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Straight from my mind to your screen—here’s a collection of my thoughts, from the heartfelt to the odd, and everything in between.



30 Years Ago.

  On October 7, 1982, I walked into Ed Ney’s office, and told him I quit after 15 fabulous years at Y&R. He asked me why. I told him I wanted to get rich quick. It was the 80’s and every Tom, Dick and Harry was launching an IPO. I had met this Wall... Learn More

DATE: Jun.20.2013 | CATEGORY: My Life | COMMENTS:

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100,000 books, Brighton Beach, Nika, Sergei, Tatania’s Borsch, 1,000,000 Russians and Me

Thanks to the amazing life of Russian teenage fighter ace, Lilia Litvyak, I’ve been invited to speak in a lot of interesting places from the United Nations to the Russian Cultural Centre and Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C. to the Aviara Book Club in Southern California. So it’s only logical, we should launch... Learn More

DATE: Jun.14.2013 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

Call Sign, White Lily Re-Issued With Enhanced Content

I'm proud to announce the release of a new edition of Call Sign, White Lily—the heroic story of the world’s first female ace—Russian pilot Lilia Litvyak—on the 70th anniversary of her death. This new edition and a related website includes enhanced content and bonus material that offers new photos, videos and information on... Learn More

DATE: Jun.12.2013 | CATEGORY: My Books | COMMENTS:

50 Years In The Blink Of An Eye

To go back to Iona College, the little commuter college in the New York suburbs, where I first discovered I could learned to write was a kick! To be asked to return to talk about my roller-coaster life was an even bigger kick!! To hear my classmates, most of whom I hadn’t seen in... Learn More

DATE: Jun.12.2013 | CATEGORY: My Life | COMMENTS:

Lilia Litvyak meets her childhood heroes, Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Lilia Litvyak, the heroine of my book, Call Sign, White Lily, became fascinated with the idea of flying at the age of 12. A rather bold thought for a young Russian girl living in a male dominated society during the 1930’s. But, for those of you that have read the book, you... Learn More

One Hell of a Week at the United Nations!

Speaking before the United Nations Book Club about my efforts to do something that has never been done before by an American Author was a pretty cool experience. Naturally, since Call Sign, White Lily is about an amazing Russian female fighter pilot lost in time for 60 years, I thought the UN... Learn More

That Time of Year Again – June 12th, Federation Day in Russia

June 12th is Federation Day in Russia. Big holiday. It’s like our Fourth of July. It is the birth date of the post-Soviet era Russian Federation. For the second year in a row, we have been invited to the big celebration at the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. Always a grand affair... Learn More

Not Exactly Walter Winchell, but …..

For those young people looking at this blog, Walter Winchell was a reporter know for short news scoops that appeared in newspapers during the 20th Century. Newspapers were those things people carried around and read before the Internet. The 20th Century was that bygone era before the invention of the tweet and... Learn More

Everything you wanted to know about Communism (in 60 seconds!)

Recently on my second trip to Russia, I was assisted in Moscow by the articulate guide, Sergei. Here are the two of us on the Metro discussing what ails the world. (Sergei is to the left, I’m the guy with the San Francisco 49ers hat). Not long after a fellow passenger snapped the... Learn More

DATE: Jun.11.2012 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

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Beautiful Embassy, Wonderful Food, Great People

Since the remains of the world’s most successful female fighter pilot, Moscovite Lilia Litvyak, were lost  in the Eastern Ukraine for over 40 years, it was only fitting that I should come to speak at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C. For those of you that have read my book, Call Sign, White... Learn More

DATE: May.22.2012 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

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