“Going Back in Time” by A.D Winans

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James Dean as Call Trask in the bean fields, East of Eden 1955

GOING BACK IN TIME

When I was young
I drove to Salinas
And ran through the bean fields
Pretending I was James Dean in East of Eden
Stopped off in Monterey walking Cannery Row
Imagining myself packing sardines in between
Midnight conversations with Doc and the boys

Driving to Carmel I scribbled a poem on a cocktail napkin
That later became the Title for my first book of poems
But the rents were high and the job pay too low
So in 1964 I took my first full time job in Modesto
Driving on weekends to Stockton’s public square park
To drink with the wino’s
In Crow’s Landing I drank with unemployed Mexicans
At run-down cantinas
In North Beach and the Mission District
I hung out with deadbeats and losers
Street people fighting junkie tremors and cirrhosis of the liver
In the Fillmore I cut my teeth on jazz
Let…

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An Interview with Val Holley

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Val Holley is author of the books James Dean: The Biography, Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip, and 25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation Along Ogden’s Rowdiest Road.

Can you tell us a little about yourself for those that might not be familiar with you and your work?

I got a bachelor’s degree in journalism, then went to law school–but that was not a match made in heaven. Once, when I was at the library and should have been studying for a Real Property final, instead I was browsing through the Hollywood biographies and found references to James Dean in a Montgomery Clift biography. Immediately I started reading everything about James Dean and determined that there had been no accurate, scholarly biography on him. I decided to step up to the plate and write it myself. I came to feel that writing history…

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An Interview with Mark Kinnaman

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Mark Kinnaman is the current vice president of the James Dean Remembered Fan Club as well as an organizer at Back Creek Friends Church in Fairmount, Indiana, and shipping manager at Daddy-0’s.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? What do you love most about that place?

I was raised outside of Frankton ,Indiana just 18 miles from Fairmount in Madison County. I watched East of Eden on a rainy Sunday afternoon in April of 1969. I never had a movie or an actor affect me like that. I was mesmerized from the very first of prowling thru the streets until the very emotional ending. It still affects me every time that I watch it.

When did you first learn of James Dean and his various works? What did it feel like?

My father told me that James Dean was from Fairmount and the…

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An Interview with Iain McCaig

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Iain McCaig

Artist, storyteller, teacher, husband and father Iain McCaig has worked on films such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, Charlotte’s Web, Hook, Terminator 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the most recent adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, just to name a few. He is best known for designing the characters Padme Amidala and Darth Maul for the Star Wars series. His artwork has appeared in the Art book, Shadowline, which features 28 years of his artwork in the Entertainment Industry (as well as insert Art classes, and a fictional story about his creative process);a cover for an audiobook of The Hobbit, an Alice In Wonderland illustration in the new edition of The Annotated Alice, and an album cover for Jethro Tull’s Broadsword and the Beast. He won the Grand Master Award…

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An Interview with Denn Pietro

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Owner of Whatantics Entertainment, Denn Pietro has worked as a TV field producer and/or direction on such projects as ABC Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline, and countless other shows including trials on Court TV/Tru TV trials. He was a director and camera operator for the world record and media feed of Saddam Hussein’s War Crimes Trial in Baghdad in 2006-2007 while working for the U.S. Regime Crimes Liason’s Office in conjunction with the Iraqi High Tribunal.

In 2000 Denn Pietro set out to bring the world an intimate look into the world of James Dean with his documentary James Dean: Born Cool. Granted exclusive access to whatever was needed to honor the memory and life of Dean by Executive Producer Marcus Winslow Jr. Pietro managed to create one of the most enduring documentaries to date. It was an honor to be able to bring our readers a…

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An Interview with Jim Hayes

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Jim Hayes is best known as a community leader for the MainstreetFairmount.org to preserve the streets of Fairmount, Indiana. He is also a distant cousin of James Dean.

What was it like growing up in Indiana as you did?

I grew up during the 1940’s and 50’s when the country was at its zenith; good jobs were plentiful and the future bright. What kid wouldn’t want to grow up where the four seasons are spring, summer, fall and basketball? In my early years there were trees to climb, woods and fields to explore, western movies on Saturday morning with popcorn, coke and a Hershey bar. Carrying a pocket-knife to school was acceptable and every boy had one. As a teenager it was girls, drive-in movies, cool cars, drag racing and basketball. What’s not to like?

Why did you feel compelled to go into civic work as you have?

 I…

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