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Alfred Hitchcock in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted on November 28th, 2016
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Alfred Hitchcock definitely had an affinity for Northern California. He and his wife, Alma, purchased a home in Scots Valley, just south of San Francisco, in 1940. Part of this attraction had to do with Hitchcock’s fondness for wine: in fact, he acquired a vineyard that was adjacent to his property, a vineyard which he […]

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Mister Hollywood Is Back

Posted on November 25th, 2016
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At one time, Warren Beatty was christened Mister Hollywood. His lengthy list of achievements in the motion picture business is almost second to none. Beatty is the only person to have been twice nominated for Academy Awards for direction, writing, acting, and producing the same film – Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981). In […]

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A Final Word on Truman Capote

Posted on November 22nd, 2016
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                  Several of our readers have asked questions about Truman Capote, so we thought we would follow up with a few brief observations about his career. We have written about his friendship with Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, as well has his magnificent “Black […]

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Thanksgiving Visitor

Posted on November 21st, 2016
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Before we get to the central theme of this blog, we here at Martin Oaks would like wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Happy and a SAFE Thanksgiving. Since Martin Oaks is a crematory, we are quite aware of the fact that deaths in the United States spike on Thanksgiving and remain elevated through the winter […]

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Sudden Death & Grief

Posted on November 8th, 2016
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Last weekend, my family and I had dinner at our favorite local restaurant. Just before the meal was served, at the table next to us a middle aged gentleman, who also was dining with his family, was seized with what proved to be a heart attack. A doctor, who was also in the restaurant, ministered […]

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