WHERE DO I BEGIN? Well, let’s start with the exciting news that my dear friend Diane Gee has recently shared with me….. (Diane is one of the charming ladies that run the office of Dr. Michael Williamson, another friend, and the world’s BEST periodontist!) I have know Diane for over 10 years, but only recently did her wonderful brother Steve (probably named after me) start playing professional poker. Steve now spends a great deal of time in Las Vegas, and will soon (October 28th) be spending even more time there because…… Steve Gee just made it to the final table of THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER!!
I am very excited about all of this, especially because I have formally suggested Steve’s new “professional nickname.” Are you ready for this? All right, Steve will now be known as “THE G-MAN.” I love the connection to his last name, and the fact that he is connected to the Feds. (Although I think an I.R.S. connection would have been better, because if Steve wins the whole enchilada, he will receive $8,500,ooo!!!!!)
Good luck, buddy! We here in Austin will be rooting for you! (And don’t forget to hold up a copy of THE PRESLEY PLOT whenever the camera swings to you!) The Elvis t-shirts are on the way.
MORE EXCITING NEWS…… Last night’s Literary Salon Event was a huge success! The audience was alive and kicking, and we had a marvelous time discussing mystery novels, publishing, and the lack of parking spaces at the Wildflower Terrace. (Which is a very lovely venue, I might add.) Our wonderful hostess, Terri Schexnayder, held a pre-seminar party in her brand new apartment, and some of the guests (i.e., Ms. Beverly Horne) wore Halloween costumes. The wine and food were greatly appreciated, and so was the post-seminar book signing. The lovely and talented Helen Ginger was my co-panelist, and together we sold many, many books. SO THANK YOU AGAIN, TERRI!
After the mystery seminar, I joined some dear friends for a late-night Cajun snack. (Which consisted of great fried oysters, catfish, and Abita Beer.) I must say, it was a wonderful conclusion to a most wonderful day. And by the way, since one of the couples (Max and Barbara Talbott, of the Chateau Talbott Family in France) was at our table, I will end this post by mentioning something about their home state, Indiana…..
Thirty-six years ago today, ELVIS PRESLEY performed a memorable concert in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The show was held at the Memorial Coliseum, and there were roughly 14,000 people in attendance. The crowd was VERY enthusiastic, and just by coincidence, Elvis had just released a wonderful rendition of “How Great Thou Art.”
Naturally, the next day’s headline read: “How Great He Was!” Those in attendance swear that this was one of The King’s best shows….. and I don’t doubt it. I just wonder if Elvis began the concert by asking the crowd…. “Hoosier Mama?”
A “Hoosier” is a resident of Indiana, but the etymology of the word is actually unkown. (Some folks think the word comes from “hoo,” meaning high or hill in the old Angl0-Saxon language, or “hoozer” which means large) Whatever the case, the good people of Indiana made Elvis feel quite welcome, and we should do our best to welcome them to Texas. (Here we have a sneaky reference to my lovely birthday gift to Max Talbott, which will certainly get him “high.”) Think Bourbon.
Well, gang, I must run….. Sunday is my sweet Rachel’s wedding day (my oldest daughter) and we are putting together “gift boxes” for our out-of-town guests. The story of Rachel’s wedding will be told in future blogs…. and you will not want to miss a single installment! I shall write again soon…… Love to all……
Doc Yanoff, The Father of the Bride!