St. John's Confidential File

Sheridon Stokes Opened My Door Of Survival

HELLO AMERICA!—After escaping a brutal attack by the KKK while attending Earlham Collage in Richmond, Indiana, I felt extremely lucky to find a new home base at USC; not only that, meeting Sheridon Stokes in my class who was touted as one of the most gifted flute players in California. 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Sheridon Stokes became the youngest contract musician...

Students Hunger To Study Music!

HELLO AMERICA!—I have been receiving tons of letters from students begging for advice concerning what music schools to attend. Well, since I was fortunate to attend not only the USC music school, under Dr. Charles Hirt, later at UCLA and finally at Dominican University of California at San Rafael, it is very easy for me to recommend the following...

Salvatore Scorza Graphic Designer Genius

HELLO AMERICA!—Life has many ups and downs as most of us know. Salvatore Scorza’s life is no exception. What “saved’’ him is the fact that he was born an artist. One of his uncles was a world renowned sculptor where some of his work is in the Los Angeles Colosseum, who he met once when he was 10 years of...

Democracy Gone Wild!

HELLO AMERICA!—Many of my documentary filmmaker friends are busier than they have ever been. The horror that is evolving politically in America has turned the thinking of millions of people in such a confused, twisted way, wearing a mask seems to be the only way in feeling or having a reason to feel safe in going to the closest...

Miles Richmond Found Soul And Used It

HELLO AMERICA!—I had an existential crisis and couldn't produce another piece of music for TV or radio because it lost its meaning and purpose. Shortly, after 911, I unplugged the TV. I didn't want to expose myself to the trauma or the media's portrayal of the event. I also became acutely aware of the media's dumbing down of our...

Music Plunges Into New World Of Hope

HELLO AMERICA!—Like millions of others, I am sitting at my computer attempting to make a connection with all of those who depend on many of us for news and breaking stories that make up our day with a level of satisfaction. Looking out of the living room window, the street once sighted with tons of people passing by is...

Harry Belafonte Documentary Reveals One Side

HELLO AMERICA!—I was very anxious to view the Harry Belafonte documentary which premiered on MSNBC this last weekend. As expected, it revealed an expected picture of the man I first worked within the film "Carmen Jones.” The documentary was well-done capturing a time in our nation that erupted with racial discourse and explosive anger that touched human aspect of...

Australian Mom Arrested For Anti-Lockdown Protest Post

AUSTRALIA—Victoria police arrested Zoe-Lee Buhler, a 28 year-old pregnant woman at her home in Ballarat, Victoria, on September 2. She was arrested for posting about an anti-lockdown event "freedom day" on Facebook. The footage of the arrest was live-streamed on Facebook and has gone viral. The live-stream video which gained over 10 million views shows Zoe Buhler in her pajamas...

Suddenly There Was America’s Sweetheart

HELLO AMERICA!—I had not saved very much money from working in the Desk Set, which meant that I had to get another paying gig as soon as possible.  I was sharing a studio apartment with actor Jim Ransom, who was about to go on the road with another show.  I was offered roles in several small theater shows.  One...

Don’t Be Fearful Of Going Beyond The Dream

HELLO AMERICA!—Having lived in Los Angeles during the 1950s, facing and understand the obvious challenges to remain in the functioning lane to success has been extremely clear. After all, I escaped with the assistance of my classmates at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, catching a Greyhound Bus to Los Angeles to attend USC. Even though the university offered tremendous...
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