Monday, March 17, 2008

Book signing

It was a pleasure being at “Amazing Grapes,” the wine bar and wine/spirits shop, in Pompton Lakes, NJ, on Saturday; I was there to sign copies of “The Lucky Strike Papers,” during the last two hours of the shop’s weekly wine tasting.

One man—in his twenties or thirties—told me he was buying “The Lucky Strike Papers” for someone much older, someone who knew a lot about television’s early years, and I was very gratified by this. While I believe the book’s portrait of television in the late 1940s and early 1950s will appeal to anyone who is drawn to history, and in particular to American popular culture, the book will no doubt appeal most to those who witnessed the era firsthand--or, perhaps, those who did not see it firsthand, but who have become drawn to the era, and its distinctive qualities, after the fact.

My thanks to the nice people at “Amazing Grapes,” for their kindness and hospitality.

FYI: the web address for "Amazing Grapes" is: