Dan Tabler

Record Observer - - Opinion -

re­cently about the au­thor Stephen King. I had just shelved a cou­ple of his books at the li­brary the day be­fore and won­dered just how pop­u­lar he was with lo­cal read­ers.

The piece in the pa­per noted that he was 68 and had just put out an au­dio­book nar­rated by Will Pat­ton called “End of Watch.” King has sold a total of 350 mil­lion books, writ­ten 57 nov­els, all thrillers, and eight non­fic­tion works. He has the 2003 Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion Medal for Dis­tin­guished Con­tri­bu­tion to Amer­i­can Let­ters, and the 2007 Grand Mas­ter Award from the Mys­tery Writ­ers of America.

The li­brary has two shelves of his 50-plus best-sell­ers avail­able; be sure to pick one up. Sum­mer­time is great read­ing time!

••• 50 YEARS AGO I al­ways look over the From the Past col­umn in the Record Ob­server weekly, es­pe­cially the 50 years ago is­sues as I was editor back then in 1966.

The col­umn was in­ter­est­ing to me this past week as it talked about 17 more cars that had been added to the rear-end col­li­sions on the sin­gle Bay Bridge that had been plagu­ing mo­torists for a long time on the two-lane span.

I re­call that I used to call the bridge of­fice and talk to Lou Kel­ley, the head of main­te­nance on the bridge, who would let me know

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