Frankly, my dear, I think we need another dam!  Oy vey, did we get a lot of rain from Hurricane Harvey.  Somewhere around 27 TRILLION gallons of water fell on Texas, most of it on Houston.  That’s a lot of water.  Enough to provide 2 or 3 baths for Rosie O’Donnell.  Harvey also destroyed my brother-in-law’s vacation home in lovely Rockport.  Luckily, he and his wife had a place in Houston that was not affected by the rain or flooding.  Most of the Texas coast is still cleaning up, but as Mother Nature will soon learn, you don’t mess with Texas.  The re-bulding has already begun!

Miss Irma (another blow-hard) ruined my planned book tour to Naples, Florida, but I’m not complaining.  My new publicist, Jelly Roll Rabinowitz, has already put together a marvelous outing scheduled for January, 2018.  (Subject to those other 3 hurricanes not showing up in Florida!)  On this outing, we shall be going to the Cayman Islands, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala!  When we get to Guatemala, we will be going to a school where I will be giving out some free books and signing autographs for the locals.  I really love this sort of good deed, and I am really looking forward to this stop.

Speaking of fun events, the great radio host, Jack Drucker, will be re-airing the entire interview we did for the release of DEVIL’S COVE on Tuesday, September 19th.  (Around noon, E.S.T.)  As you might recall, Jack works at WTAN in Clearwater, Florida, and his show is one of the top-rated programs in the nation.  If you want to hear the interview, simply tune into “Tan Talk,” 1340 AM or 1o6.1 FM.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised with our chatter.

Incidentally, since we are on the subject of radio interviews, Jack will also be interviewing me sometime in November.  We plan to have a lively full-length discussion about my new history book, TURBULENT TIMES.  There will be a Q & A after our initial discussion, so if you want to call the station and give me a hard time, now’s your chance!  (Please don’t claim to be one of my previous lovers unless you are a female!)

And speaking of wonderful females…..  I would like to thank Miss Gina Sigmong for sending me a VERY interesting DVD about the amazing folks of Hickory, North Carolina, and how they battled the dreaded childhood disease of polio back in the fifties.  Talk about character and grit!  Those folks were simply incredible and represent the best part of being an American citizen.  Truly inspirational!

I would also like to thank Max and Barbara Talbott for renewing my subscription of Garden & Gun Magazine!  In my humble opinion, this is the BEST magazine in America, and absolutely invaluable to a country boy like me.  My birthplace, Nashville, Tennessee, is actually featured in this month’s issue.  (They were praised for their outstanding cuisine, which is well-deserved!)

JUST A REMINDER…..   Keep in mind that ALL book royalties (for the rest of the year) will be donated to the hurricane victims, so if you are thinking about a purchase, now’s the time to act.  Let’s face it, you can’t take it (money) with you, so why not spend it on a good cause?  What is money, anyway?  Well, I’m glad you asked …..

We call it “paper money,” but our bills are actually a blend of cotton and linen.  The unfinished pyramid represents our “unfinished democracy.”  The eagle was chosen because of its courage and intelligence.  If you’re the superstitious type, you’ll be happy to know that the number 13 is well represented on our bills, too.  How so?  Well, there are 13 stars in the seal (representing the 13 colonies), there are 13 steps on the pyramid, the olive branch has 13 leaves, the are 13 arrows in the eagle’s talon, there are 13 stars above the eagle’s head, and …..  there are 13 letters in “E PLURIBUS UNUM!”

If any of this information troubles you, please send me all of your unlucky dollar bills and I will dispose of them properly.  Yeah, I know, they don’t make guys like me anymore!  Take care, my friends, and we shall chat again soon!

Love to all,

Doc Yanoff



3 thoughts on “GONE WITH THE WIND!

  1. Hi Stephen. Thank you for the “shout-out” regarding the video, “Miracle: How a North Carolina County Named Catawba Battled Polio and War”. If anyone would like a copy they can contact Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Students, staff, faculty, and community partners pulled this together.
    Also, kudos to you regarding your book purchases and helping hurricane victims. You just helped me with my Christmas Gift List!!!!! Take care! Gina

  2. Yes, everyone in Florida managed to escape without harm! (Mainly since Irma went to the west side of the state.) Thanks for asking! Hope all is well with you and yours, too!

  3. Christine Nickles

    Hoping Hazel and Glenn were safe during the hurricane

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