Part 38: When Riley Shepard was Riley Cooper in Minneapolis.
Dad, using the name Riley Cooper, produced a live radio show called "Hootenanny Jamboree" from the Flame Cafe in Minneapolis.
Part 37: Jan and Riley
Once, when they were in a group of people, Riley said, "Remember when we met Kris Kristofferson?" Everyone turned to look at Jan.
Part 36: The Promise
Around the time my father met my mother in 1962, his "creative identity factory" was in full force.
Part 35: Riley's Revolving Door
When I saw this drawing in my late father's box of personal mementos, I was stunned. How on earth did Riley get his wife to pose for this?
Part 34: Riley's Roulette
Morris Levy was described by AllMusic as "a notorious crook who swindled artists out of their owed royalties."
Part 33: Burgess Meredith and The Gold Rush
I have no idea if he and Burgess Meredith and Gary Romero made a dime off this album. Or The Quartones, for that matter.
Part 32: Short Blog on Riley's life in 1958
I know he missed his kids, and that my father had no idea how to stay in touch with them once his relationship with his exes was off
Part 31: Outlaws in the Wild Wild West
In the late 1950s, something went terribly wrong for Riley. So wrong that he dragged his wife (kicking and screaming) out of NY.
Part 30: When Norma Was Nineteen
I found a page of my father's journal, and I wasn't sure what to make of it. I read it over and over. I remember our talks about her.
Part 29: The Cat and The Ashes
*The role of Jo's cat in this blog will be played by Sarah Harlett's cat, Alfie... Alfie is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Equity.