I was saddened to learn of the passing of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully at the age of 94. Then I thought back to this past winter and my wonderful encounter with him. I had just put the finishing touches on my novel The Kid From Dodgertown and was seeking notable baseball people with Dodger connections to offer "advance praise" quotes for the book's jacket. So, on a wing and a prayer, I sent Mr. Scully a snail mail cover letter and a detailed plot synopsis, expecting little. You can imagine my shock when he called me at home a few weeks later. Long story short, after offering his assistance, he asked me about myself and what made me write the book, and then proceeded to regale me with tales of Dodgertown and Vero Beach. He was absolutely charming, and by the time our hour-long conversation was through I felt I'd known him for years. I'm proud that his words found their way into my book. You know, in this business there are many people who will "big time" you at the drop of a hat. Mr. Scully was the opposite. Thanks for your kindness, Vin, and God bless.
Recently I had the pleasure of participating in the second annual Paraconn in Ansonia, CT. The T.J. Jackson Mysteries table was lively all weekend, and we even sold out a few titles. Making it more fun was being adjacent to my daughter Caroline and her husband Sean, whose popular podcast Ain't it Scary With Sean and Carrie attracted many fans of the horror/paranormal genre. On Saturday I had a speaking engagement on the big stage with fellow author Tim McLaughlin, and new T.J. fan Lori Salerno won the raffle for a cool Voodoo Cult's Treasure tee shirt! Special thanks to Charles Rosenay and Nick Grossman (AKA "The Shaman and the Showman," their official moniker which was coined by yours truly) for putting together this huge event. See you next year!
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