Saturday, January 5, 2008


Issue 7

Now Available.

Table of Contents:

Silent As Dust by James Maxey

Lost Soul by Marie Brennan

The Price of Love by Alan Schoolcraft

The Unrhymed Couplets of the Universe by Sharon Shinn

The Braiding by Pat Esden

After This Life by Janna Silverstein

The Smell of the Earth by Joan L. Savage


A new story from the Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card

Tales for the Young and Unafraid by David Lubar

InterGalactic Interview with James Morrow

A Plague of Butterflies (Comic)

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January 2008



This is my 50th newsletter and it is a short one this time.

Maybe we are running out of things to say but I doubt it. After all, we have all come up with 50 newsletters full of things to talk about in only 4 years with very little prompting so I don’t think Shute will fade away over night.

I have had some computer problems this month and may have lost a couple of addresses in the changeover even though I backed everything up. It’s hard when it is the backup program which has a failure.

This means you really need backups for the backups for the backups. (I refuse to go there) So apologies to those who don’t get this and therefore don’t get to read my apology. (huh ?)

Sydney has had a great New Years and as I write this it is hot and humid at 10 at night.
I hope you all have a terrific 2008.

Richard Michalak


Tom Wenham writes:
In the current edition of Aviation World, the journal of Air-Britain Historians, an article by ex-Handley Page chief aerodynamicist, Harry Fraser-Mitchell, finishes by recounting that he recalled a civilianised Handley Page Halifax, G-AJNW, which in its military days was PP296, masquerading as the Reindeer for the filming of No Highway.

The subterfuge was achieved with the aid of lots of wood and fabric (on one side only), a tricycle undercarriage, and a swept biplane tail. Harry recalled that at the end of the film it was shown disintegrating.
It would be interesting to learn where these shots were filmed and I will attempt to contact Harry, through Air-Britain, to see if he has any more information.


GrahamTritt writes:
As a long time Shute fan, I have chosen "A Town like Alice" and "On the Beach" for study by a book club in April 2008. I hope to find copies of the films to show, can anyone help?

I found in a local library a DVD of 2004 by Kramer, Stanley [Regie] Paxton, John [Drehbuch] starring Peck, Gregory Gardner, Ava so I guess this is a copy of the original.

As well as the book evening, at about this time I will present a talk on ANZAC Day and on World War II in the Pacific - an aspect of history which is almost unknown in Switzerland! The typical school text book contains 49 pictures and pages of the European theater and one of the east, typically a picture of atom bombing.

Then an ANZAC ceremony in Vevey near Montreux, on 26 April, and the films in the evening.

The dates would be April 22 to 26, visitors to Berne are welcome to join us!

You can register me as a contact person in Switzerland!.

Babette Hills writes:
Our wonderful current North American Librarian, Susan Batross, is ill and needs help with the Foundation Library for 2008. Duties include email correspondence, storing several boxes of books and videos.

Packing and shipping items, logging postage and materials purchased, balancing donations, tracking items loaned and returned and reporting to the board. Susan hopes to return as Librarian when she recovers. Please contact Babette Hills at if you are able to help with this position.


Jeffrey S. Corgan writes:
Back in March or April 2004, I sent a letter to The NSNF about locating
a DVD release of the Masterpiece Theatre version of "A Town Like Alice" for my grandmother.

This Christmas I was fortunate enough to find for my grandmother a copy of the film on DVD, however.
The Small Screen is a wonderful small company which deals with imports of unlicensed or non-released DVDs to the United States. The page of the DVD can be found here:

Now, I will say that the DVD case it came in was lackluster. There was a bit of damage to the case and the packaging, but that was easily remedied with a new DVD case, and the Disc itself was in perfect condition.

As for the quality of the film, I didn't have time to watch the whole thing, but the beginning seemed totally watchable and listenable (as to be expected from what I can guess is a DVD transfer), and my grandmother claims it improves with time.

The only gripe is the menu is a bit messy, but that's minor. Though of course this has nothing to do with The Small Screen, they import these. All in all a totally worthwhile package for a person looking to preserve the film on DVD.


Paul Spoff writes:
My Christmas is very very merry. My wife gifted me with a copy of SEAFARERS. Oh my, I don't know whether to gobble it up all at once, or savor and wait awhile to start it. When you've read all the others so many times, some as often as ten or twelve, it is a hard decision.
I so wish to thank all the Nevil Shute club members for sharing their thoughts and memories and ideas. It's so hard to believe that after forty some years that his books still carry so much weight and mean so much to so many people.

To all who Nevil Shute fans or just happen to see this newsletter-The very best for a wonderful New Year.

Friday, January 4, 2008



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Saturday, February 2

Thursday, February 7

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008



Chris Mills shares with us the latest cover for his Femme Noir comic book, which just showed up in his e-mail this evening.

Digital painting by Alfredo Lopez Jr. over a pencil drawing by Joe Staton. Currently scheduled for Issue #3, due out in August or so.

I can't wait for this series to start!



Here is another little gem of a jazzy sountrack ripped from the archives of the Crime Lounge. If you’re into sountracks from the spy movies and television shows of the swinging sixties, you have to check out The Crime Lounge:

The direct link to the soundtrack download is:

The file downloads as a .rar file -- a special sort of zip file for music that maintains music quality during the compression process. If you are not familiar with .rar files, they require a special program to unzip them. An easy to use free version of the unzipping program, Rarzilla, can be found and quickly put to use (drag and drop) at:

Track Listings

Burke's Law Theme
4: 30 A.M.
Meetin' at P.J.'s
Burke's Law Blues
Tim's Song
Blues for a Dead Chick
Drum Madness
Tuesday's Tune
Blues Downstairs
Burke's Beat



There’s a new pulp web-zine on the loose! Astonishing Adventures Magazine’s second issue has just hit the Internet and is as jammed packed with action as it’s first issue!

Lots of exclaimation points (as in: It’s amazing! It’s stupendous! It’s ASTONISHING!) lets the reader know they are in for an old fashioned pulp ride. So, if this is what you live for, get over to:

ASTONISHING ADVENTURES MAGAZINE, the greatest place for new tales in the old pulp fashion, has finally arrived!

Marvel at the tale of the man who married a Yeti! Thrill to the exploits of the mysterious Red Panda!

Gasp in amazement as dinosaurs attack Manhattan!

Be astounded as Tokyo is reduced to rubble (yet again)!

All this and more, including interviews with award-winning writer Joe Lansdale, legendary comics artist Michael Wm. Kaluta, and painter extraordinaire Doug Klauba!

Did we mention the monkeys? Yes, there are monkeys! More monkeys than you can shake a banana at!

Brace yourself for tales that are ASTONISHING!

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Despite claims from fans of authors Sara Paretsky (V.I. Washshowski), Sue Grafton (Kinsey Milhone), and Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone), Honey West (as created by the husband and wife team under the pseudonym G.G. Fickling) was the first major female private eye in mystery fiction.

This soundtrack to the 1965 television adaptation, starring Ann Francis, is as bold and jazzy as the scores created for other detective shows of the 50s and 60s. The killer lineup of Hollywood studio musicians and arranger talent was perfect for interpreting Joseph Mullendore's music.

I discovered this gem in the archives of the Open Channel D blog located at:

The direct link to the download is:

The file downloads as a .rar file -- a special sort of zip file for music that maintains music quality during the compression process. If you are not familiar with .rar files, they require a special program to unzip them. An easy to use free version of the unzipping program, Rarzilla, can be found and quickly put to use (drag and drop) at:

Track Listings

1. Wild Honey

2. Jazzito

3. Jazzitot

4. Lots Of Pluck

5. Preludium To Mayhem

6. Requiem For A Sideman

7. Sweet Honey

8. Am Goes (Honey) West

9. Serape

10. Silk ‘N’ Honey

11. Wait & See

12. Bolero

Sunday, December 30, 2007



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Kohl's commercial featuring John on vocals


Happy New Year! Thank you for subscribing to this newsletter and welcome to the first issue. We will be sending out future issues and announcements throughout the year to keep you informed about the latest Pizzarelli happenings.

As we ring out the old and ring in the new, we'd like to thank you for your continuing support through attending John and Jessica's live performances, buying their records and listening to Radio Deluxe. We appreciate hearing from you so please keep those cards and letters coming!


Radio Deluxe began 2007 with a return visit from Steve Tyrell and ends with John & Jessica on the roof of their apartment building, doing their yearly ritual of welcoming in the new year high above Lexington Avenue. The New Year's and Christmas shows were the subject of an article about Radio Deluxe in The Orange County Register on December 20th.

Between Tyrell and Auld Lang Syne, Radio Deluxe provided a list of intriguing guests and great music in 2007. A few episodes originated from the road. In Los Angeles John and Jessica visited with composer and arranger Johnny Mandel and Jimmy McHugh III. In Portland, Oregon, John was joined by singer Freddy Cole and singer and songwriter extraordinaire, Dave Frishberg. Other highlights of 2007 included visits by singer Judy Collins, saxophonist Harry Allen, author Mitch Albom, actor Jeff Garlin, and broadcaster and surprise musician Charles Osgood.

The year 2008 seems filled with promise for John & Jessica and you'll hear all about if you stay near your radio. John will be performing in Japan, at New York's famous Birdland and LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall. Jessica will be back on Broadway, in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, and John & Jessica will appear together, for nearly two months, at New York's posh Café Carlyle. Early in the year, John & Jessica, Bucky, the quartet, Liza Minnelli, and a CBS camera crew will all squeeze into the deluxe living room for an episode of Radio Deluxe that will be featured in a segment of CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

You'll be part of all John & Jessica's adventures and meet their fun friends, just by dropping by the deluxe apartment every weekend. As usual, it'll all be here on Radio Deluxe - year 'round.


What are YOU doing New Year's Eve? WNYC, New York City's NPR affiliate, will air the New Year's Eve Special of Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli as part of their special holiday programming, so be sure to tune in at 11:00 PM on AM 820 on December 31, New Year's Eve.

Join us for live music with the John Pizzarelli trio, a special visit from acclaimed jazz singer Kate McGarry and a year of Auld Lang Synes.

For those not in the New York area, you can listen live at 11 PM Eastern at

Forward this newsletter and invite your friends and family to tune in!


Coming up in 2008, CBS Sunday Morning, will air a special story on The Pizzarelli family and Radio Deluxe. Charles Osgood, the program's host who was recently featured as a guest on Radio Deluxe, turns the tables and finds out the latest on the Deluxe team. The piece will feature an in-depth interview with our Deluxe hosts, footage of the dynamic duo performing at Birdland, The Café Carlyle, and in Jessica's new Broadway show, the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George.


Bucky and Jessica share a birthday on January 9th.

Many happy returns and best wishes for a Deluxe year!



In 1967 Henry Mancini updated his Peter Gunn score for the soundtrack of Gunn Number One – the first and only big screen outing for the ubiquitious ‘50s private eye. While the film was a forgettable effort to cash in on the growing James Bond craze, the soundtrack was a keeper.

I owned the LP, but somewhere in the mists of time, it went missing. So, I was delighted to find a downloadable file on the Share site at:

The direct link to the download can be found at the bottom of this post.

The file downloads as a .rar file -- a special sort of zip file for music that maintains music quality during the compression process. If you are not familiarm with .rar files, they require a special program to unzip them. An easy to use free version of the unzipping program, Rarzilla, can be found and quickly put to use (drag and drop) at:

Henry Mancini - 1967 • Gunn.....Number One

PETER GUNN: A powerful, up-to-date version of the "Gunn" theme. Plas Johnson is featured on the new Selmer Varitone Electric Saxophone.

A QUIET HAPPENING: Pianist Jimmy Rowles quietly sets up the three against four theme which segues to a straight walking four. Altoist Ted Nash and Bud Shank on baritone sax add their solo comments. The postscripts reserved for bassist Ray Brown.

DREAMSVILLE: This is the only other number along with Peter Gunn - that was retained from the original TV score. It is aptly named: Bunker's vibes establish a peaceful mood that serves as an invitation for the choir. The choristers' melody is doubled by a blend of French horns (led by Vincent De Rosa) trombones and no less than a dozen flutes.

SKY WATCH: A polite swinger, initiated by the twelve flutes (six alto and six bass), ending to four short but eloquent solos: Bunker on vibes; Rowles at the piano, Pete Candoli's trumpet making itsmuted points over vibes; and Ted Nash on flute.

A BLUISH BAG: An infectious, contemporary, rhythmic back ground paves the way for soprano sax and trumpet in unison. A small chamber ensemble follows, leading to the solos. It is obvious that Mancini still holds a great liking for the small-combo sound that was such a hallmark of the original TV 'Peter Gunn' music.

THEME FOR SAM: Jimmy Rowles comes riding into town sporting a funky country and western flavor. The whole track swings rest fully - even the final resolution is a relaxed take-off of a typical Basie ending.

THE MONKEY FARM: A wild, uninhibited orgy of rhythmic gimmicks produced by two Varitone electric baritones, piano and fuzz guitar - typical accoutrements one might find in any swinging jungle. It's also typical of Mancini's musical sense of humor. Bob Bain's fuzz guitar weaves a hypnotic drone behind a section of four wailing soprano saxes, Ted Nash's solo and the Varitone tenor of Plas Johnson.

A LOVELY SOUND: Obviously a reference to the trombone of Dirk Nash as he wends his way over a variety of background colors.

I LIKE THE LOOK: Ray Brown and Shelly Manne+ set the bossa nova pattern, opening the way for a call-and-response exchange between chorus and flutes. An instrumental segment features horns and alto flutes in unison, along with Rowles' piano, then bark to the chorus.Listen carefully to this tune: it's the latest creation by Mancini and Leslie Bricusse. The melody is in the Mancini tradition of the smooth flowing line; the lyrics bristle with Bricusse's trademark of witty, internal rhymes.

SILVER TEARS: Back to the chamber sound for a slow, moody showcase for Bunker's vibes. Piano and bass maintain a wide-ranging figure over sustained guitar chords, deviating only for Bob Bain's guitar solo before Bunker returns for his final solo thoughts, ending with an oscillating pyramid.

SWEET!: This is a jaunty waltz with a bouncing bass figure beneath a mischievous flute phrasing. The segue to 4/4 is smooth - as smooth as the vibes and muted trumpet solos by Bunker and Pete Condoli. Eight flutes doubled by four soprano saxes produce a novel sound a bit later. Trombonist Dick Nash solos before the flutes return with the final statement.

NIGHT OWL: Ted Nash in pursuit of beauty, with rich accompaniment from horns, flugelhorns and trombones.
BYE BYE: Not many writers get a chance to cast their instrumental material into a different mould. Mancini does with his Peter Gunn theme, and thanks to the lyrics of Joy Livingston and Ray Evans, its vocal fruition becomes the sardonic valedictory Bye Bye. The flautists add a dimension of shrill frenzy by doubling on piccolos. Shelly Manne proves once more that, regardless of the idiom, he is among the foremost of America's great drummers.