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.

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.)

Book Review – Howard “Howie” Reed

“THE BROADCASTING YEARS, 1958-1989 by Bill McGee brings back great memories of co-workers and friends from a glorious past when I was in the business and when advertising and broadcasting in San Francisco were the center of my universe. . . . Considering I only got one mention in Bill’s book (the fragile ego takes yet…

Book Review – BROADCASTING & CABLE Magazine

Thank you to Michael Malone for his review in Broadcasting & Cable (see below)…  As an aside, when Bill started in the broadcasting industry in 1958, Broadcasting (as the magazine was then called) was the go-to trade publication for people in the business and it’s still going strong today.  REVIEW by Michael Malone William L. McGee has…

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,…

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…

Guadalcanal at 75 – A name, an emotion

August 2017 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battle for Guadalcanal… a major turning point in the Pacific war.  On the morning of 7 August 1942, eight months to the day after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. 1st Marine Division, under MGen Alexander A. Vandegrift, landed on the islands of Tulagi…

Western Writers of America Cookbook

We’re honored to be included in the just-released Western Writers of America Cookbook …  with Bill’s Award-Winning Chili (pg 90) and Sandra’s Southwest Slaw (pg 66). This cookbook celebrates the Western tradition and is filled with more than 150 recipes, anecdotes, and stories from some of America’s most popular Western writers and personalities. This collaborative effort includes…

Cover Pacific Express

“PACIFIC EXPRESS” – 7th year on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List

For the seventh consecutive year, PACIFIC EXPRESS — THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MILITARY LOGISTICS IN WORLD WAR II, edited by William L. McGee with Sandra McGee, is on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List for Logistics. The books on the Commandant’s Professional Reading List are selected as most pertinent to critical thinking and professional development at…