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5 Things

I opened my big mouth about having worked on soaps, and then Skintwriter tagged me with this meme. It was started by Sharon. The jist is to list five things that aren't generally known about you.

Feel free to play along if you like.


Remember that it isn’t always the sensational stuff that writers are looking for, it can just as easily be something that you take for granted like having raised twins or knowing how to grow beetroot. Mind you, if you know how to fly a helicopter or have worked as a film extra, do feel free to let the rest of us know about it

Here we go ...

  • I spent the summer of 1983 working in Yellowstone National Park as a security guard. I wore a brown uniform and red sneakers that had no laces, just Velcro straps. It was one of my best summers ever.

  • I was a junior bowler, and made my television debut on a program called "Pinbusters", hosted by baseball Hall-of-Famer Don Drysdale. He asked me a question and I answered, "okey dokey." Kids at school teased me for months for saying that, because it sounded faggy.

  • In grade school, there was this kid named Roger who terrorized me. Vindication was mine, sort of, in a little league baseball game when I struck him out. I thought for sure he'd beat me up for that, and I'd hide behind cars when I'd see him walking home from school.

  • I was doing extra work on the cinematic masterpiece If Lucy Fell. I mustered previously unknown bravery and walked up to Sarah Jessica Parker. "Excuse me, we have a mutual friend and I just wanted to say hi." A boy I had dated in hometown Cincinnati was, at the time, going out with a music professor at CCM, who taught SJP. We ended up chatting for about a half-hour. She was lovely, and no bigger than a bar of soap. We smoked a lot ... Merits, I think.

  • When I was 11, I was diagnosed as a juvenile diabetic. Orange County's leading pediatric endocrinologist said I'd be on insulin injections, for life, within 2 years. Six months later, he had a heart attack and retired. I never saw him again. I took oral meds for a couple years and had monthly blood tests, never once having any problems. 30 years later, my blood sugar remains perfect but I still can't watch whenever I have blood drawn.

And what tidbits might most people know about you? For character research purposes only, of course.