On Saturday, I went to Palm Springs for a friend's book launch party. My friend's name is Steve Vaught, and he just wrote this pretty impressive book:
But first, some background about Steve and about the book.
I met Steve around 1997-98. He and my friend Dee were heading a rights-research project at MGM. I had just split up from Husband No. 1, and needed a job. Dee brought me in. This was before law school, and in fact, was the impetus for law school. There I met not just Steve, but also our other friends Taylor, Lisa, Darren and Marie Anne.
Steve's passion has always been the history of buildings, and what role the buildings have played in the local history. He's an expert on all things Hollywood and Los Angeles and, now that he's in Palm Springs, he has become as expert on all things Palm Springs. When I was there in April for the Palm Springs Photography Festival, he gave us a private tour of the O'Donnell house - O'Donnell was one of the founders of the city.
This is his first published book. More will follow. But this is the first. It is a history the Committee of Twenty-Five, a gentlemen's club founded in 1948. The club's purpose, as Steve tells us, is and has always been to "'encourage the development and civic betterment of Palms Springs and the desert area.'"
The book's launch was the Committee of 25 club, where a reception was held, and Steve signed books till his hand fell off.
The club has a rich history, enough to fill a book. The book has lots of old timey photos, if words are not to your liking. But Steve! Steve is a fantastic writer, so if you have even the remotest interest, let me know, or contact the club in Palm Springs, they no doubt would be thrilled to sell you a copy.
Steve has put together a brilliant first book, and we are all very proud of our friend. Here are some pics of the "we."
This is Steve, the man of the hour. Here he is listening to speeches by important folks about the club and about the book and the effort it took to get it done, and people are being thanked for their invaluable contributions.
Steve briefly talked about getting the book done. It was probably the most understated speech about what it took to get a book done in the history of speeches about what it took to get a book done.
Friends Marie Anne and Dee.
Lorraine, Dee, Taylor, Ramy.
Friends and family came from far and wide to honor Steve's achievement. Steve is a wonderful, good person, and a great friend. And he also happens to be the funniest human being on the planet. There was eating, drinking, rejoycing, laughing, and catching up.
Can you think of anything better?