Jamie Burrows, host of the podcast entitled Remotely Entertaining he does out of Rochester, New York, recently invited me on to his show and it was quite a fun experience. Interesting in that Lee Marvin Point Book has already come out several years ago and yet the interest is still pervasive, thank god.
I really didn’t know that much about him or his podcast when a mutual friend via Facebook asked if I would be willing to do the show. A little Googling revealed some interesting aspects of the man that made me decide to go ahead and do the show. Apparently, he’s also some done acting and can be seen in good form in a short film thriller available on Vimeo called Bosworth. Hey, it’s only about a half hour long so give it a look if you’ve got the time to kill.
Speaking of time to kill, Jamie and I eventually spoke for a little over an hour on a range of subjects that I intentionally made sure to bring back to Lee Marvin whenever possible.

Screen grab from my recent talk with Jamie Burrows.

It’s funny in that I had not done this sort of thing in some time, as you can see in my recent previous blog posts. Naturally, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to rise to challenge but, give me the chance to discuss Lee Marvin and films in general and all is right with the world.
Oh, one more thing that I can take a little pride in stating. Yeah, I’m more gray than in previous interviews, but I am also more than fifty pounds lighter than in the past. Don’t know if it shows or not on my once fat face but I thought it worthy of pointing out.
And so, I give you Jamie Burrows and myself, remotely speaking. Enjoy…..
– Dwayne Epstein

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Connie Martinson, veteran host of the cable show Connie Martinson Talks Books, interviewed yours truly when Lee Marvin Point Blank first came out. It was arranged via the publicist my publisher contracted. The interview was taped in a room at the Santa Monica Library and Ms. Martinson could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. Having recently posted the interview I did with Sandra Mitchell on KCAL9 News, I thought why not post the interview I did with Ms. Martinson?

Connie and me from her show, CONNIE MARTINSON TALKS BOOKS.

 I was pleasantly surprised when I met her to discover she was married to Les Martinson, whom I had interviewed for my book. Naturally, she worked that little factoid into our discussion. Also, I must say, having done several such shows to promote the book, after the show was completed, I told her how impressed I was by the fact that she actually read my book and made copious notes via her visible Post-Its on the pages. 

Connie’s hand and ever present Post-It note in evidence as she holds my book to the camera.

She then asked, “Doesn’t everybody who interviews you read your book?” When I told her no, the look of shock was wonderful as she stated, “Then they shouldn’t have their job!” A terrific response, in my opinion.
I found out later what great company I was in to have been on her show as it’s been on the air locally since 1979 and has had such luminaries on as Ray Bradbury, Studs Turkel, Maya Angelou, Al Gore and a neophyte Illinois senator promoting his book named Barack Obama. 
Only other thing I’d add before viewing the video below is how jarring it is to see myself then. Since that interview back in 2013, I have lost over fifty pounds and man, does it make a difference! So, all that said, heeeeeeerrrrreee’s Connie!
– Dwayne Epstein

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KCAL9 in the Los Angeles metro area does an afternoon news show and a few years back I was interviewed on it by Sandra Mitchell. Recently, I came across the video of it that was posted on YouTube by a friend from high school, John Escobar. It aired back in 2014 not long after my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank came out.

Opening image from my local news interview.

It seems so strange viewing it all these years later as I weighed so MUCH more then. Sitting it front of a computer screen will do that to you, I guess. Luckily, that is no longer the case, not as much anyway. More to the point I am more physically active and have shed ALL that extra bulk.
Anyway, it was one of the first on-air interviews I did to promote the book and I was surprised to see how little stuttered considering how nervous I was. Sandra Mitchell was a sweetheart and very easy to talk to so that may have had a lot to do with it.
I do remember what a weird experience it was in how it was done. I expected to see a full crew in the studio for the live shot. However, what I encountered when I got to the KCAL9 studio was simply Sandra and several robotic camera cranes. No crew at all to speak of which gave the whole experience a sort of Isaac Asimov effect.

Screen grab of myself and Sandra Mitchell.

It was setup by the p.r. firm my publisher contracted so I was accompanied by the publicist’s partner, Laurel Lambert, and my girlfriend Barbara. Good thing, too, as I had no idea what to expect. So without further ado, from December 24th, 2014, I give you me and Sandra. Thanks again, John!

– Dwayne Epstein

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