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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Val Kilmer in "Citizen Twain."

Val Kilmer is touring the United States with  a filmed version of his stage play of "Citizen Twain." I urge you all to see it.

"Citizen Twain" embraces Mark Twain in ways that reaches out to the contemporary mind, young and old.

I was honored to see the entire movie at the "Funnybone" in Columbus, Ohio.  Look for it in your city. You will not be disappointed.

On a personal note, I found Val to be very kind and a great wit. Yes, he looks frail, but his spirit is unflagging.

The following review and interview is a bit dated, but it truly conveys the essence of what the play is all about. I found the performance very fresh and inspiring, as I did the author, Val Kilmer. It's a masterpiece of work, which takes the 1800s Mark Twain into the 21st century.

Filled with quips, regarding modern politics and social issues, this blend  of Mark Twain's writings and the author's (Val Kilmer) observations, are woven into an incredibly entertaining tapestry of modern thought.

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04/11/2013 10:53 am ET | Updated Jun 11, 2013

Val Kilmer Is, I Mean As, Mark Twain



Val Kilmer was not at all what I expected. Come to think of it, I wasn’t sure what I expected when I arrived at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas, TX to interview Kilmer. He’s in town work shopping the one-man show he is currently developing, Citizen Twain. He recently performed the piece at Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA on April 6. From April 18-21, he can be found at the Wyly.
“We’re [on] like a big Broadway tour now with a set and everything,” Val Kilmer said with a roguish smile as we sat down to talk. “Want to see pictures?” He showed me photos of the set on his phone and then we began chatting like old friends. Not always the case when interviewing celebrities. At all. But Kilmer proved to be charming, incredibly intelligent, and completely taken with Mark Twain, the subject of his new show.



Oh, did I meet my 30 year favorite male star? Yes, I did!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Being Disabled is no Handicap to Retired Accountant

I know this Josh John personally, and I have to say, he is a fine man. Please enjoy and be inspired as I have been.


WHEN talking about turning a crisis into opportunities, there is an endless list of motivational quotes to cite from.

While maxims and adages are powerful motivators, retired accountant Josh John does not pore over them to drive home a point. Rather, he counts on his wealth of real life experiences to deal with emergency situations — like the way he overcame a crisis and turned it into an opportunity to do something good.

Paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair, the 54-year-old has resolved to never wallow in self-pity and hopelessness but to bravely carry on living and not letting his affliction prevent him from doing what he loves. He has even made the effort to do some charity work.
Josh said his condition should be more accurately termed as Guillain-Barre Syndrome although it has also been diagnosed as Transverse Myelitis (TM).

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Oh, Sweet Lord

Art by Guido Reni
17th Century

Oh, Sweet Lord

I wrote this song at age 24 while recovering from a near death experience. I recently had it produced by Nashville Song Service. I hope it uplifts you.

Monday, April 10, 2017

JC Aka Triple Threat -- The Dip It Challenge




Triple Threat In Da House


You go Triple T- JC Aka Triple Threat by Brian The Hammer Jackson










It's been a long week, I just interviewed a great guest on Thurs.  Fri morning came  6 AM PST, My mind wonders how can I give JC a great interview, I say that because I consider JC family which makes me just wanna have fun and your glad they came. The problem with that is you might miss an opportunity for JC to promote something, so you go in as if he is someone you don’t know and try to find out what’s he doing. You take away JC good looks, quick wit, Talent, what you have left? you still have one special dude with a will to make things better. 7A.M  is here fri morning it’s showtime, JC comes in the studio and you can feel the energy fill the studio up. ( My coffee even says: Damn I wish I had that energy) JC came on like a pro, He promoted his songs,tours, merchandise  which is cool.


JC aka Triple Threat 

But I wanted to go deeper, His fears his wants his flaws, JC came in with another Agenda, a passion he connected  himself with, A charity to help stop bullying, I tried to bait him by talking about I think bullying is a good thing, JC didn’t waver ignored my dumb ass and gave a true heartfelt answer. You can listen to the podcast by hitting the link Hammer & Ellen in the morning Triple Threat in The House.  JC came in as a  professional & left as family. What does he have when you take away his Good Looks Wit, & Talent? You got parents like Lady T Mr T and you still got one special dude.  Lady T (JC MOM) she is a shark, Sure she is sweet,looking all fashion model Ms Thang. She is a no nonsense business woman and she will let you know it if you step out of line. She also one of the most beautiful lady inside and out you will meet. What about (Mr.T) Now we are talking.  I ask Mr T have you seen the bad side of Lady T? He thought for a moment and said back in the 90’s ( I’m thinking you are a brave man and I will remember you at your funeral) He continued He said just  i saw just a bit a  little bit of her halo slipped….. Oh man…