Archive for November, 2015
Nashville (Nov. 1, 2015) - I’m finally getting back to my blog, which I started, with great intentions, several years ago. However, along the way, I became absorbed in my passion for writing biographies.
First, it was Ward Hall – King of the Sideshow. He is now 85 years old and a true legend, having run away and joined the circus when he was a mere 14 years old. That book came out in May, 2014 and Ward and I enjoyed several book signing ventures along the way. No sooner had I finished Ward’s book, I came up with the idea to create a series of biographies about the living legends, those whose timeless wisdom energizes the world’s greatest entertainment venues – theme parks, amusement parks, fairs, carnivals, circuses, sideshows, museums and unique one-of-a-kind attractions.
I call the new biographical series, Legends & Legacies. These books are quick and easy reads about the innovators and their insights and secrets who created these irresistible pleasure palaces. The books reveal the best of those who spent a lifetime delivering smiles and creating value. Unlike many biographies, I only write about living legends because I don’t like to rely totally on secondary research, which one has to do when you cannot personally interview the subject. I’m lucky on that account, because during my 40-plus years chronicling this industry, I have had the privilege to not only know, but to have interviewed the biggest names in our industry!
Each person chronicled in this series has been personally interviewed extensively by me and each biography is based on that primary research. All secondary research has been vetted for accuracy by not only myself, but by the subject of each of my books. My first two are of the legendary and celebrity Imagineer, Tony Baxter. The other is Dick Kinzel, the roller coaster king of Cedar Point. I have spent the last two years on these two biographies and they both are now available. Please check them out.