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Issue #30 June 2024

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Every month, you'll read stories that I've written from my interviews with Hollywood celebrities of the past and present. Each star has expressed to me in conversation, their thoughts and wisdom, that I've put together in a wonderful story to share with you, as I have always done throughout my entire career.

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His Vow to Raise His Kids With Love 

Written By Jay Christian


Although two years passed before this interview was granted, Michael was apologetic that I had to wait so long to talk to him. Sadly he passed away in 1991, but  I feel this story is important, as he shared his opinions, in his own words, telling me how his early years influenced his beliefs. 


Michael Landon, the star of Highway to Heaven and Little House on the Prairie, has raised nine children. Learning from his experience in a hate-filled home as a child, Landon, has developed some strong views on child rearing.


"I’m the kind of person who said I was going to raise my kids the opposite way I was raised because I just didn’t want it to be the way it was when I was a child," he said.


The problem that existed in Michael's house as he was growing up, was that his parents did not talk or communicate with each other. He said, "I lived in a house where my parents didn’t speak to each other for a month or two months at a time. There was a great deal of prejudice in my house. It was hard for my sister and myself."


Living in a tension-filled house every day, is very unhealthy. 


"If there is a whole lot of hate, as there was in my family when I was a child, it isn’t a healthy environment for the children. If I was going to say one thing that’s the most important, I’d have to say I’m against people who judge other people." Michael said with concern and continued, "There are a lot of bigots around. I grew up with it. My father hated Catholics- my mother was a Catholic- and my mother was anti-Semitic- my father was Jewish. Why they ever got married, I don’t know. I would have much preferred my parents getting a divorce."


When Michael was a child, many parents didn't get divorces like today, so the children in the household took the tension. His parents relied on his advice, but it was too stressful for a kid to handle at such a young age. Michael continued, "I look back on it now and I feel that in many ways, I was the 'glue' that kept the family together. And I shouldn’t have been. Why they ever listened to a little kid like me, I have no notion. When you’re little, you don’t want your family to break up, even if your life is terrible, because you always think it’s going to get different. But it doesn’t in many cases."


Michael feels that a lot of parents don't put their children first by caring and spending time with them. That absence could reflect to negative feelings for the rest of their lives.


Michael said, "I think most people don’t spend time with their kids because they don’t care to, not because they don’t have the time. There’s a lot more time in everybody’s day or week than we realize. I think if you just don’t think of yourself all the time, you’ll probably have enough time for other people. It isn’t necessary to keep working after hours. I don’t work at night. When I’m done with the day, the day is over and my business is behind me. My dad was a person who worked all the time, day and night. He was a district manager for theaters. He would leave at 8:30 in the morning, work all day, come home an hour for dinner and go back to work, returning home at midnight. So we would see him for a brief hour. I felt cheated because I didn’t get to know him. And he didn’t know who I was," he said sadly.


Michael feels that children should feel comfortable around their parents and that the doors of communication should be open.


"I think the basic thing is to make sure all the channels are open. I never want my kids to feel there is something they can’t discuss with me. My kids are very open, regardless of what the topic might be in terms of conversations with me. We talk about everything. I think it’s a mistake if the parents are having a problem to always keep it quiet from the children. I believe in listening to your children, respecting what they have to say. I think listening and loving each other is important."


To have nine children is a large responsibility emotionally for parents. Michael feels trying your best, is one of the keys to the success of parenting. 


"My definition of a good parent is trying- somebody who tries to do his best. Today, I respect my kids as individuals. That covers a lot of areas. For instance, it covers the right to be unhappy if they choose. Maybe the kids aren’t in the mood to have a good time and that’s their right. All I ask from my kids is this: If you’re in a lousy mood, don’t ruin my time. If you’re in a bad mood and feel like being alone, that’s perfectly normal. I feel if they’ve got a problem and they want to talk about it, okay, let’s talk about it. But if they’re in a really lousy mood, I’d rather they went on their own. At those points, you have to let time take care of it and let everybody do some thinking to work things out," he said wisely.​​


Michael believes that parenting is about caring for your children and having them know that you love them. "My goals for my kids are to be healthy, happy, caring and kind. What else could you ask for? I never tell my children they should be so lucky living a good lifestyle. I think kids only tend to realize things like that later in life," he said.


Michael's words of wisdom on raising children- "Children need understanding. But you can’t deal with kids collectively, as if they’re all in the same boat. You have to weigh each child as an individual. All kids are different- which is the wonderful thing!" he said.*


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Lornezo Lamas

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His Fitness Secrets 

Written by Jay Christian


At 66 years old today, Lorenzo Lamas still keeps a fit physique. This following story from the past, proves that a healthy lifestyle for many years adds to longevity today. Here is his story.


Lorenzo Lamas has been a heartthrob on television for years. At 6 foot 2 inches and 180 pounds, the actor confessed, that staying away from bread and junk food, along with a strict diet and exercise routine, keep him in top physical form.


Lorenzo said, “I’m not a big fan of bread. There’s something about bread that doesn’t work with me. I can feel the particular fattiness start happening when I eat a lot of bread. It’s very starchy. I’ll eat it on the weekends if I feel like it, but I try to stay away from it,” he said.


“I need carbohydrates though. The way I take care of that is, instead of bread, I’ll have brown rice or I’ll have beans. I’ll eat some kind of vegetable that has carbohydrates in it.”


He continued, “For me, I eat things to keep my energy up, not drain it out. I stay away from junk foods and bread all week. My diet reflects on my stamina. At the studio, they have a catering truck and you can have a five course meal. I look at some guys that eat all that and they are just dragging for the rest of the day. All the blood that is suppose to be in their heads to think, is in their stomach, working on all that food that they ate,” he said.


Lorenzo’s diet-Breakfast: 2 cups of Grape-Nuts® cereal with low-fat milk, honey and sometimes a banana over it; other times- 1 cup cottage cheese with some sliced up fruit- melon or grapefruit.

Mid-morning: A protein bar- Tiger’s Milk® or some trail mix.

Lunch: “For lunch, I’ll have a chicken or tuna fish salad or maybe a plate of steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, string beans and some form of squash. I like them fresh, not frozen. I’ll melt some Cheddar cheese and pour that over it, just because I like the way it tastes.

Dinner: “I usually eat dinner at about 7:30 p.m. I’ll eat chicken or fish, broiled, with steamed vegetables, a side of rice and a salad. I’m not a big fan of red meat. I do eat it- I have cravings for T-bones, but I try to limit my intake. And for dessert, I’ll have some fruit and plain yogurt with a little honey.

Liquids: 8 glasses of Mountain Valley® spring water; 1 quart low-fat milk; 1 quart orange juice.“


There are sparkling waters I like with natural juices added to them, like Hansen’s®. Another kind is New York Seltzer®: black cherry, orange, lemon-lime. I’ll go for those before I’ll even reach for a diet drink."


“I don’t always drink a lot of liquid when I’m eating. I don’t think it’s a terribly good idea to drink while you’re eating your food. You want the juices in your mouth that have the acids in them, to start working on your food. By the time it gets to your stomach, it’s already digesting. If you dilute it with any kind of a drink- water, soda pop, milk or even orange juice, it tends to work against your digestion. That’s what creates stomach aches, cramps or gas and all that stuff. So, I tend to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but preferably without having anything to eat at the same time," Lorenzo explained.“


My favorite food group of course, is fruit. I have a sweet tooth sometimes, so I’ll eat a pear or an apple.         


“For vitamins, the only thing I take is a vitamin C 500 mg. and one B complex.”         


Lorenzo follows his strict diet all week and feels because he’s so active, it’s okay to treat himself two days a week. He said, "On the weekends, I let myself go. I have pancakes on weekends. I have ice cream. If I go somewhere and they’re having some great hamburgers, I’ll have one. I’m on a five days watch-what-I-eat diet, then two days relax and that tends to work for me."         


“With sleep, I try to get at least 5 to 6 hours. Sometimes it’s difficult (to get through the day) and I’ll take a little nap.”


Exercise- Lorenzo has a ten-speed bike and he’ll ride 2 to 3 times a week for 10 miles.         


“I like to ride a bike for a good workout. Riding a bike is the best exercise you can do. It’s a smooth cardiovascular workout without creating any stress on the joints. i.e. ankles, knees and hips. It’s very rhythmic, like swimming, which is my second favorite form of exercise. I find that the combination of riding my bike and swimming are the best forms of exercise. It exercises every part of my body.


"The actor prefers to do more than one type of exercise weekly. “Usually, I’m up at 4 a.m. to go surfing, four times a week, for about two hours each time. It’s a great workout. I’ve been surfing for about fifteen years. It works out the whole top half of my body, and my legs as well. If I don’t surf in the morning, I surf at night just before the sun goes down, when the tides come up. It’s my alone time.”         


The other form of exercise Lorenzo enjoys is karate. He said, “The type of karate that I’ve been taking is Taekwondo. It’s light contact with an opponent. Taekwondo is mostly leg techniques. High kicks, hook kicks, spinning kicks, roundhouse kicks, fun kicks, sidekicks- you’re using your legs a lot."         


“I do karate for the mental workout. It’s total isolation. When I’m in karate class, I’m not thinking of anything else. I’m concentrating on totally developing the skill. I go to a two hour class, three times a week and it’s an aerobic type of workout. First, I’m jumping up and down and stretching everything out: legs, back, neck, arms and upper body for about 20 minutes. Then, we’ll go through some self-defense techniques for 20 minutes. Next, we’ll spar for 20 minutes, which means light contact with an opponent and that really works you out."         


He continued, “As you know, your legs are the strongest and also the heaviest part of your body. I have my legs up in the air for about 20 minutes and I’ll tell you, it’s exhausting! I’ve been doing this for 7 years and I do it for the tremendous workout. I feel wonderful after class and I’m learning a skill." He added, “If I’m on location and I can’t do karate, my reflexes begin to slow down, my energy level drops. I’m hooked on this form of exercise- martial arts. It not only works out your body, but it incorporates a lot of concentration from your mind."Lorenzo feels exercise goes hand in hand with mental health.        


​“My exercise helps my acting. I think the main energy you have in your body, directly corresponds to the energy output that you’ll give in your mind. If you’re working out to get in shape, you’re feeling better about yourself. You’re feeling confident and you have a good attitude about yourself. If you feel good about yourself, you’re going to feel good about the people around you. Exercise is a very important part of life.” *





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Donny Osmond

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4 to 5 large boneless chicken breasts

2 (26 oz.) cans cream of chicken soup

1 (16 oz.) container of sour cream

1 (7 oz.) can diced mild green chilies

1 small onion

1 bag shredded cheddar cheese

1 bag soft corn tortillas

2-3 cups light olive oil

Pico de Gallo




Boil chicken in water and chopped onion until tender. Take out of water and cut into small diced pieces; set aside. In saucepan slightly fry each tortilla in heated olive oil just until bubbling, not hard (a couple seconds will do).  Take each one out after it is cooked, place aside on paper towel to soak up excess oil.  Place onto plate and set aside.  Mix soup, sour cream, and green chilies together. Add chicken mixture.  Put 4-5 tortillas in bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. Spoon a little chicken mixture on top of tortillas and sprinkle with cheese. Keep layering in dish until gone.  Finish it with cheese on top.  Bake uncovered at 350 until heated through, about 1 hour. Enjoy with Pico de Gallo on top.


Donny Osmond's Favorite Chicken Enchiladas


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Jay Leno





2-3 dozen chicken wings

1 can Italian plum tomatoes

Olive oil

Garlic or garlic powder

Durkee® (or Frank's) Hot Sauce






Cook chicken wings by broiling or lightly flour them and deep fry in safflower or peanut oil. While they are cooking, prepare the sauce.


Heat 1/8-inch of olive oil in a pan, add garlic powder or crushed garlic to taste. Mash one can of whole plum tomatoes through a sieve and cook in the olive oil. Add a few teaspoons of chopped parsley and salt to taste – then cook about 20 minutes. At the end of this cooking time, add Durkee® Hot Sauce (put a little or a lot, depending on how hot or mild your taste), but put in at least 2 tablespoons or the sauce won’t be as tasty. Add a little garlic powder and cook another 3 to 4 minutes.


In a bowl, toss the chicken wings with ½ cup of the sauce & serve with the remaining sauce on the side to dip the wings into.



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