Some inspirational words from Lionel Richie, and a chance encounter with a group of ladies with red hats, led to the first novel by actor, comedian, and writer Damon Wayans.
From his early years in movies (as the banana man in “Beverly Hills Cop”) to his days on TV’s “In Living Color,” as characters like Homey D. Clown, Wayans has proven his comedic abilities in many ways. And his novel Red Hats demonstrated his keen ability to create memorable, if sometimes irascible, characters.
Our conversation about his book was a little more sedate than his TV sketches.
So here now, from 2010, Damon Wayans.
Damon Wayans is 63 now, and is reportedly working on a new project with ABC.
It’s a day of romance, relationships, maybe even marriage, but most especially it’s a day of love. All kinds of love.
In fact, All Kinds of Love was the title of actor writer Carl Reiner’s 1993 novel. It featured a delightful cast of characters dealing with a variety of romantic situations, with a good deal of comedy thrown in, as we would expect no less from the man who created TV’s iconic Dick Van Dyke show.
This Sunday the San Francisco 49ers will meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas This will be the Chiefs’ fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years. But big success one year doesn’t necessarily mean the next year will be just as great.
The New York Giants dominated the NFC in 1986, and they won Super Bowl 21 over the Denver Broncos in January 1987.
But the Giants began the 1987 season 0-5, and finished with a 6-9 record, missing the playoffs for the first time in four years.
A key player for the Giants at that time was defensive lineman Leonard Marshall. He had written a book in the offseason, called The End of the Line. I had the chance to talk with him about the book In early December just two days after the Giants lost an embarrassing game to the Washington Redskins. New York had a 16-0 lead at halftime, and lost.
but Marshall was in a surprisingly pleasant mood that day as we talked. So here now, from 1987, Leonard Marshall.
Leonard Marshall retired at the end of the 1994 season. He’s 62 now and is involved in various business ventures.
Sixty years ago this week the Beatles performed in concert – notable because it was their very first concert in the United States.
On February 11, 1964 the Beatles entertained a crowd of about 8,000 at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, DC.
After that concert, as they embarked on their 1964 U.S. tour, along with them was young journalist Larry Kane. He was, in fact, the only broadcast journalist who was with the band at every stop on both the’64 and ‘65 American tours
Kane has written three books about the Beatles, including his 2014 book When They Were Boys. So let’s take a few minutes to revisit this milepost in American culture. Here now. from 2014, Larry Kane,
Larry Kane is 81. He is a special contributor to Philadelphia’s KYW radio.
As the saying goes, sex sells.Books about sex can sell very well, if they are well written. And in the early 2000s a powerful new voice in erotica emerged, and dominated bestseller lists.
She wrote under the pseudonym Zane. Her short erotic stories attracted a loyal following on the Internet, inspiring her to self-publish The Sex Chronicles Before long, she had a book deal with Simon and Schuster.
I met Zane in 2004, when she had just published her novel Nervous. And this soft spoken theologian’s daughter had a lot to say about writing, and publishing.
So here now, from 2004, Zane.
Zane – real name: Kristina Roberts – is about 57 now, She published Strebor Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, publishing as many as 60 books a year.
Over a seven-decade career Judy Collins has proven to be one of America’s most popular musicians. But she isalso the author of several best selling books, she’s a painter, she even directed a documentary film that was nominated for an Oscar .
She is unquestionably a well of creativity. But here’s the thing – she says you can be as creative, too.
Her 2005 book Morning, Noon and Night explained her philosophy of creativity.
I have always had so much fun interviewing Judy Collins, and this interview was maybe one of my favorites. So here now from 2005 Judy Collins.
Judy Collins will be 85 in May. Her most recent album was released in 2022.
The Red Scare that engulfed the U.S. in the years immediately after World War II ruined many careers, and any affiliation with the Communist Party was enough to get you blacklisted.
So it was that popular novelist Howard fast found himself suddenly a pariah because of his membership in the Communist Party USA.
A contentious appearance before the house Un=American Activities Committee in 1950 resulted in a three month prison sentence for contempt of Congress. But it was while serving his sentence that Howard Fast began working on the novel that would turn out to be his most famous work: Spartacus.
By the end of the decade, Fast’s blacklist was over, And he departed from the Communist Party, disenchanted with its leadership.
In 1990 Fast published a memoir called Being Red. And that’s when I have a chance to meet him.
In the early 1970s many women had two books on their shelves: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer.
That was the then-31-year-old’s first book and virtually overnight turned her into an international celebrity A leader of the feminist movement
Her ideas about femininity, Male-female relationships, and marriage You find those things For millions of readers
In the years that followed Greer was a prolific writer of essays and books Many of those essays were collected in a 1987 volume which she entitled The Madwoman’s Underclothes. And that’s when I had a chance to spend a few minutes with this iconic figure.
So here now, from 1987, Germaine Greer
Today, January 29, is Germaine Greer’s 85th birthday. She divides her time between England and Australia .