Donald O’Donovan

Donald O’Donovan, born in Cooperstown New York, was a teenage runaway and an infantry soldier, lived in Paris and Mexico, and worked at numerous occupations including long distance truck driver, undertaker and roller skate repairman before turning to writing. His picaresque autobiographical novels include Night Train, Highway and Tarantula Woman.

Simon Rodia: Architect of Dreams

"Nothing is so rare on the part of any man as an act of his own" - Ralph Waldo Emerson In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Cheshire cat, when she disappeared, left her smile behind.  Simon Rodia did the same thing.  The Italian immigrant, born in Ribottoli at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, was here among us for 90 years, thirty-some of which he spent in Los Angeles.  When he departed, Simon Rodia left behind his smile, Nuestro Pueblo, Watts Continue Reading...