BROTHER THOMAS STEINBECK

 

Forget her name, but friend I was telling my ventures with the

FBI, CIA, US Justice Dept, Texas Rangers and the Texas

House and Senate working on child care legislation, she

says she knows Thomas Steinbeck,  son of writer John

Steinbeck, and asks if I would like to meet him. I say sure,

and we became saddle pals...like brothers for years...

traveled, lived together in Austin,Beverly Hills, in our lawyer

friend Phillip Rosen's Apartment with my daughter Desiree... traveled to Montana wrapping Sage along the way...

 

One of the most interesting guys I have ever knows, Miss

him and the times together...think his new wife thought I

had too many parties and hid him out...


Thomas Steinbeck &  Buffalo Benford

 

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. 

Pres. 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 and Phillip

Rosen regarding these boys putting up one million dollars for us to

produce Kicking Up Dust.

 

I thought sheeeezam, I have to construct a deal tight enough for a

Attorney 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 funny and,
   2. the rest of us don't think they're jokes!

 

I get Mickey Slobodian.  He is Dolly Parton's lawyer, the LA Rams, and HBO.  He
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.

So during these times I continue to research and meet old cowboys.  Had the
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
cowgirls together to perform on the same stage

NOTHING CAN HAPPEN NOWHERE...

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 want
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-
esting evolution 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 the story.

 “A lawyer is a liar with a permit to practice.”

 

Below one of my hide outs where had a guest house that

Thom Steinbeck lived with me...Thom's dad was John.

Two deal began to evolve with Kicking Up Dust.  I have  been in talks with some folks that have a company called Corrie Pacific.  They have been in the biz and

we come 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 production. 

 

I asked 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 shut up.

 

The 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 last night."  I saw the future...I saw this as the perfect format for Kicking Up Dust

 

The jungle around the house was
incredible, you thought you were

out in the country, there're hawks
flying over the house and two dear
that lived on the land.  The plants
and trails were incredible...There
were some great trails thought the
two acres to hike and set...was
a dream place to take a date for

a walk...

 

At the top of a hill that ran along

the border of Hollywood and B.H.

you could see all they way to Long Beach to Century City...

 

My ranchito and 2 acres...

Lissa Lee 

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 explained.  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 out

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 I

called early Quervo...we 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 pot luck.  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.    YeeeeeHaw.

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 pal Steinbeck 
move in the house.  He had a rat in
there he called Waylon, after Waylon 
Jennings.  Said the rat would come 
out anytime he played some of Waylon's 
music.  While Thom was in the place he 
wrote a script to The Pearl, the book by
his dad, Senor John Steinbeck.


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 Hollywood edge.  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
Shannon Daugherty, 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.

She 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.
 

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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 Ashley

 

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