by Peter Harry Brown and Pat H. Broeske
Howard Hughes was one of the most amazing, intriguing, and controversial figures of the twentieth century. He was the billionaire head of a giant corporation, a genius inventor, an ace pilot, a matinee-idol-handsome playboy, a major movie maker who bedded a long list of Hollywood glamour queens, and ultimately a bizarre recluse whose final years and shocking death were cloaked in macabre mystery. In this fascinating, revelation-packed national best-seller, the full story of one of the most daring, enigmatic, and reclusive power brokers America has ever known is finally told.
The New York Times, February 5, 2006
During her brief lifetime, Elizabeth Short never starred in a single movie. There is no record of her having played so much as a bit part. Yet within popular culture, Short — who frequently told friends she wanted to break into show business — has emerged as something of an honorary leading lady whose shadowy life and violent death follow the contours of a classic film noir script.
Pat H. Broeske served as a segment producer / associate producer / senior researcher on this weekly, one-hour documentary series from Langley Productions (the creators of “COPS”). Via exclusive footage, expert commentary and personal interviews, the show examines the world of crime and punishment through the eyes of those in the trenches: victims, police officers, lawyers, the criminals themselves, and more. First aired in 2000-2001 on Court TV and later, truTV.
Orange Coast, September 2012
Since Jeff’s death, his music has been named to assorted critics’ best lists. There have been biographies and articles and numerous documentaries—and, as a result, the posthumous spotlight has found his father, who was previously eclipsed by psychedelic, in-your-face ’60s acts. Tim also is the subject of several biographical books and a slew of print appreciations. His music is being rediscovered.
American Archaeology, Summer 2012
In a city renowned for reinvention, where non-indigenous palm trees dot the landscape and cosmetic surgeons are as ubiquitous as freeways, the priceless collection of a landmark museum is getting a makeover. Packed away for decades, the artifacts at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian—Los Angeles’ oldest museum—are seeing the light (as much as is museum-safe), in an ambitious conservation and rehousing effort.