Author Archives: Bob

The New Beginning

Here’s standalone short story that has nothing to do with Purple Sunshine or the murder mystery I’m working on.   I can get up if I want. Just hafta break these chains around my wrists and ankles. Anyways, they feel … Continue reading

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Yeah Yeah Yeah

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 brought a flood of memories, not the least of which is that it didn’t start with Ed Sullivan. The Beatles were … Continue reading

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MY FRIENDS ON THE WALL

This post is adapted and expanded from an oped piece that I wrote for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner about 25 years ago. The Herald Examiner ceased publishing in 1989. MY FRIENDS ON THE WALL Looking through the grove of … Continue reading

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The Helicopter War

Vietnam was a helicopter war. While Purple Sunshine is only partly a Vietnam War story, helicopters play a major role in the story. Approximately 12,000 helicopters saw service in the Vietnam War, the majority of them UH-1 Hueys. Bell Helicopter … Continue reading

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Detroit Rock and Roll

I grew up in northern Ontario and northern Michigan and Detroit rock and roll saved my soul. In July 1967 when Purple Sunshine begins, Detroit was the fifth largest U.S. city but it arguably had a greater influence on the … Continue reading

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Writing from an Outline

A friend asked me if I used an outline when I wrote story. Some writers work from an outline, and others don’t. I didn’t have outline when I wrote Purple Sunshine.   Several years ago, I heard Elmore Leonard, one … Continue reading

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’60s Clichés

  Purple Sunshine has a few clichés in it. But in the period when this story takes place – July, 1967 to February, 1968 – most of them weren’t clichés.  There really were hippie chicks with names like Sunshine, or … Continue reading

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