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These are some patterns that we use up on high elevation lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I put together some simple little soft hackle ties that work extraordinarily well for me and my guys. I generally use these  fly patterns in sizes #12 – #18 and vary the retrieve based on what the Trout are liking at any given time…I also used some other patterns that I have wanted to try out on this trip, in a lake. Those will be included in my next post . The largest fish I took, on this trip was 4lbs.(end of post). I won’t go into numbers, but I caught more fish in a day and a half of fishing than I have EVER caught on Little Virginia Lake…

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

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…and they all got tested out this weekend (Aug. 1-3)…

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BOX…done…

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PHEASANT TAIL & PARTRIDGE / PEACOCK HERL & PARTRIDGE…TMC 5262, #12-#18/Daiichi 1560, #12-#18…

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Materials PHEASANT TAIL & PARTRIDGE…

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PT’s & PARTRIDGE  Soft Hackle – Natural… 

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold or Copper, SM or xsm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Natural

Hackle: Partridge

These are one of the soft hackle patterns, including the one next to it, that have probably taken more Trout – world wide – than any other soft hackle patterns. I never have enough and #16 was what worked on this trip up to Bridgeport…

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Materials PEACOCK HERL & PARTRIDGE…

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PEACOCK HERL & PRATRIDGE(s) SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl, 4-2 fibers, twisted around thread for durability

RIB: *Optional. Gold, Copper or Red wire , SM or x-sm

Hackle: Partridge

These are a required soft hackle pattern for anyone’s boxes. They just plain work…EVERYWHERE..#12 was the ticket for this trip to Little Virginia…

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Michael and Aimee on Little Virginia Lake…she’s using a PT & Partridge…

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ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Hot Orange, SM

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Brown

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Strung Red, 4-2 fibers twisted around working thread for durability

This is another pattern that there was not enough time to use in it’s intended destination – Red Lake…I give this a shot next time…

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Materials ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL..

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ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL SOFT HACKLE(s)…

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PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0,Black

ABDOMEN: Midge Diamond Braid, Peacock

THORAX: Multihued Rainbow Brass Bead, Sized to hook

HACKLE: Partridge

I put this pattern together with Trumbull Lake, in the AM, specifically in mind…never got over there so the testing on this fly will have to wait…

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Materials PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE…

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Over the PEACOCK RAINBOWS…

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PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

This was the first pattern I tried out starting around 1:00PM on Friday afternoon…Yeah it worked, in #12 –  consistently.. .but I had more flies to test…

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Materials PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH…

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PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE(s)…

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Ally…early in the morning at RED LAKE…

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RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Orange

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Midge Diamond Braid, Rust

THORAX: Orange Iridescent Peacock – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

I took some nice (12″-16″) Rainbows on the fly early in the AM on Saturday morning then, the bite just turned off on these guys. I was using a hand twist retrieve with them…

 

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Materials RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE…

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RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE(s)….

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HARE’S ICE DUB (Hare’s Ear) DAZZLE BEAD & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15

THREAD: Tiemco or Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dub, Hare’s Ear

THORAX: Dazzle Bead Metallic Pheasant Tail, sized to hook

Hackle: Partridge

I took a few Rainbows on this pattern. It occurred to me…later,  that for lakes, using Peacock Hare’s Ice Dubbing might make a better choice…Oh well…

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Materials HARE’S ICE DUB (Hare’s Ear) DAZZLE BEAD & PARTRIDGE…

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A BATCH OF THE ABOVE…

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RED PEACOCK & HEN SH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Red

RIB: Ultra wire, Metallic Blue, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Peacock. Iridescent Red – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

I was really looking forward to trying these out after the sun had set behind the mountain and the lake goes calm with a mirror surface. Unfortunately, I had to have the boat back in by 7:00PM and it wasn’t going to happen on this trip..maybe later when it sets sooner…

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Not DARK enough…

 

 

 

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Materials RED PEACOCK & HEN…

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RED PEACOCK & HEN SOFT HACKLES…

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Ally… goofing off on Little Virginia Lake…

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YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold, Sm or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Yellow

THORAX: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quicksilver, SM or x-sm

Hackle: Bleached Ginger Starling

I used these in the morning, on the second day, fishing over the weed beds on Little Virginia…Oh Boy! I haven’t caught so many Brookies in years, along with a bunch of Rainbows. I was stripping them moderately fast with some added rod twitches…

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Materials YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE…

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YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE(s)…

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Little Virginia Lake…way up there…

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BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE – 

HOOK: Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11 -#17

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Peacock, Iridescent Brown,- Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

These guys took a number of Rainbows, stripped FAST, in 6″ bursts, in the late afternoons of both days…

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Materials BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

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BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

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OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 -#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: Ultra wire, Chartreuse, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant Tail fibers

HACKLE: Olive Partridge – Hareline

This pattern worked well for me on the trip, fished near and over weed beds and stripped at a moderate speed, on an intermediate line with a 12′ leader and tippet…

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Materials OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE…

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OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

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Pop and his rower…on Little Virginia Lake…

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BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE …

Add Contact FormHOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Silver, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Peacock, Iridescent Black – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

An alternative to the standard Peacock and Partridge, fish it in lakes with a hand twist retrieve or stripped. The Trout will let one know the speed at which they prefer the pattern stripped…

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Materials BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

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BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE(s)…

 

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Nah, they don’t work AT ALL…

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Ally at Trumbull Lake, with Michael, expressing her opinion on Dad’s Trout…

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 This one Ally took home…to eat…

 

NEXT: ME, ALLY & HERO – lakin’ it…

 

PT/TB   

 

 

 

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More photos that turned up in the batch in the storage unit…these were all negatives that have been processed through a scanner…Let’s see… I have NOT seen any of these in a very long time…just the photos, no comment needed…

TODAY…1.28.2012 – Jean and Ally…

PT/TB

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Thanks to Ally, I came across some photos of Nadia and I that were taken in September, 1976 at the Chilko Lake Lodge in British Columbia, Canada…Like and idiot, I only shot slides on this particular trip…never did that again…through the years, due to some careless storage on my part, they have deteriorated . Here they are…

The Chilko River, seen from the air…

The airstrip at Chilko Lake Lodge…get me on the GROUND!!!

My daughter Nadia reminded me that I took a four day trip to Chilko Lake, BC in the fall of 1976 with her and Ilse. That trip had eluded my memory for some reason – although I must admit that it was one of the best trips I have ever taken over a four day period.

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My friend, Fritz Wepper was friends with a group of young Germans who had decided to relocate their families to the interior of British Columbia. They had pooled their resources and purchased Chilko Lake Lodge sometime in the mid seventies. Fritz knew that I worked in the Public Relations profession and thought that it might be a good idea if we all hooked up. They contacted me and arranged for the three of us to fly to Vancouver, BC where one of the owners, who was a pilot, would fly down and pick us up (the lodge had it’s own airstrip).

Chilko Lake at sunset…

I had a client at the time who was taping a Canadian television show in Vancouver, so I stopped briefly by the set and returned to the airport where this fellow met us – in a single prop aircraft. I DON’T LIKE single engine aircraft. I have jumped out of most of the things the Army and Air Force use to drop parachutists – and other than a Huey, none of them had one engine. I white knuckled it all the way to Chilko Lake.

Flying around mountains I don’t like to fly around…

When we arrived we were met by a gaggle of Moms, Dads and offspring who warmly welcomed us. We had flown over many magnificent rivers, lakes and mountain ranges on our way to the lodge. They showed us to our quarters which was a grand room in the main lodge and we then settled down for a gourmet meal with many bottles of brew. I was introduced to an elderly gentleman who was born in Prussia who had fished for salmon and trout all over the world. He asked me if I would like to join him that afternoon down river in one of the lodge’s boats which was powered by a 50hp. Mercury engine. I put my gear together and stuffed streamers and bucktails into my vest. I decided to fish my Leonard with a sinking line.

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Docks at Chiko Lake…

One of the German owners of the Lodge in the boat Nadia and I used…

Chilko Lake, BC…seen from the air…

The Chilko River flows out of Chilko Lake. Below the Lodge, it is broad and swift. We anchored our craft behind a small island in the middle of the flow about a quarter mile down from the lodge. I attached a #6 Mickey Finn pattern to my 7 1/2′, 2x leader and began casting into the current, letting the fly swing below me before retrieving. The water was full of coho salmon, heading upriver and into the lake’s tributaries to spawn. My partner fished a big dark streamer on a 9′ Bamboo rod with a Hardy reel attached. As we fished, he related his wartime experiences to me – he had survived both the first and second World Wars. Soon, he was into a fine fish. I reeled in my line and reached for the landing net. Within a half hour, this older (more experienced) fellow caught and released five good fish – all but one were Dolly Vardens, the other was a plump and feisty Rainbow.

Nadia, getting ready for her adventure…

As the afternoon progressed, I learned some advanced aspects of streamer fishing from this aged angler. He showed me how to tie a Duncan Loop and how to use a half-hitch around the front of a streamer to change its draw through the water. Finally, at dusk, I started to score and took several nice Rainbows. The largest was 23″ and it came to my Mickey Finn. We returned to the Lodge at nightfall and enjoyed another sumptuous meal. Nadia fell asleep in my lap in front of a roaring fire.

The following morning, we decided to take advantage of the Lodge’s horses and went for an extended ride along the shore of the lake. We returned for lunch where my hosts invited me to go up once again in that damned plane to look for Dahl Sheep which they would, later in the fall -hunt. I somewhat hesitatingly loaded my carcass into the aircraft and spent the next two hours flying around lofty, snow capped peaks with the wing tips inches off the mountainside. I saw the sheep…get me outta’ here!!!

Nadia and POP, chillin’ by Chilko Lake…

That evening was better. I loaded Ilse and Nadia in the watercraft and headed toward the Chilko Lake outlet. I fished to the banks with both my Leonard and Winston,  small Adams and Royal Wulff patterns. A hunter’s moon hung in the sky. The trout, none of which was over 15″ went crazy. In the fading light, which lasts till 10 o’clock in these elevations, Nadia and I caught and released over 50 fish.

More Trout, just around the bend…

The next morning, Nadia and I loaded into the boat early. I took my 11′ fiberglass rod and rigged it with a sinking line to which I added, 6ft. of lead core line and a short 1x leader. I started with a black #2 dace pattern and slowly trolled up and down the river below the small island I had previously fished. Nothing…

I then put on a white muddler minnow #2 and trolled it at a bit faster pace. Suddenly, Nadia ( who was 4 ) jumped out of her seat, screamed and pointed at the rod tip which was bent to the water. I slowed the boat and heaved back on the rod. I thought I had snagged the bottom. On my second pull, a huge form blasted out of the water behind the boat, dropped to the river, sending spray everywhere. Now I got a problem. I put Nadia at the wheel and asked her to hold the front of the boat into the current. That explanation wasn’t understood. The fish is on and I’m envisioning us being swept down current to the next territory. After more that a few terrifying moments I finally got the fish to the stern of the boat and netted it. It was a grand 9lb. Rainbow that had inhaled the fly. This one I kept. I dropped it into the boat, grabbed my pliers and removed the hook. I put the fish into a stowaway compartment on the side of the boat and told Nadia to sit on it. The fish heaved and slammed the top of the compartment until Nadia jumped up and scrambled up to the bow of the boat . “Dad”, she screamed, ” smack that fish on the head and KILL HIM!”. I looked at this blond, flowing mass of hair coming out of an orange life jacket ,with snot and tears running down her face and said, ” OK”. I reached into the box and whacked the fish in the head . It stopped struggling. Nadia wouldn’t step towards the stern of the boat for the remainder of the day.

THE FISH…

THE DAUGHTER

We left the next day…in that same plane. Nadia hasn’t fished with me, in a boat, since…

PT/TB

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I think I take too many photographs..Naw…

BONJOURCHEESE’S BLOG Link is to ‘yer left…that’s our son Michael and his amor – Aimee’s current Euro trip…

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Michael in Paris…

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Michael and Aimee…

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Michael, eating breakfast and getting ready to send Dad an email….

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Well, it IS Colorado...

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Yeah,yeah…

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Twilight, off the Roaring Fork


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FF Babe, peeling waders…#1

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FF Babe, peeling waders…#2

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What a smile…

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Not the only one who does…Er, let me make that who did

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Nice Jeep!!!…

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Another “LOOK”…

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Castles section, Frying Pan River…

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Pink on The Frying Pan- 1978…

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Tired, after a day on The Fork…

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Even with her tongue out…she looks good!!!- 1978…

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Who cares about the fish? – 1978…

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Above the Roaring Fork – 1978…

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Aren’t those mountains in the background BEAUTIFUL ? – 1978

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Look at the JEEP and don’t think of Blue Bears

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Frying Pan River – 1978…

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Pensive – 1981

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Frying Pan below Reudi Res. …

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All wet – 1981…

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Fidget with the hands…

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Hot Jeep….

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Even walking away…

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Through the windows on the JEEP…

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A cool one on a hot day…1981…

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Thoughtful…1981…

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PT on The Fork…

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This is what I caught – A nymph!!!

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Jean and her sister Cindy – 1981…

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PT, Frying Pan River, CO, 1978…

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Ready for fly fishing…

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I picked up this “HOTTIE” in a parking lot at the base of Mt. Ajax…

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Sister Act…Rocky Mtn. style…

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Casting on The Roaring Fork…

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Glasses that would fit in today…1981…

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One more by the Urban Assualt Vehicle…

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Re -riggin’ on The Fork…

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Casting into a quiet pool…

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Lookin’ up the Frying Pan…

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Pretty girl sweeping hair back…a lot of really, pretty girls do this…(and, shake their heads at the same time)…

My FAVORITE photo of Jean Marie, Aspen, 1978…


BEFORE THERE WAS GRACE PARK…

 


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…and Ally, Nadia and Michael…a mixed bag before and after…

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A throwback…

JMH MT TAM -1-Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, 1978…

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New Orleans…1978

JMH ABOVE RF CO -1-Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen, CO…1978…

In Aspen highlands…1981…

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Somewhere on an island…

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Jeepin’ it on the Frying Pan River, CO…

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A special place in the Southern Sierras…

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On a boulder in the Roaring Fork River, CO…

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL…

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In Hawaii…

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On a boat, with a friend, in Mexico, just before I met her…

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More boat…

JMH NO STREET BUS -1-New Orleans, September, 1978…and a visit to:

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After sharing THAT…

JMH NO AFTER PO -1-BLITZED…

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Cooking Pheasants for Thanksgiving…

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Jean, on the beach in Malibu , BBQ Chicken…ummmm – goooood, 1981…

Wading the Frying Pan…1981…

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Ally at 1 ( 1990), hamming it up…

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Jean and Nadia in Bridgeport a long time ago… 1980

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Jeep BABE…Frying Pan River, CO…

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Defiant Asian chick…1978..Owens Valley…

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Michael, Ca/NV border, East Walker River, 1990…

JMH on the Roaring Fork…1978…

Graduation GIRL – U.C.L.A. – 1981…

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More Graduation Day…

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Cover shot…

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Tossed hair look…

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Making Nadia laugh at the Faire…

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Tim And Jean, 1983, Michael very much on the way…

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Jean and Michael on the beach, Santa Barbara, 1988 – (the day I found out Ally was coming)

Same day at the beach…

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Skiing in Mammoth…

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Ally and Michael at Xmas…

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Here’s ALLY!…

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Jean and Kasmir, our first cat…

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Ally, About 1 year old….1990

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“Here, wear this!!!”….1984, Michael

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Ally & Jean Marie…

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All of US…

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With Michael at Griffith Park…

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MOO and Mom at the edge…

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Another cover shot…

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A smaller Michael at Monache Meadows on the South Fork of the Kern River…

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At the crib in Mammoth Mountain…

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Michael and Angelo, freezing on the Owens River, 2003…

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Jean, Ally & Auntie Morgana…

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Jean being ridiculous about FOOD, Malibu Beach, 1981…

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Ally and Jean at Grandma’s house…

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Michael and Ally in the rocks, Hogback Creek, 1999…

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Spinnin’ Ally…

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Taken by the friend who introduced us, at her office on Sunset…1978…

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Lake Tahoe, July 5, 1981…

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Jean and Ally at about 2….1991

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Jean’s favorite photo of Michael – 1989…

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Birthday Bunch…

JMH HOME XMAS -1-XMAS..at home…

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Looking at an old ARK II episode, December, 1987…

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Jean’s “MOMMY LOOK” for a composite, before she had Michael and Ally, 1982…

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Michael, Oggie and Ally…

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Beachy- Malibu, 1981…

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Michael, Fly Rod MASTER, South Fork of the Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Mom of MOO…on a river…

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Of course Jean was a CHEERLEADER…’73-’74…

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Malibu….

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Nadia and Jean, Bridgeport,CA 1980…

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Jean, commercial shoot, 1984…

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More Malibu…

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Jean, Michael and “Pinky” – Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery about 1984…

JMH LP CREEK STAN -1-Lone Pine Creek…

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Michael. Hot Creek, 1987…

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Ally and her “BUDDY”, Angelo. 2002

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Beach dining – Malibu , 1981…

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Ally, North Lake, Bishop, 1999…Ally is using a Fly and Bubble Rig…

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Michael and Jean, 1984…

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A hint of skepticism, perhaps???….

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Michael comes home, September 1983…

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Jean, Chinatown Queen, 1977…

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Stylin’ in Aspen…

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Ally, swings Angelo, Owens Valley, 2002…

JMH THROUGH JEEP ASP -1-Through the JEEP, Aspen, CO…

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Michael and Dad, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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With friends at Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean…Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean, cooking at home ( not rice – again!!!)….

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Ally comes home – Michael pleased – 1989…

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With Ally…

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Michael, shooting with his Nikon, Deep Springs Valley, 2002…

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Ally at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, 1995…

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Michael’s first bath, 1983,,,

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Ally, being a HAM, 1990….

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Michael, chillin’ at the campsite, Monache Meadows, 1987…

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Just a nice head shot…

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Ally and Dad, 1990…

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Jean and Michael at the campsite, Fall, 1987…

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Nadia, attempting to play the piano, 1987…

JMH SANTA BAR -2-Santa Barbara, CA…Ally in the oven…1988…

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Michael and Ally – Who’s Driving??? – 1990…

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Michael and Dad in the Owens Valley, 1986…

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Jean, AUDITIONING for “The Price Is Right”, Xmas, 1988…

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Ally and Angelo, scattering Grandpa’s ashes, Owens Valley, 2000…

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Michael, Jean and Tim, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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Same boat,1977…

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Bedtime story, Chimney Peak, 1986…

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Michael with Golden Trout, South Fork of The Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Jean, at about the time I got out of the service 1970-71…

With Michael and Ally in Santa Barbara, CA…

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Jean, San Francisco, 1988…

MICHAEL WEST WALKER -1-Michael, West Walker River, 2003…

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Studying…

Santa Barbara, CA…1994…

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With Ally at Michael’s wedding…

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JMH ALLY LIL MOO 2 -2-Jean Marie and Ally on the occasion of  our Grandson Miles’ two year Birthday…January 26, 2013…

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Flowers in the Campfire Light – East Fork of the Carson River, 1987…

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Here are some more photos of Jean on our trip to New Orleans with one of my clients – Isaac Hayes…

Jean Marie doing Hawaii 5-0

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Jean in New Orleans…

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In the French Quarter…

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Posing next to…

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Jean giving the photographer a piece of her mind…

 

Just looking good…

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“Let me adjust my glasses!!!”…

 

“Take me home….”

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Humid, sultry look…

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After a Hurricane (a drink)…at Pat O’Briens

 

“Your place or mine?”…

 

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Before their was The Owens Valley, there was a quonset hut near avenue “D” (Hwy. 138) and 210th Street in the Antelope Valley, Garlock, Randsburg and Red Mountain near Mojave, CA. These were places where we went to go target shooting, hiking and exploring. In January, 1979 Jean and I had moved into a townhouse in the San Fernando Valley near Van Nuys High School. We made several trips up to the Owens Valley in the Fall of 1978.

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The Owens Valley, looking towards The White Mountains…

We looked for arrowheads behind Independence, CA and in the foothills of the lava fields just East of Tinemaha Resovoir, near Big Pine, CA. On our first trip to Aspen, in September, 1978, we passed through Bishop – it was one of the prettiest days that I remember…she also ran her fingers through my hair…Hmmmmm…

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These were taken on a hot day in the Fall of 1978…

Later that Fall, in November, I took Jean and and actress/agent friend of mine and her boy friend hunting for pheasants along the Owens River bottom South of Lone Pine. In those days, the California Department of Fish and Game would plant birds along the River. They did not naturally reproduce there. On our way up to Lone Pine, we stopped at The Homestead Cafe, one of my favorite places to dine on Hwy. 395. It was located where Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 395 join. For many years afterwards, Ally, Michael and myself made a point of stopping there when we visited the High Sierras. The had a steak platter called “The Big Verge” that was a 2lb., 2 inch thick Sirloin that the three of us could not finish off. It is now shuttered and up for sale – lot of memories there!!!

Homestead Cafe , Indian Wells Valley…

The Homestead today…(4.14.2011)

Our daughter, Ally…drives her Dad past the memories…33 years later..(4.14.2011)

On that pheasant hunting trip, we – I mean I – took many birds. I had bought Jean a 20 gage Browning BPS especially for this trip. It was cold and frosty when we arrived at the Owens. I carried a 12 gage Brown BSS and my friends both had high end Italian 12 gage, over and under shotguns. I had no sooner traveled twenty five yards from the vehicle when I jumped the first hen. It was a day like that, I could do no wrong and there were pheasants EVERYWHERE. As Jean was walking, a bird explode from a sage bush right at her feet. I hollered, ” shoot!” and Jean nearly dropped her shotgun…I took the bird out at 30 yards as it made for a Cottonwood stand across the river… with the modified barrel…The other guys were not doing so well either…

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Browning BSS, 12 gauge

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East and North of Manzanar on the way to Shepherd’s Creek, Ally wants a pair of those FRYE Boots…

In fact, Jean kinda’ had a look on her face like the one in the picture above -not pleased!!! The fun part began when we returned to the Mt. Whitney Motel and had to pluck the feathers off the fowl and clean them. I knew how to do this. For Jean and the others it was like, “Where are the porters and gun bearers, don’t THEY do this!!!”The birds were cleaned, frozen and brought back to LA on dry ice. My Mother, back in Carrollton, GA, used to admonish me that if I killed a game animal – I had to eat it (Coot does not taste too good). This has been passed on to my kids…

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Lost somewhere…

Those pheasants were cooked up at Jean’s parent’s house on Thanksgiving day, 1978 in Monterey Park. (and for those of you who wonder- Jean’s Mom is from Burma and her Dad is from Shanghai, China, both are Chinese, and yes, they had an arranged marriage …)

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Cooking the birds…Thanksgiving, 1978…

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Eating the birds, Thanksgiving, 1978…

In December, 1978, Jean and I went hunting in Lone Pine where she shot and killed her first and last Jackrabbit. The hunting license that we spent two days acquiring through a Hunter Safety class, was never used again. She pegged that “bunny” with a Colt .22 HB Officer’s Model Match that had belonged to my Mom…

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Colt .22 HB, Officer’s Model Match…

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Lone Pine Creek, in a hard to get to place…

For Christmas, Jean bought me a Ruger , 6″, single action .38/.357. I put custom, finger groove ,Walnut stocks on that puppy and had Alphonso’s of North Hollywood fashion a custom leather rig for it…( he leathered Nudie’s Metal). I have never parted with that handgun…

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Ruger SA, 6″, .38/.357…





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At Shepherd’s Creek…

I had set up a loading bench in the spare room below our garage at the townhouse and spent a lot of Saturday’s cooking up special loads for my Varmint rifles. In particular, I worked on high velocity, flat loads for a 6mm. Parker Hale that I used for sitting up on hay bales, on a hot spring day, out in the Antelope Valley busting ground squirrels out to 800 meters. That whole area is now a subdivision and it is something one can no longer do – out there…

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Along Lone Pine Creek…

This same place was where we used to Dove hunt in the Fall and later on hunt Ducks and Quail . It was about a 45 minute drive from where we lived in LA. Jean would generally accompany me, but did not hunt…

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More LP Creek…

On those weekends that we were in town, we could usually be found at this INSANE place in Malibu, on Friday or Saturday nights, called The Crazy Horse Saloon, built in the 1920’s and once owned by Neil Young. It was located across from the Malibu Pier and was loaded with revelers. From the San Fernando Valley, we would drive on the 101 Freeway to Malibu Canyon Road. We would get there around nine and close the joint . Between the Jack Daniels and trips to the restrooms (Peruvian Marching Powder), the dancing (yes, they overplayed that D–O music that our kids laugh at today – think Chic, Taste of Honey – repped. those girls) …the drive back home would get REAL interesting. Most of our clothes went flying into the back seat and it was even more difficult to focus on the road. The truckers on the 101 must have had a field day at 2 AM…We did at 3 am

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The Crazy Horse Saloon replaced the above Cafe in the late 70’s…

The Bar…

What it is now called and how it looks these days…

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Love the pout…

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Again…

On one of those trips over the hill, there was an incident that happened between Jean and myself that should have raised a BIG RED FLAG in my head. But, in those days… I would not/could not recognize a red flag if it was waved in my face or beat on the head with it … ( more on this when I recover…) both of us were then, stumbling toward the 80’s…

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Lone Pine Creek…

Jean was still working as an actress and I was piling up musicians, actors, actresses and corporate accounts as a Sunset Strip publicist. Those were heady days, much clubbing, concerts and parties. Jean even worked as an intern at my office while she was going to UCLA.

One of my best bud’s (and client) was “Willy”, Wilhelmina. Going to her offices here in LA and in New York was like visiting a candy store for beautiful (vacuous) people… She is someone I will always remember…she was a cut above anyone I have ever worked with... a good friend and a true LADY…

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Jean – Moving…

This was an exceptionally exciting time. And, don’t let me forget to mention, that I went through all of it…with a drink in my hand…and a straw in my pocket…

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Jean blinking…

My job, in a nutshell – in those days – was to take one – dimensional people and companies and make them interesting. So, that (YOU) the public, would buy their records, go to their concerts, watch their television shows, see their movies or buy their products. Yikes…I like going Fly Fishing with my kids and Tying Flies a lot better…

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