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!
Now here's a fluke--a well earned one, too! James Hong, Son No.1 to J. Carrol Naish's, Charlie Chan in The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, is getting his just deserves...a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Class of 2022! At 92-years young, Actor James Hong is going strong! "Hong, recently provided the voice of … Continue reading Hey Pop move over. I got a Star on Hollywood, too!
John Noland 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 … Continue reading One last Aloha’oe (fond farewell) to John Noland and his comic strip “Chinatown Cop.”
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!”
Heading to Hawaii anytime soon? Skip the Luau and try The Friends of the Library of Hawaii bookstore sale in Kakaako on the Island of Oahu! While living 14 years on the islands, I looked forward to this annual event like Christmas or a birthday. One of the oldest continuously running book sales in the … Continue reading A 70-year old Hawaiian tradition; one I sorely miss!
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”
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!
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?
Season Greetings! It's been a tough year for everyone (I know of three Charlie Chan events at Universities or Libraries cancelled.) Still, our favorite detective managed to make his presence known and accumulate some interesting accolades this year! Here's is what you'll find inside, The Charlie Chan Family Home 2020 Newsletter: As always our newsletter … Continue reading The Charlie Chan Family Home 2020 Newsletter
Haven't we all brooded over a holiday season or two, deep with regret Author Earl Derr Biggers never got the chance to pen a Charlie Chan Christmas mystery? OK, perhaps that never topped your list of major heartbreaks, but it's still a shame. I mean who doesn't love a good holiday "who done it?" Good … Continue reading The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus – A Charlie Chan mystery!