stories of travel in the United States

April 2024

A Murderer and His Mother’s Love


A MURDERER AND HIS MOTHER’S LOVE August 9, 1969… a crime that shocked the nation and to this day continues to draw the attention of the world happened in Los Angeles. Pregnant actress Sharon Tate and her companions Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Steven Parent, were brutally murdered in a home on Cielo Drive. This [...]

A Murderer and His Mother’s Love2024-06-06T02:47:35-07:00

June 2021

Crossing the Atlantic – a semi-fictional story


photo credit Crossing the Atlantic - A Semi-Fictional Story They left all they had, all they knew, to come to America for a better life. The stories of immigrants are as varied as the 51-plus-million who crossed the Atlantic in crowded, unsanitary conditions. For them, the American dream was their only hope, so they [...]

Crossing the Atlantic – a semi-fictional story2023-12-10T21:23:19-08:00

March 2020

Fifty Floors of Fear


FIFTY FLOORS OF FEAR     photo credit: Four Seasons New York   One step up a ladder makes my palms sweat. Imagine my near-heart-attack when I stepped onto a scaffolding on the side of the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City: Fifty Floors off the ground.   I was filming [...]

Fifty Floors of Fear2023-12-10T21:31:12-08:00

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 [...]

KDFM Walnut Creek, CA2023-12-10T21:38:35-08:00

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.

The Greatest ‘Oops’ on Earth2023-12-10T21:40:11-08:00

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 1800s or early [...]

Puppy Love Revisited2023-12-10T21:44:10-08:00

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 [...]

They Called Him Prince – three personal prince tales2023-12-10T22:33:35-08:00

March 2017

I Found My Hat!


I Found My Hat! by Marc Curtis ©2017 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 [...]

I Found My Hat!2023-12-10T22:38:47-08:00

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 shaped by [...]

Joshua Tree National Park California Desert2023-12-10T22:49:53-08:00

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 the depths [...]

United Vintners San Francisco2023-12-10T22:52:23-08:00
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