John Candy – Laughing on the Outside by Martin Knelman

The 1997 book from Martin Knelman explores John Candy’s life growing up in Canada, and gaining fame as a comedic actor in both Canada and the U.S. Candy, who struggled with weight his entire life, fought off his demons by diving into the acting realm. Candy was most generous to people he met along theContinue reading “John Candy – Laughing on the Outside by Martin Knelman”

How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir by Kate Mulgrew

Stage and screen actress Kate Mulgrew grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and has been acting since her breakthrough role starring as Mary Ryan in the 1975 ABC soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Her second autobiography released in 2019. How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir, is both a heart-wrenching and heart-warming account of both her parent’s, fatherContinue reading “How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir by Kate Mulgrew”

Tetralogy of Fallot

50 years ago, on April 30, 1969, I underwent successful open-heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital to repair a heart birth defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. For my 50th anniversary, this article provides insight into the history of medical advancements with congenital heart defects, my experiences during the early days of hospitalization, and lookingContinue reading “Tetralogy of Fallot”

Dwight D. Eisenhower: In War and Peace – Jean Edward Smith

Jean Edward Smith’s book Dwight D. Eisenhower In War and Peace, is a detailed account of our thirty-fourth President. This massive 766 page book covers Eisenhower’s early days growing up in Abilene Kansas to his death in 1969. Graduating West Point 1915, he was first in his class of 245. He served as a militaryContinue reading “Dwight D. Eisenhower: In War and Peace – Jean Edward Smith”

Eric Idle – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Eric Idle gained fame almost 50 years ago playing pompous TV hosts and sneering idiots as a member of the famed British Monty Python comedy troupe. While the original BBC TV show ran for only four seasons, it spawned a bunch of live shows and several movies, including “Life of Brian,” which ended with Idle’sContinue reading “Eric Idle – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”

Paul Simon – The Life by Paul Hilburn

Paul Simon’s career has spanned seven decades, from his early collaboration with Art Garfunkel (they met when he was 11), to world tours with Bob Dylan and Sting. Simon’s enamored world music spans this time, with the Latin rhythms of ElCondor Pasa (If I Could), to his 1980s Graceland album, utilizing musicians form South AfricaContinue reading “Paul Simon – The Life by Paul Hilburn”