Currently, I am engaged in several research projects which are listed below, in no particular order. It is my hope that most of these will (eventually) become books of their own. If you have any ideas or information on any of the following topics, please feel free to e-mail me. I'd be grateful!!
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Currently researching and writing the history behind the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Most people aren't aware of the fact that the proposed development of the PSAT was very controversial in the post-war era, and this controversy led to the first true environmental fight in Riverside County. If there is anyone out there who had some part in the development of the Tramway, I'd love to talk to them!
- Riverside County's "Colorful" Figures - Riverside County became the home to some interesting people who dedicated themselves to both being eccentric and also promoting their region and even the County in general. Currently, my list includes "Desert" Steve Ragsdale, Harry Oliver, Wilson Howell, Cabot Yerxa, George Law, Gus Lederer, William "Billy" Pester, Frank Coffey, Paul Wilhelm, and Helene Arlington. These people, and several others, spent countless hours and lots of effort promoting the region, themselves, and in some cases their buildings or developments. Any information about these people would be greatly appreciated!
- The Incorporation of Cabazon - This is a fascinating story of how a small town was talked into incorporating in 1955 to allow card room-style gambling. The main player, Jerry Kosseff, typified the slick Hollywood investor set and masterminded the scheme, only to have it die on the vine for a number of reasons.