Today I re-launched my blog as the entry point to all of my journalistic efforts that focus on entertainment, film, sports and world travel. The title is the inspiration of my daughter who’s had a front-row seat to my work. My traveling nature is inspired by my father, John W. Childress III, a physicist who made his last overseas trip to Bejing, China, where he heard the news they had just received the Olympics. My movie passion began with my Mom, Dr. Odile Claude, who encouraged me to watch old Elvis films on Sunday afternoons and other flicks. She gave a mean rendition of “Bali Hai” from South Pacific. And I was born in Hollywood and raised on the Lakers. This blog is where all of this love merges.
December 8, 2011
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I, too, enjoyed the trip to Senegl as part of the delegation. After reading your December 8 re-launch post, I was excited to learn about your passion for films, particularly Elvis Presley movies. As the daughter of a career Army officer, my siblings and I grew up throughout the country and the world. Our love of movies began while living in Germany as children. Every Sunday, our source of entertainment was American movies and museums. Once we returned to the US, every weekend our parents packed us in the car and headed to drive-ins to see mostly Elvis Presley movies. I know them all and have copies of many. Travel, film, politics and art fill my life. Football happened to be my family’s sport passion. Nice to meet you.
Thanks, Flo. Glad to meet you as well. Elvis once came down off the stage and told my Dad that my Mom was a beauty and that image stuck with me. You see she had the high black bouffant hair like Priscilla and I guess that did it for Elvis. My film friend tells me stories of how Elvis broke the heart of one Ellie Mae Clampett when she realized she was just one of the starlets, models, beaufiful girls stashed in rooms throughout a hotel – ah, Elvis!
I love the Raiders and the Eagles – regardless of their records. I went to a lot of games when the Raiders were based in LA and those are Sunday memories with my sister Claudette. We are natives of LA.
The Eagles have a place in our hearts because Randall Cunningham went to school with my brother and sister in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Happy New Year!