BROTHER THOMAS STEINBECK
Forget her name,
but friend I was telling my ventures with
FBI, CIA, US Justice Dept, Texas Rangers
House and Senate
working on child care legislation, she
says she knows Thomas
son of writer John
and asks if I would
like to meet him.
I say sure,
became saddle pals...like brothers for years...
traveled, lived together in
Hills, in our lawyer
friend Phillip Rosen's
Apartment with my
daughter Desiree... traveled to Montana wrapping Sage along
the most interesting guys I have ever knows, Miss
him and the
times together...think his new wife thought I
parties and hid him out...
Thomas Steinbeck & Buffalo
We became partners
hawking our dream projects in the streets of Hollywood.
He was very interested
in Kicking Up Dust and jumped in the band wagon. He
met Buck and I met
his lawyer friend Phillip. Everyone had some great times
together going to
parties in Malibu out on the land that I
lived in my camper.
There were many
great friendships that were born at these picking parties that
I was having.
There was always music at the parties. Many times ole Buck
would bring his
guitar and we would have a blast with this ole cowboy legend.
Down the road Buck
found a couple of his pals from his riding group.
Regan was a member
of the group. Anymoo, one of the guys
was the Attorney
General of Idaho
and the other was John Simplott,
Jr. and his dad was one of
the richest men
in the U.S. His dad owned
the patent on the frozen french fry,
had big cattle ranches
and sold beef
and potatoes to McDonalds. We all
met, including Thom
Rosen regarding these boys putting up one
for us to
produce Kicking Up Dust.
I thought sheeeezam,
I have to construct a deal tight enough for a
General to look
at the deal. I knew I needed big time law firm
to look good and
do the job right.
The problems with lawyer jokes is that
1. lawyers don't think they're
2. the rest of us don't think
I get Mickey
Slobodian. He is Dolly Parton's lawyer, the LA Rams, and HBO.
was John Wayne's
lawyer. Buck, Thom and I meet him and he loves the project
and we have to put
up a $6,000 retainer. Buck puts up the money. So, now
months have passed
since the first meetings with the Ranchero boys and then the
months it takes
the law firm to draw up a $1 million Limited Partnership agree-
ment. We send
the agreement to the boys. A month passes. We get a letter
back that they don't
think they are going to be able to invest. Buck finds out that
John Simplot's dad
did not want him to get into any business in Hollywood.
Again, a deal goes
down the tubes. Now near 3 years have gone by. As we
used to say in Austin,
Texas ONWARD THROUGH THE FOG.
these times I continue to research and meet old cowboys. Had the
NOTHING CAN HAPPEN NOWHERE...
honor to meet Roy
Rogers, Patsy Montana, Gene Aurty, Eddie Dean. I feel more
and more dedicated
to pulling off getting the great story that I am digging up told.
I am learning that
no one in history has ever gotten all these old cowboys and
to perform on the same stage
Had a meeting
one time with a guy from CBS and telling him about the project
and he tells me
it is too "dusty" to rural. No one cares about the past. They
to know about what
is now and the hot trends. They want action packed. I say to
myself, okay Mr.
car wreck blow it up tits and ass butt hole.
The more I research
and talk to the ole singing cowboys and pioneers of the music
business in this
country and look at the lives of the icons, I begin to see an inter-
of the music business running side by side and being "spurred"
along by the new
technological inventions of the times. I see this as a more inter-
esting setting for
“A lawyer is a liar with a permit to practice.”
Below one of my hide outs where had a guest house
Thom Steinbeck lived with me...Thom's dad was John.
deal began to evolve with Kicking Up Dust. I have
been in talks with
some folks that have a company called
They have been in the biz and
to some terms on
a deal. I get a $10,000 advance from
them and put most
of the money into a house in Beverly
Hills that once
was a ole horse stable for the John Trousdale.
There was two acres of land with the place.
I was going to make
it the home office for me and the
one of the guys with Corrie Pacific about the lady
that put up the money and he said she had a office
next to Ollie North down in the basement of the
Capitol in Washington is all I need to know. I
house was once owned by the skat lady and singer
Eartha Kit...I had two dear that hung out on the land,
and there were Japanese
gardens, bamboo forests, trails and trees,
it was up a canyon just a wild to the
Rainbow and other
hot clubs on the Sunset Strip. I
could stumble home
from nights on the town...
In the hood the liks of Ringo
Star, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony
Curtis, Ray Charles, Grocho Marx,
Pres. Nixon, Jennifer Aniston, David Spade,
Earth Kit (my house) Vera Wang,
John Rich, Jane Fonda and more.,.oh yes me.
One day my pal Thom
Steinbeck and I were at the ranch in the Hills of Beverly and our
Ponca Indian brother
Dan was over at the place. He was working on a project with
Kevin "Dances With
Wolves" Costner. He had his laptop computer and was showing
us CD-Roms... I looked
at Thom and said, "Far out...I got an Indian showing me the most
high tech thing
I have ever seen. And speaking of Oklahoma brothers...and quoting
my ole Okie brother
Gary P. Nunn..."I might have been born yesterday, but I stayed up late
I saw the future...I saw this as the perfect format for Kicking Up Dust
The jungle around
the house was
thought you were
in the country,
flying over the
house and two dear
that lived on the
land. The plants
and trails were
were some great
trails thought the
acres to hike
a dream place to
take a date for
At the top
of a hill that ran along
of Hollywood and B.H.
see all they way to Long Beach to Century City...
and 2 acres...
I was having thoughts
that this could be the way I could get my ducks in a row. I began
to study CD roms.
I found out that IBM was one of the leaders
in developing the format.
I was doing all
I could do to learn how I could adapt my project to this new form of media.
I soon contact IBM
and they are interested in the project. I put my associate New York
lawyer pal in New
York on the project. One year later and IBM invites us to Las Vegas
for a celebration
steak dinner at a big steak house at Caesar's Palace. We drink and
toast to a done
deal. Buck and his wife go to the dinner.
I get back to la
la land and within weeks of the "done deal" I get a letter that due to
a new move from the new
president of IBM they are going to close the software development
division that we
had cut our deal with. That deal goes down the tubes. In the
same month that IBM goes
south the Corrie Pacific deal goes South for reasons never
The parties that had given us $10 grand just disappeared. I might
mention that one time asking
one of the parties involved who is the key investor, and he said all
you need to know
is that she had an office in the basement of the White House next
to Ollie North's office.
Dum-de-dum-dum? Go figure.
Things get more difficult
in that I have moved into this very expensive house because I
had a signed agreement
that the backing would come through. Money problems
began to mount.
I am having many parties at the house there in the Hills of Beverly.
I could not afford
to furnish the house, so on Thursday mornings which I learned was
trash day in Beverly
Hills, so I would go out in the neighborhood and find things that
the rich would set
for the trash to carry off. I swear you can not believe what
they throw away.
One man's junk is another's riches. I decorated the house in what
saved all the Quervo bottles from the parties...
I figured that one
way to eat good and drink was to have the parties and make them
So after a party I would have all these great left-overs to eat for a few
days. If a weekend was
coming up and I wanted to have a date, it was always best to just
invite a lady
over for a party and my 2 acre rancho. I had a sauna
at the place, swimming pool and with
the great wooded area it was fun to sauna with a lady friend then
go hike nude in
the woods. Friend Cindy and I called it Buck Naked in Beverly Hills.
Phillip Rosen and actress
Mary Kay Place...Phillip was Thom's lawyer and we had
some great times...Thom and
Phillip and I...travels to Montana, Thom my daugher and
I lived in Phillips one bedroom
apartment on Manhatten Beach board walk one summer
I had a guest house
on the property
and had my saddle
move in the house.
He had a rat in
there he called
Waylon, after Waylon
Said the rat would come
out anytime he played
some of Waylon's
Thom was in the place he
wrote a script to
The Pearl, the book by
his dad, Senor John
Eartha Kit owned
the house years ago and James Baldwin the writer lived there with
her when he was
writing and hiding out from the FBI. I was living a life of the wild
Had more girls that I was dating than you could shake a stick at.
It was a time in
my life that I was wanting to be more like Hunter Thompson and I
had a party pad
to back it up. There was enough drugs and booze being brought
to the house via
parties and enough girls staying over night that I did not have to go out that often.
Looking back these
were some of the fun wild times I ever had in Hollyweird. As I
mentioned I could
just walk from the house to the Sunset Strip and some of the hot
hot clubs in Hollywood
and then bring folks home to party at the place after the clubs closed...
Would have pot luck
parties on the weekend and tons of food would appear and I could eat
on the left overs for days after the party... decorated the house in
Early Jose Cuervo. Furnished the house from furniture people
would put out on Thursdays in Beverly Hills... omg you would not
believe the nice things people would throw away...
If I did need to
go out I was just a walk from the
Rainbow, The Whisky
and the Roxy and Bar One, where Heidi
Fleiss was working her girls.
Had a chance to
set at booth with her and a hot deadhead friend
Erin. Will always remember the night
I got to kiss the very drunk
to tell you the truth she kissed me.
I must say that having a big house
in Beverly Hills
sure can help when it comes to getting girls to stay the night...who was that
girl that worked at Disney.
would stop after work...get a bottle of wine...once
a week stop by and we would drink wine, build a
fire, make love and she would get up in the morning
and leave to go to work...then see her again in a
week or two... so many great routines like that.
check on some galpals
from those days
Tammy Anderson stopped by the
house one day and the party ended,
we moved to Montana and had our
son Robby we got married,
we got divorced. I love our two kids... Robby and
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