Saturday, December 8, 2007
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Holidays on Ice is a collection of three previously published stories matched with three newer ones, all, of course, on a Christmas theme. David Sedaris's darkly playful humor is another common thread through the book, worming its way through "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a chipper suburban Christmas letter that spirals dizzily out of control, and "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol," a vicious theatrical review of children's Christmas pageants.
You gotta love how the Wachowski Brothers created a virtual world ala "Sin City" for the big screen take on the beloved 'toon "Speed Racer."
Here's the official synopsis:Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a young man who has natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer (Scott Porter). Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops (John Goodman) and Mom (Susan Sarandon), with Pops responsible for designing Speed's vehicle, Mach 5.
The owner of Royalton Industries (Roger Allam) makes Speed a lucrative offer, and Speed rejects it, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing some of the biggest races to gain profit.
With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton seeks to ensure that Speed will not win any major races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci) and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X (Matthew Fox), seeking to rescue his family's business and the sport itself.
THE NEVIL SHUTE NORWAY FOUNDATION
'FLIGHT LOG' NOW AVAILABLE IN LIBRARIES
John Anderson email@example.com writes:'
Flight Log', the description by Shute of his flight in his Proctor aircraft with James Riddell to Australia and backin 1948-49, was put together from letters and notes he wrote home. Copies have existed in the Lending Libraries for research purposes and in the original form were hard-to-read photocopies.With permission from Shute's Literary agents, the complete text has now been transcribed and annotated with maps of the journey and photographs.It is thus now available in easily readable form and copies are available for loan from the Shute Lending Libraries in the USA, UK and Australia.
ANOTHER ARCHIVES RAID
John Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org writes: Andy Burgess and I spent a couple of productive days at the National Archives last week, focusing on the R.100.They have some of the engineering blueprints from its construction and masses of reports etc. The star find for me was the original Flying Log Book. Handwritten entries of weather, speed and course steered, position, notes of every flight the R.100 ever made. It reallybrought Nevil's Shute's Slide Rule account to life. Editor's Comments: Photos from this archive search will eventually be on the website photo album.
The Canadian TV show, The Re-Inventors has contacted the foundation for assistance in featuring Shute's Grand Panjandrum in the show.The Re-Inventors hosts take a look at old or interesting inventions and try to re-invent them.The show is now in post production.If any readers see the final show I am sure we all would enjoy a report.The Grand Panjandrum, and Shute as its primary instigator, has always come in for a certain amount of good-natured ridicule mainly because the failures of the tests were so spectacular and were recorded on film. English and Australian readers will recall that Dad's Army had an episode featuring their own Grand Panjandrum.Post War speculation has suggested that the Grand Panjandrum was really part of the ruse to convince the German's that the D-Day target was Calais where apparently, a working model would have been more useful than on the Normandy Beaches. However I have never heard this confirmed.
MAJOR ADDITIONS TO THE ONLINE PHOTO ALBUM
Our new webmaster, David Dawson Taylor, has recently placed my update of over 50 new photos on the combined Photo Timeline. New images cover newspaper clippings, a shot of Shute's father, Oxford University, deHavillands, R100, Airspeed, the real location of Ruined City, D-Day, the real people from The Seafarers, Fred Lindsley who was possibly a model for Tom Cutter and / or Connie Shak Lin, 5 photos from Shute's tour around The Australian Outback Gulf Country which resulted in A Town Like Alice and other items. These photos are spread throughout the album so start at the beginning and browse through. I would like to thank our past webmaster, Oren Wolfe, for his years of dedicated service to the foundation and to Shute fans everywhere.
Dan Telfair, El Supremo Emeritus, writes: Those of you who attended the Centennial will remember a fourteen-year-old girl Shutist who assisted with movies, seminar schedules and other functions during the convention. Her name is Alix Vivier, and she is the daughter of Shutist friends here in Albuquerque. Her father was a Viet Nam era helicopter pilot. Alix wanted to be a pilot like her father, Nevil and so many Shutists at the Centennial.Over the next seven years, Alix finished high school, and earned her private pilot license, instrument rating, commercial pilot license, and flight instructor certificate. Last year, to help her along the way, she was awarded one of the Foundation flight training scholarships. Her aim was the next certification level - a rating as an Instrument Instructor. I am happy to report that she earned her instrument instructor rating last month. At twenty-three, she now has just about every airplane rating up to Air Transport Pilot - the one required to fly for the airlines. I imagine she will add that one to her list of qualifications in the not-too-distant future.Several days ago, I took an instrument refresher training flight with little Alix as my instructor, my first flight ever with her. She said I didn't do too bad for an old guy. High praise indeed! Some days are better than others. Editor's Comment: The only thing missing from this story is confirmation that Little Alix was named after the young woman in An Old Captivity.
MORE MODELS FOR KEITH STEWART
In spite of Shute's own written notes confirming Edgar Westbury as the principle model for Keith Stewart, speculation continues. Harold Luddit email@example.com writes:I wondered if Keith was patterned after the A.A. Stewart as the model collection is in miniatures and A.A. was an engineer ? Editor's Comment: I begin to see that there is no real answer to this one as even if Edgar Westbury is the main model there are links to all the other contenders. Shute would have been well aware of LBSC (also known as Curly Lawrence) who was a Keith Stewart equivalent too and a hot contender. Now AA Stewart appears on the scene. AA Stewart was an Australian model designer and collector whose designs were made and sold by the English model makers Stuart Turner. Does anyone else see a pattern ? As in full-scale engineering, it looks as if the Scots, particularly those named Stewart / Stuart dominated model engineering too.
In Trustee, Keith Stewart is also a Scot. Of further interest in the naming of characters is the name Turner. Along with other theories aired in earlier newsletters, I added my theory regarding the naming of John Turner in The Chequer Board. I claimed that in English parlance a (fitter and) turner is a lathe operator and as such a useful person. John Turner became a useful person again before he died. Knowing Shute's fondness for lathes this seemed to fit. As we now know, the model engine he was working on when writing The Chequer Board was probably the Stewart Turner 800. I can't prove any of this but I now wouldn't be surprised if both John Turner and Keith Stewart weren't named after his Stewart Turner models.
A PACIFIC NORTHWEST SHUTE FILM FESTIVAL ?
Bob King firstname.lastname@example.org writesGary Cline of Anacortes and I of Stanwood, WA, are thinking of putting on a Shute Film Festival like the one recently in MO. Is anyone in the area north of Seattle (50 miles here) interested in working with us? Editor's Comment: Anyone interested should contact Bob directly on email@example.com
THE SHUTE NARCOTIC EFFECT CONFIRMED
I have had a flood of endorsements for Gadepalli's and Jim's comments on Shute's soothing effect. Jim Woodward firstname.lastname@example.org writes:Laura Schneider and Jim Gadepalli Strike a Chord – Count me in!I feel that our 'paradise' can only be a state of mind these days with all the terrorist alerts and scare levels that we have to deal with. Reading a Shute Novel is one way to escape this insanity we now call life. Addictions? Yes. I am addicted to peace and quiet and a great book that helps me escape the madness of these days. 'On The Beach' came along (my awareness of it) during our 'Duck & Cover' nuclear scares of the 1950s and fit in with the insanity of those days. Now we get to deal with senseless terrorism – is there a terrorism that makes sense? Shute's works are addictive and the events of these days make them even more addictive and more of an escape. With all the addictive talk, I am surprised that some over-zealous nut-job here in the USA hasn't decided to regulate Shute's works but as they say, 'the day ain't over yet.'
A previous NSN fan stated in an earlier Newsletter about 'On the Beach' and the city square where a daily revival (of sorts) was held in the final days and the banner said, 'There is still time brother!' Our minister used that as a theme for a sermon soon after the film was released and I have used that phrase (giving credit to NSN) in some talks that I have given at our church. J.B. Robert email@example.com writes:I agree with Jim MacDougald's comments about the 'addiction' of the Shute novels that many of us have experienced but I'm not sure we, as a newsgroup, are so unique.
I belong to many newsgroups in which the participants are extremely passionate about their subject. Several British authors that I enjoy also have a calming effect on me, Herriot and Dick Francis to name just a few (certainly NOT Lee Child). I think it's because their stories are about 'kindler and gentler' folks. And all of us seem to be inundated by the other sort lately.
Paul Spoff PAULSPOFF6@aol.com writes:I've not even got a hint of a clue as to his narcotic effect on us. I know that with the exception of Requiem for a Wren/The Breaking Wave (Twice), I've read all of the master's works many many times. Requiem was and is a total downer for me and one that I shall not return to. I always say that Round the Bend is my favorite until I re read Alice or Kindling or Checquer, or The Far Country. Laugh, they are all my favorites, each and everyone of his books.There is a complete ability of Shute to pull us deeply into each story and the characters within. The common man raising above hardships and good triumphing over evil. I'm absolutely amazed and awestruck how when reading books that are fifty ands sixty years old, that they are so relevant to happenings in today's world. As in In The Wet, I'm positive a small corner of the veil was lifted for Shute and he was able to see into the future and pass his sightings on to us.
We are so fortunate for him to have given us his wonderful gift of story telling. Subrahmanyam None Gadepalli' firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:I am thrilled to find that my addiction to Nevil Shute is not an isolated case, and there are umpteen fellow addicts. My their tribe increase !I would put it this way. His use of words - though I find that he used the word 'PRESENTLY', which is not so commonly used by other authors, quite liberally, is the reason for this addiction (What are books but a collection of known words in a specific order, like the notes of musical compositions. He maintains 'Present tense' by telling the story as it unfolds rather than reporting it after the event. He prefers the first person use, wherever practical. Secondly, he is totally practical. Never philosophical or guessing. Even the minutest details are rendered quite truthfully. His pace, is like a meandering brook, rather than a torrent. It is the pace at which he unfolds the story, that may not appeal to the present generation of 'Fast food addicts'. Any way since there are no more books coming out, the only option left is to read whatever available over and over again.
Jayme Dandrade email@example.com writes: Further to Jim Macdougald's remarks about re-reading NSN. I did some arithmetic and find that I have been reading them for the past 57 years since I was a teenager and stumbled upon Pastoral circa 1950. I bought the complete Heron set in 1972 which I still have, and tend to complete a re-read every five to ten years.However I have to say that this compulsive re-reading also applies to Patrick O'Brian. His twenty novels set around the early nineteenth century Royal Navy are masterpieces of craftsmanship and his characters seem to live outside of the novels. The style and content of course is very different to NSN's but to my mind equally enjoyable. Re -reading both of these writers is a special treat and every occasion reveals more hidden depth and detail. There seems to be no end to the talent of these people.I wonder if any other Shutists are O'Brian fans as well? Editor's Comment:I have to admit to also being a Patrick O'Brian fan. If you feel you are overdoing your Shute addiction, Patrick O'Brian's 20 or so books make a great break before you return to Shute Nirvana again.
NOW REVEALED, A TOWN LIKE ALICE WAS WRITTEN BY A WOMAN !!!
Jim Wells firstname.lastname@example.org writes: Shutist Christine Wells of Sydney, Australia recently lost a dear relative living in Brisbane - Letty Katts - who had an interesting association with 'A Town Like Alice'.Her obituary said:'Better known under her professional name Letty Katts, Violet Melick was a pioneer writer of Australian music.'She was best known for two ballads, Never Never (1945) and A Town Like Alice (1956) ...' In 1956 her song A Town Like Alice was released by Albert's Publishing House to coincide with the Sydney premiere of the film of the same name starring Peter Finch and Virginia McKenna. ...(The song) went on to become the first all-Australian song (lyric and music) to top radio's hit parade at the time.' Editor's Comment: Jim is trying to get the words of the song. I can remember hearing it on the radio.A search on iTunes reveals that you can buy a version of the song. On iTunes you can also buy an album of the music from the 1980 miniseries of A Town Like Alice.
Sydney is now hot and humid with wonderfully wild thunder storms and Christmas is fast approaching.Although it is not now politically correct to say Merry Christmas, I feel safe from accusations of proselytising when I say it because I am not religious. So I fearlessly wish you all a very merry Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year whatever your personal beliefs. (I hope the police don't come for me before we have the Christmas pudding with custard AND ice cream) If I can remember the moveable dates I hope to equally also wish all of you Happy Hanukah, Happy Diwali, Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Ramadan etc etc etc.From finding it a stressful time when I was younger, I have come to really love Christmas. It's a great holiday and whether celebrated religiously or not, who could complain about a holiday season where people are encouraged to be nice to each other. With all my travelling I am fascinated to see how popular Christmas is in essentially non-Christian places like China.
The popularity might be more related to the selling of presents but even with its commercial side it is a fun time. As it is Summer in Australia at Christmas, my wife and I usually celebrate Christmas with an early swim at Bronte Beach and then a Christmas waifs breakfast at home with several single friends and our 3 cats. This year we are then off to a big Christmas lunch with some friends who have children and a backyard swimming pool. We traditionally eat fresh King Prawns (Giant Shrimp) at Christmas which is fairly dumb as so does everyone else and the prices jump from $35- a kilo (US$13.60 per pound / GBP15- per kilo) to $60- a kilo (US$23.30 per pound / GBP25.86 per kilo) at Christmas. This is one reason it's called the Silly Season.Have a great holiday time and don't forget to buy someone a Shute book for Christmas.
LOCATE YOUR LOCAL SHUTIST
Write in if you want your name listed and would like to get together with other Shutists in, or visiting, your vicinity.
Jim Wells email@example.com lives in Lindfield, Sydney.Richard Michalak firstname.lastname@example.org lives in Paddington, Sydney.Neil Wynes Morse email@example.com lives in Canberra.Ruth Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org lives in Adelaide.James Fricker, http://fricker.net.au email@example.com lives in Melbourne.Chris & Penny Morton firstname.lastname@example.org live in Tasmania.
HONG KONGJulian Stargardt email@example.com
INDIAGadepalli Subrahmanyam firstname.lastname@example.org lives in Vizianagaram THAILANDBruce A Clarke email@example.com lives in Bangkok
UKRichard Wynn firstname.lastname@example.org lives in Cinderford , Gloucestershire in The UK.
USA Jim & Kristi Woodward email@example.com live in Broken Arrow (east of Tulsa), Oklahoma, USA.Joy Hogg, Harrietta Michigan (northern lower Michigan, near Traverse City and Cadillac)Bill McCandless firstname.lastname@example.org lives in Joliet near Chicago.David B. Horvath, dhorvath in the cobs.com domain, near Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.Al Benkelman email@example.com Warrenton, Virginia Jim Magruder, jmagru2 (at) msn.com, near Salem, OregonJack Harper, Evergreen, Colorado firstname.lastname@example.orgFred Depkin email@example.com Palm City, FloridaJim MacDougald, firstname.lastname@example.org St. Petersburg, Florida, Jim Cavanaugh jimmiepat@Cavanaugh.net Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island, and Seattle, Washington.Robert J Price email@example.com lives in Cottonwood, California, near Redding. The Foundation maintains a password protected database of Shute enthusiasts world-wide who have expressed an interest in having their names, emails and locations recorded so that they may be put in touch with others of like mind.
If anyone would like to be included in this listing, please forward your details to our UK librarian, David Dawson-Taylor, at UKLibrary@nevilshute.org mailto:UKLibrary@nevilshute.org
Something cool that Xerox is doing If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one! Please send a card. It's FREE and it only takes a second
Friday, December 7, 2007
News courtesy of www.doubleosection.blogspot.com
The Young Bond Dossier spotted this excellent new artwork online for the upcoming (and long overdue) American hardcover edition of Charlie Higson's third Young Bond novel, Double Or Die. (Yes, America is just getting around to Number Three even though the fourth, Hurricane Gold, has already been released in the UK.)
This cover, by regular Young Bond promotional artist Kev Walker, comes as welcome news after the recent revelation of a fairly lacklustre cover for the upcoming Bond novel Devil May Care.
Dark Horizons points the way today to a very exciting story posted at the official website of Saint creator Leslie Charteris: The Saint is being revived, and James Purefoy is the man under the halo! The Rome star will portray Simon Templar in what's described as "a two-hour pilot film for a new series of The Saint" co-produced by Geoffrey Moore, son of the most famous screen Saint to date. (Dad Roger's production company was behind both his incarnation and the Seventies revival Return of the Saint starring Ian Ogilvy.)
This will be the fourth revival of The Saint since Ogilvy, following a series of British TV movies starring Simon Dutton (which are rumored to be coming next year from the UK's Network DVD), an American TV movie starring mustachioed Australian Andrew Clarke as a Lamborghini-driving Saint for the Magnum era, and of course the Val Kilmer theatrical misfire. Let's hope Purefoy's version fares better than those!
The shenanigans and songs of Frank, Sammy and Dino are re-created in 'Live at the Sands' at the Wilshire Theatre.
By Charlotte Stoudt, Special to The Times
It was the ultimate boys' night out, except the party went nonstop for a month: In 1960, the Rat Pack rolled into Vegas to make the heist movie "Ocean's Eleven" and have a little fun. Frank Sinatra and posse -- Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop -- would wake up late in the afternoon, do two sets of songs and comedy at the Sands Hotel's Copa Room, then start filming in the wee small hours of the morning. "Ocean's" was a smash, and those cabaret sessions became the stuff of entertainment legend. Never had so many been so cool with seemingly so little effort.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
WAVE 94.7FM and SmoothJazzNow.com have announced this year's nominees for the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards with one of our favorite, Carol Welsman, being nominated two categories:
Female Vocalist of the Year
Album of the Year for "Carol Welsman"
Carol is thrilled and honored by these nominations and says she'd love to have your vote in her Christmas stocking!
PLEASE VOTE NOW... voting ends February 28. ANYONE can vote from anywhere around the world!
The 2008 Smooth Jazz Awards Ceremony will be held at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario on Friday, March 7.
You can CLICK HEREhttp://live.everyonecounts.com/app/94/177
to cast your vote for Carol!
If you haven't heard heard her latest nominated CD yet, you can CLICK HERE
to sample and order it!
Or Visit www.carolwelsman.com
to vote and listen.
Carol says, "thanks very much, and may all the joy and happiness of the season be bestowed upon you!"
The 21st category, public service, is always given to a newspaper, whose reward is a gold medal. In 1997, Wynton Marsalis recorded the first jazz composition ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. "Blood on the Fields" premiered on January 28, 1997, at Woolsey Hall at Yale University.
Come hear the first jazz composer to receive the Pulitzer, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, at Pepperdine University's intimate Smothers Theatre, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. $75.00
TEMPO TRIVIA – FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD!
Harold Arlen, best known for composing the music for "The Wizard of Oz," wrote numerous hit songs that have been featured throughout the decades in other movies.
Arlen's son comes to Smothers Theatre paying tribute to his father's memorable music with his jazz saxophone, George Bugatti and the Three Crooners, vocalist Barbara Morrison, and behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "The Wizard of Oz."
Don't miss a trip to see the Wizard on February 1 at 8 p.m. $40.00
Match the movie with the Arlen song on the soundtrack:
2. Down with Love
3. Come Rain or Come Shine
4. That Old Black Magic
5. Get Happy
6. It's Only a Paper Moon
7. Blues in the Night
B.Life of the Party
C. Wizard of Oz
D. Ocean's Eleven
F. Down With Love
G. A League of Their Own
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The Filipino music event of the year, featuring the greatest Fil-Am jazz artists from around the world on one stage. CHARMAINE CLAMOR, MON DAVID, TATENG KATINDIG, TOTI FUENTES, JOHNNY ALEGRE and more!
What: 3rd Annual Fil-Am JazzFest, Presented by ABS-CBN Global
When: December 7-9; shows at 8 & 10PM, Sunday at 7PM; "Pinoy Jazz"
Movie Screening at 3PM
Where: Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd.
(at McCadden), Hollywood, 90028
How Much: $20-35, plus drinks or dinner
The LA TIMES "Pick of the Weekend."
LEAD Item in Brick Wahl's LA WEEKLY Jazz Picks Column
Tickets and More Info:
By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
FANS of the indomitable Horace Rumpole and his redoubtable creator, John Mortimer, may rejoice.At nearly 84, Mortimer has produced in "Rumpole Misbehaves" one of the best of the 16 story collections and novels centering on the crafty old barrister and self-described proud "Old Bailey hack." Rumpole's abiding idealism still is hedged around with decades of courtroom cynicism concerning man's fallen nature and a store of ready quotes from Wordsworth, all fortified by regular ingestion of Chateau Thames Embankment, the cheap red he purchases from Pommeroy's Wine Bar, where his tab remains unpaid.
By Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times December 5, 2007
MANCHESTER, England -- "Three sausage, three bacon, two hash browns, two black pudding . . ."
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The Wiseguys Big Band Machine is appearing at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney on Sunday, December 30th!!
The creative think tank and mad men publicists over at Paramount and DreamWorks just have to be kicking themselves in their collective keesters. In a moody promo shot for the new musical "Sweeney Todd," Johnny Depp sits by an attic skylight, with the Big Ben clock tower visible through the glass. Unfortunately, the film about the demon barber of Fleet Street, is set in the early 19th century - 50 years before the famous tower was even built.
In 1956, millionaires Eddie Lowery and George Coleman made an off-the-cuff bet on a golf match and inadvertently set up one of the sport's most climactic duels; this one casual game has become the sport's great suburban legend. Frost (The Greatest Game Ever Played) diligently covers the two pros slightly past their prime, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, who squared off against two top amateurs, Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. It happened in the last hours of Hogan's playing career, and ten years after Byron had left the stage, but at the near pinnacle of the amateurs', whose personalities couldn't have been more diametrically opposed (Venturi the classic up-and-comer, and Ward the inveterate playboy who performed hungover on two hours' sleep).
A CONVERSATION WITH MARK FROST
YOUR LAST TWO NONFICTION GOLF BOOKS, THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED AND THE GRAND SLAM, WERE ENORMOUSLY SUCCESSFUL. WHAT INTRIGUED YOU TO WRITE ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT THE WORLD OF GOLF?
WHAT INITIALLY DREW YOU ABOUT THIS LITTLE-KNOWN MATCH? HOW DID YOU ORIGINALLY HEAR ABOUT THIS MATCH AND HOW DID YOU COME TO MEET KEN VENTURI AND BYRON NELSON?
MF: I heard about it initially from Ben Crenshaw years ago, after writing The Greatest Game. I got to know Ken Venturi at about that same time, and with his help was able to go about recreating this extraordinary, almost unknown event. I was lucky enough to meet Byron Nelson shortly thereafter through a mutual friend, and sat down with him to draw out his memories as well.
THIS IS YOUR THIRD NONFICTION GOLF BOOK. ARE YOU PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO THE SPORT OR DO YOU JUST FIND THAT THERE ARE MANY FACETS TO WRITE ABOUT?
MF: Golf is my favorite sport to play, but it's also a wonderful sport for storytelling for a number of reasons. Its history is populated by remarkable people, and the rhythms and nature of the game itself reveals character in a way that lends itself particularly well to the written word. Much of the real action of the game is interior, psychological, even occasionally spiritual, and illuminating the human experience involved in any endeavor is the goal of any good writing.
MF: The book couldn't have been written without the cooperation and participation of Ken and Byron. Ken was extremely generous with his time and we were able to meticulously recreate the events of that day largely through his memories, fifty years to the month after it happened. Byron Nelson may well have been the greatest athlete of the 20th century who actually deserved the hideously overused modern title of "role model." Being in his presence made the whole experience worthwhile.
WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE BOOK, WHY DO YOU THINK THIS PARTICULAR GAME HAD SUCH AND IMPACT ON THE SPORT OF GOLF?
MF: It marks the great divide between the end of the period when pros and amateurs played the game as relative equals, and the beginning of the modern era, which has been thoroughly dominated by professionals and, increasingly, by market forces that have transformed it, for better or worse, into a billion-dollar industry.
WHO DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE GREATEST PLAYERS, OR THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PLAYERS, IN GOLF TODAY?
MF: Tiger Woods, more than any man in the game since Bob Jones, stands alone. And he's barely set foot into the second act of his journey.
Monday, December 3, 2007
CBN asserts that "many of the [international] publishers will use this artwork." Frankly, I hope American publisher Doubleday doesn't. There's a long-standing tradition of different artwork on American and British editions of Bond first editions, which makes the books more fun to collect. Usually the British art is infinitely superior, but this seems like an opportunity for the U.S. publisher to change that pattern!