– 2021

What ever happened to that ole classic: The Karate Chop?

Ever wonder where that old favorite of the ’60s and ’70s television disappeared to? You know what I’m talking about–The karate chop! That open-hand slice to the back of the neck that took down an adversary in record time. And it was pretty safe too! When someone woke-up from it they just shook their head … Continue reading What ever happened to that ole classic: The Karate Chop?

Need a place to write that mystery? Seven Keys Lodge in Colorado has a history of mystery!

This month we’re celebrating Ohio Author Earl Derr Biggers 137th birthday (August 26, 1884) with a look at Seven Keys Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado. The lodge bears tribute to Biggers, but one surprisingly not related to his fictional Detective Charlie Chan! Rather, built in 1917 it pays homage to Biggers’ first successful mystery novel, … Continue reading Need a place to write that mystery? Seven Keys Lodge in Colorado has a history of mystery!

One last Aloha’oe (fond farewell) to John Noland and his comic strip “Chinatown Cop.”

Life can indeed be ironic–grave and tragically ironic. Three years ago this month, June 15th, 2018, the family of John Noland made the heavy-hearted decision to disconnect John from life support. In his own small way (as we all are) John was a hero of sorts, most notably for me within the world of Charlie … Continue reading One last Aloha’oe (fond farewell) to John Noland and his comic strip “Chinatown Cop.”

Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan Pasta – “Masarap!”

If you’re travel plans happen to take you to The Philippine Islands or Honolulu, Hawaii, then order-in and try one of Yellow Cab Pizza Company’s best sellers: Charlie Chan Pasta! “Masarap” (delicious) is what you’ll say once you’ve tasted this world-renowned dish! OK…Well, I’ve never actually tasted Charlie Chan Pasta, but this dish is certainly … Continue reading Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan Pasta – “Masarap!”

This March celebrate National Cocktail Day with a “Luigi”

March 24th brings us National Cocktail Day. And while Detective Chan was a teetotaler; me–not so much.  So with my given name Luigi, I thought we might pause to discover a savory sipper of the same name…“The Luigi!”  I first came across The Luigi recipe in a mystery read, Murder on a Mystery Tour (1987) by Marian Babson. … Continue reading This March celebrate National Cocktail Day with a “Luigi”

A special birthday wish to Charlie Chan Series Actor James Hong!

He’s not often associated with Charlie Chan these days, but for many Actor James Hong holds a special place in the detective’s career! At 92-years young (February 22d) actor, voice actor, producer and director James Hong is to acting as Tony Bennett is to singing. He’s been around-the-block, easily recognized and has earned a plethora … Continue reading A special birthday wish to Charlie Chan Series Actor James Hong!

Who’s your pick to next portray Charlie Chan at the box office?

Impossible? Or perhaps inevitable we will see the return of Charlie Chan on film? If you think no one’s thought about it here are two attempts (though they never came about) to feature Russell Wong (1997) and Lucy Liu (2006) as additions to the Chan Family. But I’ll be candid! I’m not speaking of the … Continue reading Who’s your pick to next portray Charlie Chan at the box office?