St. John's Confidential File

“Samantha,” A Short Story Part III

UNITED STATES—“Laurel, how’re you doing?” He walked up to the car, leaned on the door, and then saw the cats. “Is this the one you’ve told me so much about?” “Yes, this is Samantha, and a couple of her friends.” He reached over Laurel. Samantha sniffed his hand, and licked it. Laurel’s expression changed. “Harlan, we need your help.” He...

“Samantha,” A Short Story Part II

UNITED STATES—“I’ll be damned, you really do understand.” She took the leash from her mouth. “Here’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to walk to my car, and when the coast is clear, I’ll motion for you to come.” She nodded. Laurel walked to her car, and opened the door. She looked around, saw it was clear, and waved...

“Samantha,” A Short Story Part I

UNITED STATES—The sound of heavy machinery woke the Mountain Lion up. Link noticed that Shail wasn’t next to him. He scrambled to his feet and moved cautiously towards the noise. Shail was at the cliff, watching as large machines leveled the next hill, the hill she had grown up on. Link walked up beside her, nudging her with his...

It’s Tabloid Time Folks!

HELLO AMERICA!—It was back to the gossip world again, and I was ready. As soon as it was known that I was resuming my column, the phone began to ring off the wall. And that’s the way I liked it. Sonny King, a mutual friend and one of Elvis Presley’s bodyguards, called and gave me information about the rock...

…And The Journey Continues

HELLO AMERICA!—Indeed it was a new world to Jonathan. He was struck by the famed Hollywood sign. Just seeing it gave him a feeling of the reality of his arrival. The rain formed vertical lines on the car window, and he strained to see all the washed down pastel-colored stucco houses, flanking each side of the street. It was...

James Dean’s Fan Base Increases By Millions

HELLO AMERICA!—After so many years after James Dean’s death, his fans have increased by the millions throughout the world. I was informed about a few young film writers who are meeting weekly to create a miniseries based on their idols' life. Since I met Jimmy in 1952, I managed to get to know him pretty well; I was interested...

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...
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