St. John's Confidential File

Roaming In New York At 13 Years Old

HELLO AMERICA!—I am always surprised when many people explode with horror when hearing about some kid who is not even in his or her teens goes off to explore New York. Frankly, it’s relative to who the kid is and how he or she sees the world. For example, one of my mom’s friends, Louise Smith, had been a...

Young People With Curious Minds!

HELLO AMERICA!—I am rather overwhelmed by the response I have been receiving from so many young people, especially high school students interested in our history, especially the second World War period. Since there have been so many references to the Holocaust, Nazis, Hitler effecting towns and cities of our nation, many students are anxious to hear from someone who...

Dytanian Stringfellow Serves The Rich And Famous

HELLO AMERICA!—Since we are in the center of the awards season, I am very grateful to one of my industry friends, Terrance Bell for bringing to my attention Dytanian Stringfellow, Lux Pro LLC Director of Executive Services. Let’s face it, those of us connected with entertainment in every possible way, are forced to consider attending attire, transportation and all...

Pretending Being Lena Horne’s Son Got Me A Job!

HELLO AMERICA!—During the early days, roughing it in Hollywood, I, like many actors, rushed early to purchase the trades. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety  were industry publications, ones which actors referred to when searching information about new films, auditions or anything concerning the entertainment industry itself. In other words, these were the bible for millions of dreamers hoping to survive...

Paul Mooney Saved Me From Cocaine End

HELLO AMERICA!—For so many years going to school and universities, hungering to understand life and my place in it, most of my teachers and professors had no genuine experience in survival themselves. Everything referenced was based on books or classes they had read or discussed during their respective journey, attempting to find a place in the sun. Somehow, this...

Murder San Rafael, San Francisco Style!

HELLO AMERICA!—When taking grad classes in music composition at Dominican University, I found it made sense if I should move closer to the campus. Susan King, one of the professors, as well as advisers for those interested, generally, in the arts, offered to rent me a room in her two-story Victorian home located very close to the San Rafael...

St. John Rips Open Tinseltown Secrets!

HELLO AMERICA!—Upon leaving Fox Studios, I was ready to return to the usual gossip world of madness. As soon as it was known that I was resuming my column, the phone began to ring off the wall. Sonny West, a mutual friend and one of Elvis Presley’s bodyguards, called and gave me information about the rock king that no...

In The Beginning At NBC

HELLO AMERICA!—It is rather gratifying to receive so many messages from people, young and old who indicate how much they respect my determination to survive in the industry for so many years. They even ask about some of the experiences which made it a tough journey; hopefully, encouraging them to keep the faith as well, I thought they might...

Jacquie Shane Ready To Rock In 2019!

HELLO AMERICA!—Even though the nation is experiencing a feeling of social and possibly professional division in our cities, the entertainment industry is forging ahead with very positive changes on every level. More diversity at each turn for people of every color are being considered and hired in every vital facet of the TV and film industry. Women, especially, are branching...

Shelby Jacobs Extraordinary Man Of Space!

HELLO AMERICA!—It is quite exciting, I must admit, to meet someone of color who paved the way for so many extraordinary accomplishments. Shelby Jacobs is a mechanical engineer from the Apollo era. As Project Manager of the Apollo-Soyuz orbiter, Shelby designed instrumentation that would capture one of the most repeated images in space history: the separation between the first...
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