With the holiday season just around the corner Detective Charlie Chan and family are trying to get ahead of the game. And with eleven children in the Chan household I asked him, "How do the Chans get through the holiday with so many young hearts to please?" Here is what he told me: "Ah, best … Continue reading Get a letter from Santa Claus postmarked at the North Pole!
This month marks fifty years of The Amazing Chan and The Chan Clan; sixteen cartoon episodes that first aired on television from September 9th - December 30th, 1972. Reruns continued through the summer of 1973 and syndication from 1976 to 1982. If you've never seen the cartoon, a Hanna-Barbera Production, basically Detective Charlie Chan is … Continue reading The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan celebrates 50 years!
"Kung Hei Fat Choi!" Today, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar begins THE YEAR OF THE TIGER (February 1st, 2022 - January 31st, 2023.) And since our Detective Charlie Chan was of Chinese ancestry, I thought it appropriate to post about that today! Tradition tells us to first visit the eldest seniors in the family … Continue reading Do not challenge supernatural unless armed with sword of truth.
Are you tired of Mary Worth's lethargic pace? Is The Born Loser starting to bore you? Does Doonsbury get under your skin? Then you're in luck! Because yesterday, October 31st, began another three and one-half years romp through The Charlie Chan Sunday Comics (no trick, just treat!) On October 30, 1938, a Sunday comic strip … Continue reading Like the Sunday Funnies? Then you’re in luck. As of yesterday The Charlie Chan Sunday Comics are back!
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?
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!
Well, it's here! November 3d, 2020 is just days away; time for what promises to be quite the onerous general election. But don't believe for a second that a president, congressional delegates, governors and local ballot issues are the only choices requiring your attention at the polls this month! Each month, since March 2003, Webmaster … Continue reading It’s November and Charlie Chan wants YOU at the polls!
This year the 51st Anniversary Bouchercon is being held Virtually, October 16 - 17, 2020 from Sacramento California. So I'm breaking my once-monthly blog rule to share my first time with you... The fall of 2012, I attended my first Bouchercon (famed world mystery convention.) I was ecstatic it was being held in my hometown … Continue reading Everyone remembers their first time! Mine–October 2012.
It's Christmas Eve, circa 1960! The aluminum tree is up and the children are nestled all snug in their beds. It's time to fill those stockings hung by the chimney with care. You grab the old favorites: some jacks, a sliding puzzle square or Chinese-finger puzzle, a yo-yo, cap bombs, a ping pong paddle or … Continue reading This year’s holiday stocking stuffer…Cherry CHAN Candy!