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…

Veterans Day – A Day Late

To all military veterans or their children or grandchildren! You don’t have to be a celebrity to write your military memoirs. Preserving your stories about your military service is a priceless gift for your family…but sometimes it takes a checklist to get started. Your free copy of award-winning military historian Bill McGee’s two-page “How To…

If these Mapes champagne glasses could talk

Surprise today… Received two champagne glasses from Reno’s Mapes estate sent to us by fellow Reno divorce era buffs, Deb Wiger Geraghty and James Stavena. As Bill and I toasted each other with sparkling rose, and wondered whose lips – famous and infamous – had sipped from these glasses, Bill once again told me his…

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,  Country Music, A Film by Ken Burns.  After two hours listening to one great song after another performed by a stellar line-up of country Western musicians, Bill reminisced about his introduction to country music… “I…

Two Reno Divorce Era “Survivors” – Then and Now

Then. In 1951, the glamorous singer/dancer Marilu Norden registered at the Pyramid Lake Ranch to wait out her six weeks for a “quickie” divorce. The guest ranch was 34 miles north of Reno in Sutcliffe, a location that was remote then and still is today. In 1947, Montana cowboy Bill McGee hired on as head…