Why do so many celebrities change their names?

I have had the privilege of meeting a number of important people in my run at life. With several of them I have I have had personal dealings or connections. In 2015 I released a book titled 200 Celebrities Who Changed and How They Found Success. It was overshadowed by the popularity of my phrase origin books, but in its own way it was unique. If you haven’t seen it, and trivia interests you, you may want to get a copy of this book. Below is the Introduction: It’s available on Amazon.

There are numerous reasons why persons in the public eye change their names (or have it done for them). Many times it is simply because their birth names are too long, complex, ethnic, or would be difficult to pronounce or remember. Some have taken their mother’s maiden names, or the surname of a stepfather or first husband which was never dropped. But many others are much more complex. For instance, why did Rudolf Walter Wanderone, Jr. and James A. Moore, Jr. both take the names of fictional characters that they claimed were based on them and how did doing so change their lives forever?

At least 20 featured entertainers who took stage names were from Jewish immigrant families. Many were impoverished; some were abused; several were forced to work as young children to help pay family bills. Many were from broken homes, and some never knew their biological fathers, often being placed in foster care. One worked as a prostitute, one a bootlegger; another was a drug dealer. Several were jailed. One was expelled from school and many were dropouts. How did these broken individuals climb to the top of their professions? It took dogged determination and encouragement, and likely, a new name.

In this pictorial book of trivia, one unique feature is that I include popular actors, singers, dancers, authors, sports figures, magicians, entrepreneurs, broadcasters, models and others who longed to create a public persona which he or she felt was worthy of his or her audience, revealing the circumstances and reasons behind the changes and how they built the public perceptions which took them up the ladder of success. I have been very selective in order to provide a variety of intriguing personalities and stories of overcoming adversity.

Well, it happened again! Thank you!

It was great to see that in addition to 5 other copies of my popular book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions which sold yesterday on Amazon, one individual ordered 17 copies! That happened about a year or so ago when someone ordered 19 copies at the same time. It may be the same person…but I would expect it is a teacher, professor or school ordering them for a class, since I know it has been used as a text book to help teach English as a second language.  I am very grateful for this, and feel honored! But only one copy of the second volume sold yesterday. Of course all purchases are appreciated, but I can’t help but think about all those people who have, and use, my original volume who are missing out on the 1000 + additional entries in the second one which were researched just as meticulously as the others and would improve their library of phrase origins and meanings!

So… If you have the first one, whether you bought it yourself, or received it as a gift, I know you would love Volume II! get your copy today on Amazon or the St. Clair Publications website!

A day which will live infamy

75 years ago today the U.S. Military Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by air and naval forces of the Empire of Japan, plunging the United States into World War II. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously referred to that fateful day as one which would live in infamy, having altered his originally intended word ‘history’ to infamy. Truly it was just that. And 416,000 American soldiers died in that ensuing conflict. But World War II served another, more positive role in history. It turned the United States from a marginal military force to a World Super Power, and brought the country together like nothing else before or since. That generation has been called “the greatest generation.”

This proves that “every cloud has a silver lining,” a saying that has been around since the classic poet John MIlton pinned it in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle in 1634. In spite of the fact that Milton first penned this phrase, it did not become noted as a proverb until Victorian Days. This is only a small taste of the gems found in my popular phrase origin books. This one’s on page 170 of the original Volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Get yours today at the St Clair publications website, Amazon sites worldwide, Barnes and Noble, or at numerous booksellers online around the world. You can even ask your local bookstore to order you a copy, if you prefer.

Meanwhile, keep America in your thoughts and prayers.

 

St Clair Publications proudly presents…

Since our opening in 2008 to publications by other authors, both previously published and new ones entering the public arena, my associates spiritual writer and editor Michele Doucette and graphic designer, webmaster and author, Kent Hesselbein, and I  have worked to provide an array of genres in printed and digital formats. We are part of a community of personalities known for researching historical subjects, then exploding myths about misconceptions.

It is now my pleasure to introduce a groundbreaking new work by Australian theologian and researcher, Barry Page, entitled The Historical Moses Found. The title itself is intriguing. If you like exploring alternative history, purchase a copy today on Amazon in the U.S, U.K.. or Continental Europe. It is also available in Kindle format. It will soon also be available at the St. Clair Publications website.

Unique Adult Coloring Book Released

Adult coloring books are all the rage, and there seems no end in sight! But one which has just been released by Cristal Clear Designs is the most unusual one I have ever seen.. I may be a slight bit prejudiced, but I invite you to check it out for yourself. You see, the talented artist who created all of  these stunning heart designs in my son, John. John has been doing brilliantly colored blacklight poster drawings for several years, and even did an album cover for the rock group Godsmack..

The book is simply called Hearts, and is now available on Amazon. It will make a great gift for all lovers of art and coloring.

https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Cristal-Clear-Designs-1/dp/193578675X/

 

 

Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches continues success

On March 6, 2013, I released the original volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. In less than two weeks, on March 21, it peaked at #1 in Amazon paperbacks in its genre, and # 4,735 in all Amazon paperbacks. It is constantly ranked in the top 1 % of all books in print on Amazon.com. Every time I check out where it is being offered I find new sites. Just today I found it on a site in Singapore. It has received high critical acclaim by newspaper writers and authors, as well as ministers and college professors across the US; been placed in and used in colleges and numerous public libraries. I could go on and on, but there is no need. I have been so blessed that thousands of people have found this book helpful; one even used to teach English as a second language. I am also honored and humbled by this.

That is why I released a second volume two months ago which is already finding a ready marketplace. Both may be yours today on Amazon sites worldwide. Many thanks to each person who has purchased a copy of my books.

Exciting New Novel Release – The Atlantean Identifier by Léopold Álvaro

Every once in awhile a new novel comes along that excites me. This is one of those! And it’s from a great new author, Canadian  Léopold Álvaro!

John is on a quest to find the truth about the discovery of North America. His lead is the lost treasure of the Knights Templar and the legendary Henry St. Clair voyage to Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1398. John soon discovers that his personal quest is interlocked with the past life revelations of his son. Their collective search triggers an investigation of world events, leading them deep down the rabbit hole; a search fraught with intrigue, synchronicity, danger and murder. In the end, the treasure of the Knights Templar is finally located, but unbeknownst to all, its reach has always been beyond worldly measure.

Get your copy today on Amazon!

Well, it’s almost here!

This Thursday is the first of two local book signings for my new book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, Volume II. The first volume is still ranked in the top 1/2 of 1 percent of all paperbacks on Amazon.com, and is also selling in the UK and Continental Europe as well as occasionally in other countries. It has received top reviews by experts in the field of writing, teaching and speaking, as well as the average English speaker, and has been used in helping others learn our language, and selected for numerous libraries. I am very proud of this success, and looking forward to great sales from the second volume which picks up where the other one left off, with meanings and origins of over 1,000 new phrases and proverbs. If you haven’t bought the second one yet (or even the first one), or know someone who would appreciate one for a gift. if you are close enough, come on out Thursday, or go to Amazon or my site at stclairpublications.com where a discount is given when ordering both!

Both Book Signings Now Scheduled

 

 

 

I now have details to the second of my two local library signings of my Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions books, original volume and brand new Volume II.

The first one will be Thursday, October 20 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Magness Library in historic downtown McMinnville, Tennessee. This is an exclusive event.

The second will include me along with two other authors in an event at Morrison Public Library in the center of Morrison, Tennessee.between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday November 5.

At both signings I will have available copies of both books at special discount prices, plus I will be available for photo ops and questions about my work. These books have received high critical acclaim and the first book is in libraries, public schools and Universities across America in the UK and Continental Europe. They are different because of the thousands of hours which went into research over six years to produce as accurate an account of origins and changes through the years as possible, not just cute stories like some books contain. I hope tp see many friends and make new ones!

What are you missing?

Perhaps you are one of thousands who have my first volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions and think you have enough. Well, here’s just a sample of the 1,000 plus new entries in Volume II with their origins:

All bark and no bite

At someone’s beck and call

Be a canary in a coal mine

Beware Greeks bearing gifts

Bless your heart!

Blood money

Blow (or toot) your own horn

Bound and determined

Breathing down someone’s neck

Brothers ion arms

Bum steer

Butter someone up

Call a spade a spade

Calm before the storm

Cardinal rule

Cat nap

Clean someone’s clock

Cock and bull story

Cold as Kraut

Cold hard facts

Conjure up

Cook the books

Cry all the way to the bank

A crying shame

Damaged goods

Darken someone’s door

The devil is in the detail

Digging up bones

Doing a number on someone

Don’t give up your day job

Drama queen

Draw a blank

Drop in the ocean

Dry up and blow away

Duke’s mixture

Dutch courage

Elephant in the room

Expect the best and plan for the worst

Fact is stranger than fiction

The fat’s in the fire

Feed a cold, starve a fever

Fess up!

First past the post

Five o’clock shadow

Flattery will get you nowhere / everywhere

Follow the money

For crying out loud!

From stem to stern

A gentleman and a scholar

Get a handle on something

Get the show on the road

A ghost of a chance

Give away the farm

Going rogue

Good things come in small packages

Grinning from ear to ear

Hard core

Hatched up

Have bigger fish to fry

HAve one’s mind in the gutter

Having eyes in the back of one’s head

Helicopter parent

He who hesitates is lost

Hidden in plain sight

Hog heaven

Hold down the fort

A hop, skip and a jump

Hot off the press

How’s that working out for you?

Hunky-dory

I can resist anything but temptation

If I’d known you were coming I would have baked you a cake

If you don’t like it you can lump it

I’ll be John Brown

In cahoots

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different result

IN the cold light of day

In the middle of nowhere

Well, I could obviously go on and on! But ‘You get the picture!’ If you don’t have the second volume you are missing a lot!

Both are available right now on Amazon worldwide.