrote his book Awaken the Giant Within.