On Oct. 6, 2008, friends and fans of Carole Lombard gathered at her birth house in Fort Wayne, Ind., to celebrate her centenary. Today, I celebrated a milestone of my own...my 65th birthday.
While I'm not having a party, I've received best wishes from hundreds of people -- friends from my youth in Syracuse; high school and college classmates from both Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md., and the University of Maryland in College Park; journalistic cohorts from decades at newspapers in Virginia and New Jersey; and now people I've met through the latest version of myself, a film historian and screenwriter, a career which began about the time I moved to Los Angeles in mid-2014.
You're currently reading the site I've now run for more than one-fifth of my life, a site that's given me countless joy and pleasure as I continue to learn more about a lady who's become my inspiration, someone who may have left us nearly eight decades ago but still has much to say to us. Carole Lombard loved the film industry, and probably would have found a way to have worked in some capacity had she not been a movie star.
While I'm no actor, I think I have the skills to create screenplays, especially in my favored genre, the romantic comedy. Inspired by old-school writers such as Robert Riskin, Norman Krasna and Ben Hecht, not to mention their modern-day equivalents Nora Ephron and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, I've completed two to date, which I soon hope to sell, and am working on a third:
I'm fortunate to know so many wonderful people as I continue to enjoy life in Los Angeles -- a place I never imagined I'd be 40 years ago. But it's been a blessing, as I have solid health care during this coronavirus crisis (please wear your mask when outside!), am now set up for Medicare, and look forward to spending the rest of my life here...and I hope it's with someone who'll make me feel less lonely from a romantic perspective.
Yes, I may now be 65, but I promise to keep my youthful attitude, not the easiest vow to keep when you've been faced with numerous challenges. But I have friends, many of them, and while I may not have much in the way of money, I'm blessed with plenty of people who truly care about me. I hope for several notable successes before I close my run (which I hope won't be for a long, long time).
Thank you. I love you all.