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OWAC Conference

I just returned from the Spring conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of California in Bishop, California. I really enjoy that Eastern Sierra town and did some hiking, some off-roading (OHV), and attended the Press conference for the Trout Season Opening.

On the way up, I stopped at Manzanar, the site where Japanese Americans were held during WWII. I also visited the Western Film History Museum in Lone Pine and drove around the historic Alabama Hills where many movies were filmed. Oh, I also found some time for a little trout fishing too.

Second Printing for Las Vegas Legends

I was just informed that Las Vegas Legends is going back to press next week for its second printing. The book, which was a Foreword Review Book of the Year finalist, has been selling well on line and at Las Vegas venues like the Mob Museum.

Mensa on My Mind

I will be giving a slide presentation about Palm Springs history to the San Diego Mensa Society at their conference in Palm Springs on May 26, 2017. I will also be signing my popular Palm Springs Legends book, currently in its fourth printing.

San Clemente in Summer 2018

I have agreed to be the featured speaker at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center in San Clemente at their special exhibit on Baja California on July 19, 2018. Along with my presentation on Baja Legends, there will be art exhibits and much more.

More Big Brown Fun Facts

In going through my files, I notice another article about UPS that did not make the final version of the book. It features short bios about the CEOs of UPS up until the 2007 publication of Big Brown. On my website home page, click on Big Brown Facts to access it and other background info about United Parcel Service.

C-SPAN Book TV Video.

I was featured on a C-SPAN BookTV special they did on Palm Springs. As part of that coverage, I was videotaped in the local Indian Canyons and talked about the history of Palm Springs and my book Palm Springs Legends.

To view, click here for my segment

Amazon Sales, Reviews

All of my books have continued to sell in their usual outlets and on Amazon. I noticed that 62 of them sold on Amazon during the first 10 days of December. Of course, it’s the peak season. Accordingly, I have been receiving more unsolicited reviews. I now have over 80 reviews on Amazon, (almost all fives and fours), for an average of my five books at 4.8. Check to see reviews on my books. Check to see over 50 recent reviews on my books.
Here are some recent ones:
1. Victor Martini reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Great December 23, 2016 Great book, well written about a great company View on Add a comment View this book's reviews on

2. Charlie reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Would never have thought I would enjoy this as much as I have. December 16, 2016 This book not only teaches a history lesson, but it is very much geared toward the values of Jim Casey and how one person could influence a company as large as UPS for over 100 years. Great book for all managers or managers in training. View on Add a comment View this book's reviews on

3. John Boily reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Five Stars December 1, 2016
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4. Mary Griffith reviewed Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on... and the sections are broken up in a way that makes it easy to look up stories from one particular area October 21, 2016 Very readable, and the sections are broken up in a way that makes it easy to look up stories from one particular area. Much of the stories Baja Legends covers can be found in greater depth in other books, but this is good as an overview or brief introduction. The book is legends as much as history - there are several accounts in here, such as supposedly gold-rich 'lost mission' of Santa Isabel, which are certainly more fiction than fact. But it's a good, readable overview of many of the more colorful episodes and characters of this part of the world. View on, Add a comment View this book's reviews on

5.0 out of 5 stars
"Best book on Las Vegas"
By Res3366 on September 5, 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is by and far the best book I found on Las Vegas history, culture, and what is going on. Stops about 2010 so what has happened after that isn't in here but I really enjoyed reading the book, couldn't put it down, and wanted more info.

James reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Fantastic history of this great company. August 2, 2015 Great book to learn about the company. Very helpful for interview prep.
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Don Thornburg reviewed Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on...
Four Stars June 4, 2015
Greg's writing connected me with the adventurers and characters who have touched the wild desert of Baja!
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New! Martin Goldsmith reviewed Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on...
Wants more. September 18, 2015 Having spent a great deal of time, over many years, in Baja California, I am aware of most of places and people that Niemann describes. It was was enjoyable to lose myself in his narrative. My complaint is the limitation of trying to cram the story into too small a basket. The omission of wonderful details of some of the material I know from first-hand makes me wish that there were more details about things with which I am less familiar. If you are a 'newbie', you will be amused and astonished. If you are an old hand, you will be unsatisfied'. I'd love to meet with Niemann and spin yarns.

Review of Baja Legends

Jeaninne Perez of El Caballo Blanco Books in Loreto wrote this very nice review of Baja Legends for the Gringo Gazette.
Review: Gringo Gazette Review, October 2013

San Clemente Journal

The most recent San Clemente Journal article is about actor Steve McQueen who spent time in Baja and raced in the Baja 1000. The article highlights the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Baja 100 this year. You can also access the San Clemente Journal on line.

Baja Bound Bulletin

The Baja Bound Company newsletter features a broad assortment of articles by Baja writers. For the last three years they they have been publishing my articles monthly. A couple of my recent stories are about the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and Dick Daggett, an Englishman who jumped ship to become a Baja pioneer. Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Bajabound: The Big Tuna and the Storm (Award Winner)

Bajabound: The Russians of Guadalupe Valley

Bajabound: The Case of the Mysterious Traveler

Bajabound: Lost in the Dump

Bajabound: El Pescadero (Award Winner)

Bajabound: Finding Real del Castillo

Bajabound: Baja Fever

Bajabound: La Paz

Bajabound: Kayaking (Award Winner)

See and check Travel Adventures for all of them.

Articles for your Enjoyment

Please check "Articles/Blogs" for a few articles I posted.

Writing Awards/Honors


Palm Springs Legends -- First Place -- Book of the Year
(Outdoor Writers Association of California) 2012

Las Vegas Legends - Finalist -- Book of the Year
(ForeWord Magazine Reviews) 2011

Baja Legends - Honorable Mention - Book of the Year (OWAC) 2002

Big Brown - Reprinted in Chinese, Korean, Lithuanian

"The Big Tuna and the Storm" Baja Bound - First Place, Best Outdoor Internet Article (OWAC) 2015

"Baja's Onyx Capital of the Word" Dezert Magazine -
   First Place, Best Outdoor Internet Article. (OWAC) 2013

"Changing Times in Baja" column, San Clemente Journal -
Third Place, News Report (Outdoor Writers Association of California) 2009

"Rafting the Grand Canyon," Web Article -
Honorable Mention (OWAC awards) 2008

"El Pescadero: Respite on the Tropic of Cancer," Baja Bound -
Second Place, Best OWAC Conference Related Work. 2013

"Kayaking Conception Bay," Baja Bound -
Third Place Best Outdoor Internet Article. (OWAC) 2008

"Bewitching, Beguiling Big Bear" Web article, Third Place, Best OWAC Conference Related Work. 2015

Testimonials (Book endorsements)
I have been honored by being asked by various authors to read their books pre-publication for suggestions and comments.

The authors have appreciated it and gave me recognition. I have a testimonial on the back cover of Secrets of Sierra Fishing by Jack Holder, and a thank you blurb in The Informants by La Paz based author R. J. Archer for previewing that book.

My newest one is a blurb on the back cover of Baja California Land of Missions, a new book by David Kier which came out in April, 2016. I also helped proof an advance copy.

Here is the back cover of last year's The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California 1697-1834 by Max Kurillo, Erline Tuttle and David Kier:

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