Google Alert is a a system I signed up for a while ago to alert me to anything that is posted on the web about myself or Lee Marvin. Naturally, if it’s a Lee Marvin Google Alert you’ll more than likely find it posted here. If it’s something that might concern me, then it’s infinitely less likely to be seen here. The whole purpose of this website/blog is to encourage folks to read Lee Marvin Point Blank but more importantly, watch, rediscover and appreciate the films and TV work of Lee Marvin. 
   In that respect, this website has been pretty successful. As a matter of fact, about two years ago my publisher wanted to discontinue it, believing the time had passed for its promotional usefulness. We discussed it and I agreed to pay to take it over. Glad I did. Nine years down the road and it’s still going strong. 
   Okay, enough background. The Google Alert I received recently goes completely against everything I just wrote. Why? Because its content consisted of this headline: “Adam Sandler Once Sent Military Copies of ‘Anger Management’ With Extra Footage”

ADAM SANDLER, published in 2004 by Lucent Books for their People in the News Series (PITN).

Now normally, I wouldn’t give such a headline a second look but when I clicked on it as a reference to me, I metaphorically rubbed my eyes in shock as the damn thing was a click bait article derived from my book! I wrote the damn thing so long ago I didn’t even remember if I wrote what they culled from my quote. I double checked my copy and son-of-a…..I did! Granted, most click bait articles, are..well, click bait, something you wait to load while the ads take up most of the bandwidth. No biggie. But c’mon, I wrote about Sandler back in 2004! By the way, the choice was either Sandler, George Bush or Eminem. Kind of explains Sandler as a subject, doesn’t?
  Anyone interested in reading the content can do so here. Not bad, certainly not great either. As for me, I’ll be writing about The making of the The Dirty Dozen in Killin’ Generals. Have a great summer, everybody!

  • Dwayne Epstein.
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Norman Gunston, a rather strange TV personality from Australia’s down under TV, used to interview celebrities the way Mike Wallace used to do with crooks on “60 Minutes.” The difference is Gunston used to do for a laugh and was often very funny. I’d watch clips of him on “Night Flight,” which is where I saw this clip of him talking to Lee Marvin. 

(L-R) Lee Marvin, unknown, Pam Marvin & Norman Gunston.

Imagine my surprise when I came across this recently on YouTube. It genuinely too m back to the nights of staying up late after a night out, channel surfing and finding a gem like this.
    Actually, this isn’t the first time Norman Gunston interviewed Marvin. Since the actor frequently traveled to Australia for the deep sea fishing, Gunston had previously interviewed him at the airport, which is why they seem so cordial here. 
   By the way, not every celebrity shanghaied by Gunston were as easy going about it as Marvin was. Often times they’d get downright nasty with the combed over hair and toilet papered face. As far as I’m concerned that just made the interview that much funnier and he deals with it well. One would think that catching Marvin in the halls of justice during a break during the 1979 palimony case would set the actor off in a darker mood. Not so, with Lee Marvin. He handless Gunston like a pro and takes it all stride. 
   Speaking of the palimony suit, most people think Marvin lost the case against Michele Triola but as detailed in Lee Marvin Point Blank, his lawyer, David Kagon, sets the record straight once and for all. 
   So, with further ado, I give you this brief interlude between Lee Marvin and Norman Gunston. Enjoy and happy Father’s Day, one and all.
– Dwayne Epstein

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Dads & Grads are the popular subjects of special attention the month of June.  Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th this year and Graduation Day of course occurs all month long. Since my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank has been available since 20013, imagine my pleasant surprise when my publisher,Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press sent this promo in the newsletter for Dads & Grads: 

Dads & Grads promo via the Schaffner Press newsletter.

No one was more pleasantly surprised than yours truly when opening my e-mail this morning. Unsolicited promos and endorsement are always the best kind and this one is no different. My only gripe, and it’s a minor one, is the phrase stating that Lee Marvin abhorred violence. Rather surprising as that certainly wasn’t the case based on my research. I suggest reading the book and draw your own conclusion as to whether Lee Marvin abhorred violence.
   So, go ahead and feel free to treat yourself, family member or friend to Lee Marvin Point Blank.  Even after all this time it is still very much available in Trade Paperback and Kindle.  The Amazon discount makes it worthwhile and does not effect my royalty. Happy Father’s Day one and all and all the best to graduates everywhere.
– Dwayne Epstein.


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