Why Stevie Can't Date

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iUniverse, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 88 pages
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" as I speed along the two-lane blacktop lined with joshua trees, I open my sun roof, crank up a live version of Take Five and think that, as far as women are concerned, I finally did something right."

Memories of a fair and just childhood, from age eight to 48 and beyond, explain Why Stevie Can't Date, a collection of puckish tales about good and bad women; trying to cultivate the Playboy image at 17 and suddenly meeting a celebrity father who writes for Penthouse; and growing up straight while straddling a line between California and Nevada, the Golden State and Hollywood, the Silver State with its open roads and attitudes, and panorama of entertainment, from Jack Benny to blackjack to bull riding to brothels.

From the drudgery of a low-level casino job to the perks on the next rung; from hitchhiking across the country to meeting the mayor of New York City; from romances that didn't work to romances that did for a while. Sardonic remembrances of subtle adventures by a man who is "in varying degrees, agoraphobic, alcoholic and misanthropic", probably from having lived the reasons Why Stevie Can't Date.

  

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Contents

Prologue
1
Summer Wind Summer
16
My Seventh Car
29
Hey Bartender
46
StoodUp Comedy
60
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Steve Robinson drew upon his own family history for inspiration when he imagined the life and quest of his genealogist-hero, Jefferson Tayte. The talented London-based crime writer, who was first published at age 16, always wondered about his own maternal grandfather He was an American GI billeted in England during the Second World War, Robinson says. A few years after the war ended he went back to America, leaving a young family behind and, to my knowledge, no further contact was made. I traced him to Los Angeles through his 1943 enlistment record and discovered that he was born in Arkansas Robinson cites crime writing and genealogy as ardent hobbies a passion that is readily apparent in his work. He can be contacted via his website www.steve-robinson.me or his blog at www.ancestryauthor.blogspot.com.

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