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 Actor Bruce Lester appeared in 60 films in his career and also was a studio story analyst.  Athletic and handsome, he lent his special charm to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE LETTER, FLESH AND FANTASY, GOLDEN EARRINGS,  BOY MEETS GIRL, TARZAN'S PERIL and many more films in the U. S. and Britain, although he was born and raised in South Africa!  Read about him in the August IMAGINEMAG! 





White storks are a symbol for advertisements, baby books, and other baby products.  My article in the July IMAGINEMAG! is on white storks is about the epic migration journeys they make across deserts to Europe and the Middle East each year to nest, and the small number of storks that remain behind in South Africa instead!


With assistance from one of his sons, David Tors, a feature article on the life and career of film and TV producer Ivan Tors is now in the July 2018 issue of CLASSIC IMAGES!  He lived a unique life and created enduring works like Gentle Ben, Around the World Under the Sea, GOG, Rhino!, Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, The Glass Wall and many, many more.



Ian Hunter may not be a famous actor, but this Cape Town born performer made his mark in the movies from the silent era and Hitchcock's dramas through Golden Age Hollywood (The Adventures of Robin Hood and more) and through the 1950s and British TV.  Read about this dashing romantic star in the June IMAGINEMAG!





Another news item by me was published in GEOLOGY TODAY (Great Britain's Wiley-Blackwell Press)!  The unusual glacial pavement at private property in Nieuwoudtville, South Africa has an angle of repose even with the ground surface.  Considering that 300 million years have passed since that long ago ice age and many forces could have changed the tilt of the strata or obliterated it completely, makes this a real geologic wonder.



Who knew that bullfrogs were good parents?  Male Giant African Bullfrogs are terrific parents that will fight off predators and even excavate a channel to connect two bodies of water to save their tadpoles as well as other parents' tadpoles during droughts!  Be amazed by this story in the May IMAGINEMAG!



Those of us here in America who saw Miriam Makeba on the Ed Sullivan Show or bought her albums, including those she recorded with Harry Belafonte, recall how she was an unofficial ambassador from her homeland of South Africa.  But she was much more.. Read about this actress, activist and composer in the April IMAGINEMAG!








I'm not a foodie but I can cook, and I was honored to have a few recipes included in SIT STAY EAT, a cookbook to help support the fine work of the Friends of the Norfolk Animal Care Center.  Scrumptious meal ideas from celebrity chefs and others, including fellow environmental scientists Katy Damico, Kathy Perdue, Pam Painter and Scharlene Floyd are included  Get your copy!




264 published credits took me a long time to amass... if you support magazines, book publishers and online publishers maybe I can soon reach 300! 


The great folks who organize Monster Bash awarded me a "Forry" during their Awards Ceremony July 9, 2016. It is awarded to those who have made contributions to classic horror film fandom and journalism.  Behind his back he holds a copy of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE!








 My 2015 Rondo Honorable Mention for an article about Forrest J Ackerman In CLASSIC IMAGES was my second:  "Forry: the Life of Forrest J Ackerman" received Honorable Mention in the Rondo Awards for "Best Book" in the year 2010!




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Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman can be bought at


 The Thunder Child likes the book; see the below at his blog!

The good folks at FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND posted a very positive review on their web site, linked below,

The San Francisco Chronicle mentioned the Forry biography in a story about the Grace Cathedral's New Years Eve screening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s-eve-at-grace-cathedral/ 2009 this book was nominated for the 12th Annual Literary Award sponsored by the Library of Virginia.