stories of travel in the United States

July 2019

KDFM Walnut Creek, CA

KDFM Walnut Creek California As a teenager I had a transistor radio glued to my ear. I passionately wanted to be an announcer on a radio station. It wasn’t easy to break into the broadcasting business in 1968, but when you want something bad enough, you find a way. My friend Bill Weil knew my [...]

June 2019

The Greatest ‘Oops’ on Earth

The frantic clown streamed out of the Ringling Brothers - Barnum and Bailey big top at Baraboo, Wisconsin. His over-sized shoes flip-flopped across the pavement as he ran toward us screaming “Dr. Bob! Dr. Bob!!” We thought something had happened inside the tent and a doctor was urgently needed.

February 2019

Puppy Love Revisited

Puppy Love Revisited (names were changed to protect the guilty) I was 11, she was much older, at 12. Nicole, her younger brother, Randy, my sister, and dumb, fat Victor would walk up the block to the old, abandoned cemetery and read the headstones. Most were from the 1800’s or early 1900’s. Weeds were growing [...]

August 2017

They Called Him Prince – three personal prince tales

They Called Him "Prince" Three Personal Prince Tales The First Tale I was 14 in the summer of 1965. My parents had joined the little theater group “Pleasant Hill Playmakers.” To my dismay, the troupe decided that a summer production of ‘Snow White’ would be the perfect way to give hordes of out-of-school adolescents [...]

March 2017

I Found My Hat!

I Found My Hat! by Marc Curtis ©2017 MarcCurtis.com all rights reserved. Sometimes we hold on to an item because it embraces a special remembrance. Welcome to Small Town, America Ord, Nebraska Population 2200 1.66 square miles Not exactly a tourist mecca, Ord is located in the center of the state. In 1985 it [...]

August 2016

Joshua Tree National Park California Desert

Joshua Tree National Park Desert Flower Cactus Century Plant Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. It can seem unwelcoming, even brutal during the heat of summer when, in fact, it is delicate and extremely fragile. This is a land [...]

July 2016

United Vintners San Francisco

United Vintners of San Francisco Inglenook Vintages Italian Swiss Colony Heublein Cocktails Why write about a troubled, defunct company?  The history of wine in the USA is part of the history of me, Marc Curtis.  United Vintners of San Francisco has its roots in [...]

PBS Documentary Films

PBS Documentary Films Robert Drew LA Champions Shootout on Imperial Hwy In 1984 I received a call from documentary producer, Robert Drew.  I shot several award winning PBS Documentary Films for the Frontline series with him, including: || Warnings From Gangland (1984-85) A Los Angeles [...]

Hawaii Loves Barbie Dolls Museum

Hawaii Loves Barbie Dolls Museum Hawaii Loves Barbie Dolls Museum Barbie and Elvis Barbie Boat Yes, it really exists! Who would ever think about going to Hawaii to see Barbie? Well...thousands of people every year do! Nestled in the center of Kailua, Oahu, you can [...]

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway Home Ernest Hemingway Living Room Ernest Hemingway Stamp Two days in Ketchum, Idaho with Jack and Angela Hemingway was one of those "pinch me, I must be dreaming" adventures. We were there to interview Jack for the upcoming release of the [...]

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