U.S. Navy "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"

“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” U.S. Navy-style

A friend shared this video with me of the U.S. Navy Band’s rendition of the Irving Berlin classic I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas… It brought cheer into my day and I hope it brings cheer into your day… Postscript: See below for an Irving Berlin-Reno divorce connection…   In August 1949, composer Irving Berlin and…

“The Dogs I’ve Known In 2 Wars” Book 1: Iraq

You might say Bill and I discovered Dennis R. Blocker II…In 2008, we asked Dennis to write the Foreword to our Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II (BMC Publications, 2009). Pacific Express became our best seller and landed on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List on the subject of…

The Thanksgiving when no one showed up

Thanksgiving Day, 1985. For our first Thanksgiving in our new home in Incline Village, Nevada, Bill and I invited Bill’s ski cabin group, San Francisco friends who had been sharing a ski lease at Lake Tahoe for thirteen winters since 1972. Bill and I woke up on Thanksgiving morning to three feet of fresh snow…

Happy Birthday to Bill McGee on his 94th

Click to view “Reno Memories” – a special, 7-min featurette produced by Cloverland for Twentieth Century Fox to accompany Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno.  Available in the box set, The Charlie Chan Collection, Volume 4.

Cover of Montana Memoir by William L. McGee

Country music – Three chords and the truth

Sunday, Sept 8 – Bill and I watched “Live at the Ryman”, a concert special celebrating the upcoming 8-part documentary by Ken Burns,  Country Music, A Film by Ken Burns.  The concert was two hours of one great song after another performed by a stellar line-up of country Western musicians. After the special, Bill reminisced…

Time to declutter

April 2019 – Taking time off this month from book marketing and writing to declutter, shred, re-file, re-prioritize … simply put: spring clean.   (Photo: The Writer’s Circle)

Feeling grateful this Christmas

WISHING YOU A COZY CHRISTMAS wherever you are! On Christmas Eve, we’ll be by the fireplace with Whiskey Sours, grateful to still have each other’s company. (Photo: Bill’s Christmas card from December 1948, Flying M.E., Washoe Valley, Nevada.)

MWSA Medallion

“THE SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS” wins MWSA 2018 Silver Medal Award for History

The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville, Pacific War Turning Point wins the MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY OF AMERICA 2018 SILVER MEDAL AWARD FOR HISTORY!   The awards were formally announced on November 10, 2018 at the MWSA annual awards banquet in Charleston, S.C. Published in 2001, the second volume in Bill McGee’s Pacific war trilogy…

Balanchine – The City Center Years

8 of the world’s great ballet companies; 6 performances; 24 ballets (4 ballets per program) … that was BALANCHINE: THE CITY CENTER YEARS, Oct 31 – Nov 4. Thanks to Bill’s caregiver, and his best friend of 50+ years, and his son – who each took a shift so Bill was left alone for only…

My Little Balanchine Story

With the upcoming Balanchine Retrospective at New York City Center, here is my little Balanchine story… In 2000, Rodney Gustafson, artistic director of State Street Ballet, honored me with the opportunity to suggest an idea for a ballet. I proposed a suite of small ballets to songs sung by Frank Sinatra. I obtained permission from…

The Solomons Campaigns

“THE SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS” – Finalist in the Military Writers Society of America 2018 Awards

The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943 by William L. McGee has been designated as a 2018 awards finalist by the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). The award category – Gold, Silver, or Bronze – will be announced at MWSA’s General Membership Conference on November 9, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sandra McGee, Bill’s publishing partner and wife,…

Last Post of 2017

In the Southwest, I’ve heard eating posole on New Year’s Eve will bring good luck in the new year. Simmering on our stove … Johnny D. Boggs’s Pork Posole from the Western Writers of America Cookbook published this year. I’m posting today so you’ll have time to shop, prepare and enjoy this delicious soup/stew with a…

A Christmas memory from Bill McGee

    December 1949 – As the year was coming to a close, I decided it was time to trade in my Levis and boots for Brooks Brothers suits … I left my wrangler job on the Flying M.E. dude ranch in Nevada, and with my new bride in tow (who I met on the…