Diner Hotline weblog – 8 years old today!!!

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October 31, 2015 is of course Halloween, but also the date marks the 8th anniversary of the creation of this blog! As some of my readers know, Diner Hotline started as the first regular column to ever appear in the publications of the Society for Commercial Archeology (SCA). It was suggested to me by Mike Jackson (then president of the SCA) in the Fall of 1988 during a phone conversation that I could possibly write a piece to appear in the SCA News Journal. The News Journal was the organization’s only regular publication at the time that was a combination newsletter/magazine.

When he suggested to me about writing a column, I first thought… I am not a writer, but then again I read a lot and could probably relate personal tales associated with diners and happen to have had some good info and sources at my disposal to possibly attempt something like this. I also thought that it was an opportunity to be one of the few “non-academic voices” (basically the average everyday roadside enthusiast) contributing to the publication. I even recall saying to Mike… I already have a name for the column, “Diner Hotline”, which had been a sort of inside joke between myself, David Hebb , Dick Gutman and John Baeder. I had been known to call any and all of these guys on the phone when I had some juicy tid-bits of news and other information about a diner. As soon as they answered the phone, I would preface by saying “DINER HOTLINE, DINER HOTLINE” and then impart the info!

Thus, Diner Hotline became a reality and the first short piece appeared in the Spring 1989 edition (Volume 10, Number 1) of the SCA News Journal continuing through to when the publication separated into two different entities, the SCA News (a newsletter) and the SCA Journal (a full fledged magazine) The News was published more frequently while the Journal was twice a year. I opted for Diner Hotline to continue in the Journal (only two deadlines a year). My Hotline contributions went though a whole host of Journal editors over the years and continued until  the Fall 2007 edition of the SCA Journal when I retired the column.

Shortly after I retired the column (almost immediately actually) my good friend Brian Butko mentioned to me in passing that I should start a blog! So I asked him some questions about how to go about doing this and by the last day of October of 2007, the blog was born!

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So I want to mention that coming up really soon, I will be reviewing the new book about my pal John Baeder (John Baeder’s Road Well Taken). Written by Jay Williams, it is an extremely heavy book (figuratively as well as literally). It is filled with many of his paintings (diner and non-diner) and delves into John’s psyche and how all the influences in his life lead him to become one of the internationally renowned artists of our time.

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Also, I have another Author event coming up on Friday evening, November 6th at Gibson’s Bookstore (Concord’s indie bookstore since 1898) in downtown Concord, NH. Starting at 5:30pm with a small slide presentation followed by a book signing for my New Hampshire Diners: Classic Granite State Eateries. Gibson’s Bookstore is located at 45 South Main St, Concord, NH 03301

http://www.gibsonsbookstore.com/event/nh-diners

Another Author Event, August 15th at Barnes & Noble – Portsmouth/Newington, NH

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I have another Author Event for my New Hampshire Diners book is slated for the New Hampshire Seacoast area, tomorrow – August 15th at the Barnes & Noble store at Fox Run Crossings, 45 Gosling Road (The Crossings), Newington, NH 03801 – Phone Number (603) 422-7733  or go online for directions. It is about a mile from the Portsmouth Traffic Circle convenient to U.S. Route 1, I-95 and NH Rtes. 4 & 16

The event is from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

I have heard since they started advertising it last month with a display, they have sold a bunch of books. I emailed them this morning and they asked me to bring extra copies if I have them and they will reimburse me with new copies if we have to get into my stash!

Author Event @ Barnes & Noble – Nashua, NH

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This coming Saturday, June 20, 2015, I am doing an author’s event for my book New Hampshire Diners: Classic Granite State Eateries at the Barnes & Noble store located at the corner of Daniel Webster Highway and Spit Brook Road in Nashua, NH. I will be holding forth between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Signing books and talking about diners!

1st official NH Diners presentation/lecture – March 28, 2015

I have put together the 1st official Power Point slide presentation for a lecture that is based on my New Hampshire Diners: Classic Granite State Eateries book. The date is Saturday – March 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM and will be held at there Sandown Public Library – 305 Main Street Route 121A in Sandown, NH. This presentation has a short diner history section at the beginning as well as a new video feature at the very end. I am excited to do this revamped show and may make similar changes for the one based on the Classic Diners of Massachusetts book. I have been told that seating is limited so if you are planning to attend, give the library a call at 603-887-3428.

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TV appearance this week to publicize New Hampshire Diners book

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I am pleased to say that I will be making an appearance on the TV show “New Hampshire Chronicle” to help publicize my recently published book, New Hampshire Diners: Classic Granite State Eateries! This will be on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm on Channel 9, WMUR-TV out of Manchester, NH. Also appearing will be diner owners including Jeff Day of Plain Jane’s Diner, Dori Dearborn of the Main Street Station Diner, Rose Pucci of the Union Diner and Carol L. Lawrence of the Red Arrow Diners. If you do not get this station locally, it will be on their website probably within a few days of the initial air date. I will be posting a link when it is up.

First Author Event for New Hampshire Diners book set

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The first Author Event for my book New Hampshire Diners: Classic Granite State Eateries is set for Sunday, October 26, 2014. It will be at the Barnes & Noble store in Salem, NH! I will be signing books from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Here is the announcement from their website…
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4767982
The store is located at 125 S Broadway Route 28 in Salem, NH right across the street from Rockingham Park Racetrack. Phone is 603-898-1930

New Hampshire Diners: Classic Granite State Eateries available for pre-ordering

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While the official publishing date for my New Hampshire Diner book is October 7th. I was contacted by my publisher the other day and was told the book is now available for pre-ordering! It is getting closer to reality! If anyone is interested, there are at least 3 different places to pre-order the book. The first is directly from my publisher… The History Press, you can check it out here at  https://historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/New-Hampshire-Diners/9781626194014.
Another place is Amazon… http://www.amazon.com/New-Hampshire-Diners-Eateries-American/dp/1626194017
and still another would be Barnes & Noble… http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new-hampshire-diners-larry-cultrera/1119826883?ean=9781626194014.

If you want to see a little tease as to what’s inside check out this link at…

http://books.google.com/books?id=TmxhBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA12&lpg=PA12&dq=new+hampshire+diners:+classic+granite+state+eateries
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