Monday, August 19, 2013




The Collectibles

THE COLLECTIBLES --- Attorney and former judge James J. Kaufman next month (September) releases his new book The Collectibles (book two of a trilogy); and, it’s a fascinating, cross-generational novel based on one family; two strong men from separate worlds – one touch by tragedy, the other touched by greed, who re-unite in an unexpected way. 

Kaufman’s writing is immediately dramatic and thought-provoking. It’s one of the best reads we've yet experienced. Kauffman’s a proponent of building relationships and trust through storytelling and what with the recent exploits of people like Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner … we should applaud his methods. 

The 74-year old is also Chairman of the Board of Imaging the World which is changing global medicine through a revolutionary concept integrating technology, training and community to bring medical expertise and high quality health care to remote and under-served areas worldwide. Kaufman will be here in two weeks; more then.

BILL IN THE HAMPTON'S --- We were literally steps away from the entrance to East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday (for the 65th Annual Celebrity Artist & Writers softball game) when a jet-black SUV pulled up and out stepped former-President Bill Clinton, with a bevy of Secret Service men. 

Clinton had been in East Hampton all week (as was Jack Nicholson) and made a pit-stop to visit the game and make a few comments to the crowd. Perennially, this is a must-see, late summer event where such artists and writers, including this year’s rooster of Carl Bernstein; Mort Zuckerman; Walter Isaacson; actress Lori Singer; Jay McInerney; sports-writer Mike Lupica; Commissioner Ray Kelly, and, Matt Lauer, play a charity softball game. 

It’s always a hoot to see these bold-faced name splay ball. Lauer brought his son Jack to the proceedings and having a President there is always an added treat. Clinton was asked to ref a few innings, but, after a pregnant pause, he said he'd pass, as he’s made too many decisions already. Funny, right? No Hillary or Chelsea, but, it was a blast. While this year’s game may have lacked some marquee names, it was fun.

BURNING BRIDGES --- Glen Campbell began his musical career as a songwriter to many of the 1960's biggest stars. He transitioned to film with John Wayne in 1969's True Grit, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and was awarded a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums selling more than 45 million copies. His hits include “Galveston,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

For the last twenty-four years, Debby Campbell has been by her father's side, as a part of his concert touring act, as well as a supportive part of his family. She has been with her dad through his four wives, through drug and alcohol addiction, and now through the shattering beginnings of Alzheimer's disease. 

In her forthcoming memoir, Burning Bridges, Campbell, written with author Mark Bego, she writes her story of a father and his devoted daughter from her heart, and from her diary. She has shared some of the most rewarding years in her father's life. And now, for the first time, she blows the lid off of all of Glen Campbell's family secrets. It is about a family bound together by Glen's talent. Debby discusses the marriages, the drink and the drugs, the illness and her sacking, as well as Glen Campbell's many successes. In her frank family memoir she sets the record straight on a daughter's love for her talented father, with the full knowledge that she is about to start burning some bridges of her own. 

Mark Bego is the author of 61 published books on rock & roll, country music, and show business. He has been called “The Number One Best-Selling Pop Biographer” in Publisher’s Weekly, and has been referred to in the press as “The Prince of Pop Music Bio’s.” With over 10 million copies of his books in print, Bego has written two New York Times best-selling books (Michael! [Jackson] and Leonardo DiCaprio: Romantic Hero). 

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