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Joel Brokaw
Joel Brokaw makes his living as a ghost-writer of books. His first effort published in 2006 was a #1 New York Times bestseller. An L.A. native and fourth generation of his family to work in show business, he now resides on a ranch the foothills of the Sierras in Central California with two dogs, two cats and two pet cows a few miles from the giant trees of Sequoia National Park.

Entries by Joel Brokaw

Las Vegas Reunites Rat Pack with Sammy Davis, Jr. Street Naming

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 2:30 PM

For both his children and millions of his fans, the dedication of Sammy Davis Jr. Drive in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 is a fitting commemoration of the legacy of the legendary entertainer and a living reminder of the lasting contributions he made to the city he loved....

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The Tao of Gordon Lightfoot: Still Going Strong at 75 (and For Good Reason)

(28) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:22 AM

At age 75, the legendary songwriter and beloved recording artist Gordon Lightfoot is still working hard and enjoying it more than ever. The creator of such standards as If You Could Read My Mind, Early Morning Rain, Carefree Highway and Sundown still performs upwards of eighty concerts a year in...

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Mother's Day Turns 100: A Celebration Sparked by a Penny Postcard

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:06 AM

The first national observance of Mother's Day in America took place exactly one hundred years ago. Contrary to what one might think, it was not the brainchild of florists or greeting card marketers. Instead, much of the credit goes to Frank Hering, who made the first public appeal for a...

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Dueling Emails Turn Into Thriller "Gem"

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 4:01 PM

The City of Dark Magic (Penguin Books, November 27, 2012) by Magnus Flyte is one of those rare cases when the behind-the-scenes story behind a great novel is almost as intriguing as what is found on its pages. Called "an exuberant, surprising gem" by Kirkus Reviews, Flyte's comical,...

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TV Worth Watching: Link TV Expands Your World View One Program at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Over the span of the last dozen years, several million American households with satellite television have tuned in each week to Link TV, an eye-opening and mind-expanding channel dedicated to letting the cultures of the world tell their own stories. Filling a void by bringing to light societal issues rarely...

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Beyond the Science of Older New Dads and Baby's Longevity

(13) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 3:54 PM

There is an extra Father's Day gift for us older new dads. It seems that scientists have discovered how our offspring may enjoy a longer life the older the birth father happens to be. According to the study, the responsible factor resides in the genetic structure of sperm;...

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Spring Cleaning for a Speedier Economic Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 11:21 AM

With the U.S. economy beginning to rebound, it is high time for businesses both big and small to get proactive and clean house of wasteful and counterproductive practices. Nancy Slomowitz, business consultant and author of the new book Work Zone Madness: Surviving and Rising Above Workplace Dysfunction, urges companies to...

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Regis Philbin: An Homage

(11) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 4:51 PM

On April 17, 1967, I made my first and last appearance on national network television on the premiere of The Joey Bishop Show. It also marked the first time that most Americans heard the name Regis Philbin (he was Joey's sidekick). This late night talk show on ABC was created...

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At Mary Hart's Final Show on Entertainment Tonight

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2011 | 5:16 PM

On Thursday, May 19, 2011, there was a party on the set of Entertainment Tonight on the CBS lot in Studio City to say farewell to its host of twenty-nine years, Mary Hart. "I've never seen anything like this," said one of the crew members, a sound engineer, as he...

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Meditation: The New Corporate Benefit that Pays Huge Dividends

(7) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 6:00 PM

Several years ago, Nancy Slomowitz was so fed up that she wanted to walk away from the highly successful and profitable corporation she had built. Her enterprise, Executive Management Associates, has helped redesign the operations of major governmental agencies to eliminate wasteful practices, work more efficiently, and run more profitably....

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Monkeys of India: Look but Please Don't Touch

(9) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 7:40 AM


There's a grainy photo I have on my desk that I hurriedly took of two monkeys I encountered in India about a decade ago. It is not a beautiful photograph--no risk that it will be published in National Geographic. Nor were these...

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Dorothy Height and the Concept of Enlightened Self-Interest

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 6:00 PM

There has been much written about the remarkable contributions of Dorothy Height since her passing on Tuesday. Many have remarked that she was not widely known by the public, how she worked quietly behind the scenes and as a matter of principle did not force her way into photo-ops with...

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Stemming the Mindlessness Epidemic

(9) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 8:21 AM

A nutritionist told me the other day that the biggest problem for the millions of overweight Americans was not the "bad" food they were eating. It wasn't the cookies, chips, ice cream and junk food's fault, she said. Rather, the culprit as she explained it was our unconscious behavior and...

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Curcumin: Spicy Painkiller Finally Delivers on Promise

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 5:43 PM

The newest flavor-of-the-month in the nutritional supplement world is curcumin, aka turmeric, that yellow powdery herb used in India for centuries to give savory curry dishes their golden color. Proponents cite exciting research about this powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. They claim curcumin in its optimized form is a healthier...

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Vitamins & Exercise: Media Throws Baby Out With Bathwater

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2009 | 11:33 AM

The media was quick to jump on research findings released earlier this month how antioxidant vitamins prevented "health-promoting effects of physical exercise in humans." According to the report, the vitamin C and E supplements tested appeared to nullify the spike in oxidation after exercise that improves insulin sensitivity and may...

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Bill Cosby's "Bar Mitzvah" in Cleveland

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2009 | 2:40 PM

I didn't need to go to Cleveland, Bill Cosby told me on the phone. He was going there to speak at a conference for parents put on by the local school district to deal with the high school dropout crisis. As I have done over the past several years, I...

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A Global Warming Solution Rises from the Junk Heap?

(16) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 4:43 PM

There's a little ray of hope on the global warming front, thanks to the unlikely rediscovery of a forgotten engine, a rusty artifact dating back to the earliest days of the industrial revolution.

In desert regions around the world, large parabolic shaped mirrors are beginning to crop up that may...

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A Cowboy's Simple Wisdom for Hard Times

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 1:06 PM

On the morning of March 24, a few hours before President Obama was asked by a reporter at a press conference what sacrifices he expected the American people to make, I got a better answer to that question from an unexpected source. It gave me faith in the President's optimism...

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