Archives for the month of: October, 2012


There is no year on this invitation because Hadda Brooks, the Queen of Boogie Woogie, who passed away in 2002, is timeless.

Still performing at 85!

This is NOT the view from the Coffee Shop, because the Coffee Shop didn’t have a view. This is the view from my house when I lived in the Hollywood Hills.



and Now

Mystery writer Robert S. Levinson organized the monthly meetings of the Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writer’s Association that were held in Michael’s Room. The wall outside Michael’s Room quickly filled up with signed book jackets.

Carolyn Wheat wrote “How to Write Killer Fiction” after teaching mystery
Dave Sherman, who calls himself the “Creativity Ninja” took twenty years to write his first book “The Dark Side.”
Leo du Lac was 100 years old when he passed away on September 11. du Lac worked as a licensed contractor and restorer of fire-damaged buildings to support his wife and five children before returning to  writing. 
Mel Cebulash has written in many genres including Young Adult, Sports, and Mystery, featuring Young Adults. “Hot Like the Sun” features 16-year old sleuth Terry Tyndale.
Gayle Lynds, the best-selling author of MASQUERADE created the Covert-One adventure series with Robert Ludlum after he read her books.
Novelist John Shannon grew up in San Pedro. Streets on Fire is one of the series that feature reluctant detective Jack Liffey.
Aileen G. Baron calls writing her 3rd career.
When you’re the former head writer for the successful TV series, “Murder, She Wrote” you can pretty much do anything you want. Which is what Thomas B. Sawyer did when he self-published “The Sixteenth Man” when he got impatient with traditional publishing timelines.

Once upon a time there was the Cadillac Cafe.

A very young Roy Yamaguchi supporting his friends, Baldwin and Doreen Marchack on Guest Chef night.
A very hip business card by former graphic designer Pierre Camps

Chef Jean Bertranou, of L’Ermitage Restaurant in Los Angeles handling a frequent customer!

With the AFI (American Film Institute) less than one mile from the Coffee Shop, it was not unusual to receive student film location requests. Here is one of the many letters we received.