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