Well, I scored some big points today…..

In fact, I scored four points.  (As in THE FOUR POINTS NEWS!)

In case you’re wondering what I’m babbling about, I just had the privilege of being interviewed by THE FOUR POINTS NEWS, one of our

outstanding local newspapers.  (They have a large and growing circulation that reaches almost 10,000 homeowners in West Austin!)

The reporter and I spent about an hour together discussing THE PRESLEY PLOT, and then she took some photographs of my rock garden.

(Rumored to be one of the largest privately owned rock gardens in our galaxy and most of the universe as presently understood by the scientific


I really enjoyed the interview and will post the full article as soon as it is published.  Hopefully, this will be the first of many such interviews.

Meanwhile…..  orders for THE PRESLEY PLOT continue to pour into, and much to my surprise, they are now on their third

or fourth printing.  (God bless my mother!)  I would like to thank everyone who has purchased a book (and especially those who have purchased

more than one) and I want you to know that I intend to take each and every one of you to the Academy Awards.  (What a bus trip that will be!)

Starting planning your vacation days and looking for baby-sitters!

(Brad and Angelina will be supplying the hot dogs and beer.)

Love to all…..       Doc Yanoff


These immortal words uttered by Steve McGarrett (played by Jack Lord), now have

a special meaning to me, and it has nothing to do with Hawaii.   No, I was not

charged with “murder one,” or any other crime.  (Unless you count impersonating a

mystery author a crime!)

“BOOK ‘EM” refers to the joyous fact that THE PRESLEY PLOT, my new mystery

novel, is now available on…..  AMAZON.COM!

All you have to do is go to the Amazon site and type in the name of the book (or

my name) and then hit the “go button.”     A photo of the book cover, and a brief

description of the plot will be posted in a few days.

AMAZINGLY….. there were over 300 pre-orders for the book and they have

already depleted (TEMPORARILY) their stock.

However, you can still order the book and once a new shipment arrives your copy

will be promptly sent out.  I suggest you purchase a book A.S.A.P.   (Before my

mother buys all the copies again!)

As a courtesy to my readers, I would be more than happy to autograph any and all

copies purchased.  What a marvelous gift a “personalized” book would be!

Once again, thank you for all of your love and support.  If I could, I would give

each one of you a big hug!

Take care…  and let me hear from you!

Doc Yanoff


Groucho Marx famously declared that he would never join any club that wanted

him as a member.

Well, I don’t feel that way!

I have recently joined a couple of Elvis Presley Fan Clubs and I’m quite impressed

by their members and the clever posts they create.  These are very talented and

passionate folks, and they are doing a great job keeping The King in the public

eye.  (As I have previously stated, Elvis is selling more records today than when he

was alive!)

To all of you fan club members I have one (or two) things to say…..

Keep up the good work!

And thank you.

Now, for all of you old salts (and young peppers) hold onto your life jacket because

Carnival Cruise Line is now offering a 7-day voyage called….  “THE LEGENDS

ELVIS CRUISE!”     The ship leaves from Galveston (without Glenn Campbell)

on February 3, 2013.     Stops include Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel,

and Tupelo, Mississippi.  (Just kidding about that last port!)

If you’re interested check out the ship…  the Carnival Magic.

Well, shiver me timbers, it’s time to go.  (Believe it or not, I’m on my way to an

authentic Hawaiian luau!)  In Austin!  Go figure.

Happy “sails” to you until we meet again!

Doc Yanoff


Well, just when I thought I was out of coincidences (between me and Elvis) lo and

behold, I discover that this very weekend (my birthday weekend, mind you) there is

an Elvis Presley Festival in Lake George, New York.  Why, you might ask, is this a

coincidence?  Because my family used to own a motel on Lake George, and in fact,

that is where I learned to swim, waterski, and scuba dive!  Our resort was located in

the charming village of Diamond Point.  It was called the Flamingo Motel, and it is

still in operation, run by the folks who bought it from our family.  If you know of this

lovely venue, or have ever stayed in Lake George, drop me a line!  We can stroll down

Memory Lane together.

Last week, coming home from a late-night poker tournament, I pulled into my

driveway in west Austin, and there in front of me was a VERY large rope curled up,

and strangely enough, it was moving!  Upon closer examination, I discovered that

the  “rope” was actually a big old rattlesnake!  Being an organic gardener, I like most

snakes, but this bad boy was mean spirited and full of venom.  (And I am very close

friends with several dogs in the neighborhood.)   So…..  I had little choice but to

dispatch said snake with a 12-guage shotgun.  I have young children living on both

sides of me, so I really couldn’t allow the darn thing to just crawl away.  (and live to

bite another day!)  Anyway, such is life out here in the Texas Hill Country.

Maybe I’ll work the incident into my next novel.  Of course, by then, the poor reptile

will have grown to eight or nine feet!  (I believe that’s called literary license.)  Down in

these parts we call it braggin’.   Then again, as Col. Travis said, “It ain’t braggin’ if

it’s true!”

Have a great day….  and watch those moving ropes!

Doc Yanoff




I hate to admit it, but today is my 39th birthday.  (I started counting when I was

twenty!)  Accordingly, I am offering 500 autographed copies of THE PRESLEY PLOT

to the first person who can correctly state the names of the other 3 famous and

talented Americans who were born today.  (No cheating!)  Naturally, you will be

obliged to purchase said books on (hopefully at the end of June)

BUT…..  the autographs are free!

Now for some fascinating news about…..  ELVIS PRESLEY!

When the King was found dead in his Graceland mansion in August, 1977,

he was first interred in a crypt in Memphis Cemetery (with his mother) but two

months later, both were reburied in Meditation Garden at Graceland.

So…..  Elvis Presley’s original crypt is now being auctioned off!  (No joke.)

The sale is being conducted by Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills, and the

bidding starts at…..  $100,000!

I hear they had to erect a fence around the crypt…..   people were dying to get in!

If you see me at the auction, don’t wave.  (They might think you’re bidding on the


Well, Elvis may have left the building, but the building is now for sale.

Good luck to all you bidders!


Doc Yanoff


P.S.   The answers to the quiz:  Patrick Henry, Bob Hope, JFK.