Read four essays for one low price in this first omnibus edition."The Cabbage Patch Doll Fight: A Christmas Shopping Tale" - Have you ever wondered how far a grandmother would go to get the hottest Christmas toy for her baby granddaughter? I never did until I witnessed how desperate my mother was to get a Cabbage Patch doll in the early 1980's. A violent incident that changed my childhood forever."Death At A Hell's Angels' Funeral: Driving Past The Memories" - With hundreds of police officers lining the street across from the cemetery on one side, and 3,000 Hell's Angels attending a funeral and a shooting at the same service inside the cemetery, the resulting traffic jam between the two sides made for an interesting Saturday afternoon on 10/15/2011."Experiencing The Death of Elvis: Another Childhood Tragedy" - On the day that Steve Jobs died in October 2011, I felt an immense sadness not for the technological visionary who just passed away but for another cultural icon who changed the world for an earlier generation. The death of Elvis Presley in 1977 cast a long shadow over my childhood, as my mother loved him more than either my father or myself."KGO Radio Jumps The Shark: More News, Less Talk" - After Cumulus Media switched KGO Radio (810AM) from an all talk format to an all news format in December 2011, laying off the best radio talent in the San Francisco Bay Area and throwing away 40 years of broadcasting history in a desperate bid to improve ratings, the lost of familiar voices over the airwaves was heartbreaking.Note: These essays were previously published as individual ebooks.
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February 20, 2012
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