JOHN ANTHONY WEST IS TURNING 85 TODAY, SUNDAY, JULY 9TH!
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Today (9th of July) is the 85th birthday of my close friend and colleague, the man who introduced me to the Great Sphinx (which changed the course of my life), a legend in his own lifetime — and I could go on and on — the one and only John Anthony West. I hope everyone will join me in sending him birthday well wishes. As you may know, he is currently fighting cancer. But, we hope he will soon regain his strength and be back to work (he, and he and I together, have so many projects to complete!). So here is to JAW! Below is a photo taken when we were in Egypt together last summer, as well as a photo of us about a quarter-century earlier.
JAWs STATUS: He is in the late stages of being weaned off the breathing assistance due to the pneumonia that hit him when his immune system was being compromised from cancer. Now that the cancer is under control (as well as the pneumonia), his wife Celesta and son Zeke are prepping him to get out of the hospital and to return to his home in the Catskill Mountains by August 1st.
For those who want to send John a birthday card or gifts, please send your well wishes to his temporary location in Houston or to his home in NY. For those who want to include some financial contributions to get him home and back on his feet, please make out checks to his daughter “Zoë West”, or of course help him via his Fundly campaign that is getting closer and closer to target.
ATTN: John Anthony West
10037 Hazelhurst Dr
Houston, TX 77080
John Anthony West
675 Manorville Rd
Saugerties, NY 12477
Many thanks from John and the West Family!
Clay and Zoe
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Paul Davids is from Bethesda, Maryland, the son of a famous Georgetown University professor of American History, Dr. Jules Davids. Dr. Davids worked extensively with John F. Kennedy on the writing of PROFILES IN COURAGE (for which he is credited in the Preface). Jules Davids was a professor to Jacqueline Kennedy and later to Georgetown undergraduate Bill Clinton. Paul Davids is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in psychology and won numerous awards in writing. He then attended the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies in Beverly Hills. He is married to Hollace Davids, who is Senior Vice-President of Special Projects for Universal Pictures and who has produced several of his films.
After a few years working as a script analyst for Hollywood agent Paul Kohner (where he read all the submissions for Charles Bronson, John Huston and even William Wyler), his career in film and television took off when he got his “first break” as production coordinator (and a writer) of the original “TRANSFORMERS” TV show for Marvel Productions. He co-wrote (with Hollace Davids) THE FIRES OF PELE: MARK TWAIN’S LEGENDARY LOST JOURNAL and the husband and wife team co-wrote six STAR WARS sequel novels for Lucasfilm and Bantam books, including the award-winning MISSION FROM MOUNT YODA plus THE GLOVE OF DARTH VADER, THE LOST CITY OF THE JEDI, ZORBA THE HUTT’S REVENGE, QUEEN OF THE EMPIRE and PROPHETS OF THE DARK SIDE. The books sold millions of copies and were published in many languages.
Paul Davids is a prolific artist whose paintings have been displayed at many galleries
( www.pauldavids-artist.com ) He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and Producers Guild of America. Four of Paul Davids’ films are distributed to TV by NBC Universal’s International TV Division, including “STARRY NIGHT,” “THE SCI-FI BOYS”, “JESUS IN INDIA” (www.jesus-in-india-the-movie.com ) and “BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE” ( www.beforewesaygoodbye.com ). Information on all his films (including “SHE DANCES ALONE”, “TIMOTHY LEARY’S DEAD” and “THE ARTIST & THE SHAMAN”) and his books and music can be found at www.pauldavids.com and some additional info is available at at www.starrynightmovie.com