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R. LEE ERMEY CAME TO VISIT ME!!!

Fellow readers and authors, the 28th and 29th of October will hail as the two best days in my entire life! During this time frame the United States Air Force Military Training Instructor's Association (MTIA) had their annual convention at Lackland Air Force Base here in San Antonio, TX. For those of you who do not know what a Military Training Instructor is, well, they're "Drill Instructors". Called MTI's for short, their job is to train basic recruits.

On Friday afternoon, the 28th, I received a phone call from Mr. R. Lee Ermey. Now, for all of you readers out there who don't know who "Gunny" Ermey is, all that's required is to mention a cetain movie or TV show. The movie, of course, is FULL METAL JACKET. That's right folks, Gunny Ermey played the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in that famous film.
The TV show is from the History Channel and is called: MAIL CALL. There ya go, my friends!! Now you know who the Gunny is.
Well, he called me on Friday afternoon and told me he was in Taylor, TX filming the: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING. He asked if there were any events still going on at our convention because he wanted to meet some Air Force MTI's. I informed him there was a "big deal" happening that night. He asked me to drive up to Taylor and pick him up after he finished shooting for the day. That request almost blew my mind!!

So, off to Taylor, TX went my wife and I to pick up the Gunny. Ya know, this is something all of us do each day... well, isn't it?

One hundred and fifty miles to Taylor from San Antonio. We picked up the Gunny and drove one hundred and fifty more miles to the convention. When we walked into that convention room and all those MTI's saw the Gunny, it sounded like a small war had suddenly errupted! Everybody was completely dumbfounded by his appearance at their convention.

We stayed until 12:30 in the morning and watched an exhausted Gunny Ermey treat every-single-one of those MTI's and their families as if he had known them all since childhood. He was absolutely wonderful with all of them.

The Gunny posed for photos with each individual there and signed everything from a small photo to sweatshirts, T-shirts, campaign hats, etc. It was a great experience for them all.

Then we drove home and fed a tired Gunny. We sat in our living room and talked about everything, including my latest book, TUFFY'S HEROES. He had read the book several months earlier and called me at home to tell me how much he enjoyed it. THAT was a shock to my system in itself. I mean, Gunny Ermey...calling me?!

Hearing all the great comment about my "labor-of-love" from him was about as good as it gets! I call it that because it took me 28 years to complete the manuscript.

He told me how much he enjoyed my inclusion of so much humor into such a stressful situation like Basic Training. He went on to say how much our "Training Tactics" from the 60's mirrored those of Marine DI's during the same time frame. He could not say enough about the character of Major Chin Ho Wok. And of course, Major Wok's favorite expression of, "PUCKIN HAT!"

At 2:30 in the morning, the Gunny hit the rack. I awoke him at 0800hrs and we began to pick up where we left off earlier that morning. At 10:30 we drove Gunny to the Austin, TX airport and said goodbye.

Having a famous movie star call you at your home to praise your work is one thing. To have him call again and say he wants to come visit and stay awhile, well, THAT, my friends, is something else!

I am very proud of the wonderful things he said about TUFFY'S HEROES. It's something an everyday author such as myself can only dream will happen. Mr. R. Lee Ermey made my dream come true.

So I say to all you readers out there, get on your computers and go directly to barnes&noble.com and place your orders...NOW! I promise you, TUFFY'S HEROES will make you laugh until the tears flow. And those of you who know nothing about Basic training, well, this will be an "eye-opener" for you.


Tuffy
Newsletter Dated: 10/31/2005 8:52:40 PM

Subject: R. LEE ERMEY CAME TO VISIT ME!!!


Fellow readers and authors, the 28th and 29th of October will hail as the two best days in my entire life! During this time frame the United States Air Force Military Training Instructor's Association (MTIA) had their annual convention at Lackland Air Force Base here in San Antonio, TX. For those of you who do not know what a Military Training Instructor is, well, they're "Drill Instructors". Called MTI's for short, their job is to train basic recruits.



On Friday afternoon, the 28th, I received a phone call from Mr. R. Lee Ermey. Now, for all of you readers out there who don't know who "Gunny" Ermey is, all that's required is to mention a cetain movie or TV show. The movie, of course, is FULL METAL JACKET. That's right folks, Gunny Ermey played the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in that famous film.

The TV show is from the History Channel and is called: MAIL CALL. There ya go, my friends!! Now you know who the Gunny is.

Well, he called me on Friday afternoon and told me he was in Taylor, TX filming the: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING. He asked if there were any events still going on at our convention because he wanted to meet some Air Force MTI's. I informed him there was a "big deal" happening that night. He asked me to drive up to Taylor and pick him up after he finished shooting for the day. That request almost blew my mind!!



So, off to Taylor, TX went my wife and I to pick up the Gunny. Ya know, this is something all of us do each day... well, isn't it?



One hundred and fifty miles to Taylor from San Antonio. We picked up the Gunny and drove one hundred and fifty more miles to the convention. When we walked into that convention room and all those MTI's saw the Gunny, it sounded like a small war had suddenly errupted! Everybody was completely dumbfounded by his appearance at their convention.



We stayed until 12:30 in the morning and watched an exhausted Gunny Ermey treat every-single-one of those MTI's and their families as if he had known them all since childhood. He was absolutely wonderful with all of them.



The Gunny posed for photos with each individual there and signed everything from a small photo to sweatshirts, T-shirts, campaign hats, etc. It was a great experience for them all.



Then we drove home and fed a tired Gunny. We sat in our living room and talked about everything, including my latest book, TUFFY'S HEROES. He had read the book several months earlier and called me at home to tell me how much he enjoyed it. THAT was a shock to my system in itself. I mean, Gunny Ermey...calling me?!



Hearing all the great comment about my "labor-of-love" from him was about as good as it gets! I call it that because it took me 28 years to complete the manuscript.



He told me how much he enjoyed my inclusion of so much humor into such a stressful situation like Basic Training. He went on to say how much our "Training Tactics" from the 60's mirrored those of Marine DI's during the same time frame. He could not say enough about the character of Major Chin Ho Wok. And of course, Major Wok's favorite expression of, "PUCKIN HAT!"



At 2:30 in the morning, the Gunny hit the rack. I awoke him at 0800hrs and we began to pick up where we left off earlier that morning. At 10:30 we drove Gunny to the Austin, TX airport and said goodbye.



Having a famous movie star call you at your home to praise your work is one thing. To have him call again and say he wants to come visit and stay awhile, well, THAT, my friends, is something else!



I am very proud of the wonderful things he said about TUFFY'S HEROES. It's something an everyday author such as myself can only dream will happen. Mr. R. Lee Ermey made my dream come true.



So I say to all you readers out there, get on your computers and go directly to barnes&noble.com and place your orders...NOW! I promise you, TUFFY'S HEROES will make you laugh until the tears flow. And those of you who know nothing about Basic training, well, this will be an "eye-opener" for you.





Tuffy

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