Meets: 100 Fictitious Celebrity Encounters and Meets II: 100 More Fictitious Celebrity Encounters
These two collection of speculative fiction each depict one hundred fictitious encounters between notables spanning six generations between 1865 and 2015. In each book, seventy of the stories involve two or more real people engaged in an imaginary meeting and thirty of these tales involve at least one fictitious character. Each mini-chapter features a “surprise” celebrity the reader is challenged to identify. Among the familiar faces in these vignettes are Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert E. Lee, Nelly Bly, Santa Anna, Thomas Nast, Bret Maverick, Sid Caesar, Mathew Brady, P.T. Barnum, Emmeline Pankhurst, Dan Gable, William McKinley, Phil Ochs, Diane von Furstenberg, Enrico Caruso, Benjamin Spock, Edward Hopper, Ted Williams, Robert Ripley, Amelia Earhart, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ty Cobb, Annie Oakley, Muhammad Ali, the “Shark Tank” cast, and Florence Nightingale. Hopefully, after experiencing these stories, the reader will not only think, “This could have happened,” but “This should have happened.”
101 Forgotten Gems: Overlooked Character-Driven Films from Hollywood’s Golden Era
This collection of previously published “Forgotten Gems” columns from Fifty Plus and Movie Collector’s World features critiques of movies that for a variety of reasons have been overshadowed and/or overlooked. These films showcase memorable individuals such as the fugitive bank robber, Ross McEwen (Joel McCrea), in the western, Four Faces West (1948); the deranged Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney), in the film noir melodrama, Leave Her to Heaven (1945); the lonely war widow, Connie Ennis (Janet Leigh), in Holiday Affair (1949); the likeable rogue, fur trader Pierre Radisson (Paul Muni), in Hudson’s Bay (1940); and the ditzy telephone operator, Janie (Ginger Rogers), in Tom, Dick and Harry (1941). Some of these people are heroes; some are villains. All of these people engage you, stay with you, and haunt you.
These 101 motion pictures may contain ingenious plots, exotic backgrounds, and imaginative acting, direction, photography, and musical scores, but each of their cores revolve around their protagonists and the conflicts and obstacles they encounter.