“This book is a refreshing look at those who have
dared to do something different with their lives.”
From the Foreword by Clint Eastwood
Susan Cantrell has interviewed several thousand people
throughout her two-decade, award-winning journalistic
career writing for local and national newspapers and
magazines. For seven years she wrote the weekly column
“Quotable Notables,” for The Monterey County Herald
newspaper, upon which her book is based. She now writes
“Quotable Notables” for Carmel Magazine.
Her signature - according to editors, readers and
interview subjects - is offbeat and thought-provoking
questions that have inspired revealing answers
from such celebrities as: Clint and Dina Ruiz
Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Jay Leno, Joan Fontaine,
Olympia Dukakis, Suzanne Somers, Doris Day, Ted Turner,
Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Brooke Shields, John
Denver, The Smothers Brothers, Olivia Newton-John
and many more. She lives in Pacific Grove, California
where the ocean is her muse.
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is a must read for those who need to define and follow
their own unique path ..." Robert Michael Fried, Fortune
500 marketing strategist; best-selling author, A
Marketing Plan for Life
Whatever your age, the book
Conversations with Extraordinary Monterey Peninsulans
will inspire you to follow your dreams and show you, by
example, how to realize your goals and fulfill
your life’s purpose.
journalist Susan Cantrell hand-picked these most
inspiring 62 people, who overcame rejection and
hardships to become famous nationally or internationally
in 10 fields of endeavor: Acting, Invention, Sports,
Comedy, Fine Art, Literary Art, Aviation, Business,
Spirituality, Partnership. And they all chose to
live in the Eden we call the Monterey Peninsula.
with Clint Eastwood, who worked in a pulp mill and as a
lumber jack to put himself through acting school after
his father told him acting was "all dream world stuff."
interviewees who dared to dream include:
original radio voice of Tarzan, who rose from the
ashes of Hollywood's Black List, and from his sick
bed as a child, to realize his dream: directing
Hollywood's top stars.
diver who swam with sharks, developed the slurp gun
and designed aquarium exhibits around the world,
including the Monterey Bay Aquarium's.
Pulitzer Prize Winner who speaks her mind.
Guinness World Records athlete who did 20,100
sit-ups in 11.5 hours - without a bathroom break -
to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- A man
who migrated with his family of 11, Grapes of
Wrath-style in a Model B Ford from Oklahoma to
Salinas, California where they all worked in the
packing sheds. He is now the CEO of one of the
largest packers in the world and was one of the
founding board members of The National Steinbeck
Chinese woman who escaped the civil war in China,
bundled in swaddling in her mother's arms.
While living in a bamboo hut in Thailand (sometimes
blown down by typhoons) she dreamed of a harmonious
global environment. With too many degrees to name,
this perspicacious poet now works toward that end as
the first female and first Asian president of the
Monterey International Institute of International
woman who escaped Nazi Germany went on to write a
best-seller, was named one of the greatest thinkers
of the 20th Century, and now travels the world with
her genius/author husband, teaching partnership
versus domination to individuals and governments.
mountain climber who helped form a foundation that
builds schools and hospitals for Tibetan children,
and who prefers to sleep bare-footed on a mat on the
floor of his Carmel home, just like many sherpas who
Grammy-winning record producer, after countless
rejections, who was the first to send music to the
moon. His 1,200 hours of taped interviews with
the world's first astronauts are housed at the
Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space
This is but
a small sampling of the awe-inspiring Monterey
Peninsulans you will read about in Starwords.
Their stories of courage and enterprise will encourage
you to reach for and finally realize your own dreams.
You will also learn that these seeming Super Beings are
very human, humorous and vulnerable and suffer from the
same foibles, insecurities and mistakes we all do.
Read Raves About StarWords
Interviews for sample
interviews. Also enjoy Susan Cantrell's monthly
web columns Mental Pause®,
a humorous account of aging: and
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