Category Archives: Pop Culture

A Personal Tribute to Tom Clancy

Note: This is the article I wrote for the Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction. Clancy was one of the most influential writers on my bookshelf and, on his passing, I wanted to share my thoughts.              Insurance-broker-turned-novelist Tom Clancy’s first … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Soldier of Fortune

I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils, by Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (ret.) with Vann Spencer. Casemate. 2013. $29.95.  Seldom is a magazine identified with one person. There are Hugh Hefner and Playboy, Gloria Steinem and Ms., … Continue reading

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Why KISS is America’s #1 Rock B(r)and

Gene Simmons. Thank you and good night. Drive safely. Well, someone has to be the guardian of all things KISS. Along with co-founding member Paul Stanley, Simmons is half of the core of this four-decade phenomenon. Throughout KISStory, other band … Continue reading

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A-Rod, Amazons and the Second Coming

Mondays are supposed to be slow news days. The paper is at its thinnest since all of the coupons, ads, supplements, and feature stories were consumed by the Sunday edition. August 5, 2013, has not been such a Monday. As … Continue reading

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There’s a Hole in My Bucket List

St. Augustine, FL — When my father was in Viet Nam, my mother and I used to record letters for him on a reel-to-reel tape recorder and mail them to him. I’m sure I babbled about what when on at … Continue reading

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The Lone Ranger was my Hero; I Hope He Still Is

July 02, 2013 8:19 AM As a kid, changing schools 13 times in 11 years due to my father’s USAF career, I don’t have any “lifelong friends.” Just as you got to know somebody, either he was shipping out out … Continue reading

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Pondering the Possum’s Passing

May 02, 2013 7:03 PM Back in the 1980s, when I was young and indestructible, I would get together with co-workers and play tennis every Thursday night. This was social tennis as I had given up the competitive game because … Continue reading

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