Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler

Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler

by Chip Jacobs
Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler

Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler

by Chip Jacobs


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Paralyzed from the neck down, Gordon Zahler rose from his deathbed to a fast-talking, Hollywood entrepreneur/idea man who traveled the world, lived hard, married, fantasized about water-skiing and chased his dreams to create one of the largest independent postproduction shops in Hollywood. While this is Jacobs' story about his coming to grips with his deformed uncle, himself and his mother, the silent victim to Gordon's recklessness, Strange As It Seems is also a tip of the hat to the man who turned his back on the notion of I can't.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942600244
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chip Jacobs is the author of five other books: Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler; The Vicodin Thieves: Biopysing L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths; The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman; Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (with William J. Kelly); and the privately issued Black Wednesday Boys. Jacobs’ reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg View, the Daily News of Los Angeles, and LA Weekly, among other outlets. Jacobs, the recipient of numerous writing commendations, lives in Southern California. Visit to learn more.

Table of Contents

Note to Readers xiii

Part I Reel

Prologue: The Flaming Signal 3

Chapter 1 The Local Bad Boy 11

Chapter 2 The Lash 23

Chapter 3 The Late Corpse 33

Chapter 4 Men with Steel Faces 41

Chapter 5 The Great Swindle 49

Chapter 6 Happiness C.O.D. 59

Chapter 7 Dark Skies 69

Chapter 8 Silly Oddities 83

Chapter 9 Scenes Around Hollywood 91

Chapter 10 Roaring Timber 99

Chapter 11 The Big Bluff 109

Chapter 12 Here Comes Flash 121

Part II Roll

Chapter 13 The Little Big Top 133

Chapter 14 Strange As It Seems 145

Chapter 15 The Fine Art of Kissing 157

Chapter 16 What's Your Racket? 171

Chapter 17 Ladies Crave Excitement 185

Chapter 18 Pasadena's Rose Parade 191

Chapter 19 Code of the Fearless 197

Chapter 20 The Whispering Shadow 209

Chapter 21 Law of the Ranger 221

Chapter 22 King of the Wild 233

Chapter 23 Million Dollar Baby 247

Part III Redeem

Chapter 24 The Vanishing Legion 263

Chapter 25 Cavalcade of the West 277

Chapter 26 Kid 'N' Africa 285

Chapter 27 Tars and Stripes 293

Chapter 28 The Lost Jungle 305

Chapter 29 The Lost Jungle 313

Chapter 30 Gordon of Ghost City 321

Chapter 31 Secrets of Hollywood 329

Epilogue: The Speed Reporter 335

Acknowledgements 341

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