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Write Stuff 4/12/13

Halliburton Bio Digs Into Laguna History

John Alt

John Alt

Holding a PhD in English, John H. Alt has written a biography titled “Don’t Die in Bed: The Brief, Intense Life of Richard Halliburton,” about the travel-adventure writer who was famous in the 1920s and 1930s.

Alt’s book on Halliburton partly deals with the building of Hangover House in Laguna Beach. Cost over-runs for the house drove Halliburton to undertake a voyage in a Chinese junk from Hong Kong to the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair, also known as the Golden Gate International Exposition. He and his Sea Dragon crew were lost somewhere in the Pacific and, taking a steep loss, his parents sold the house to Wallace Scott, a WWII Marine fighter pilot, and Scott’s wife, Zolite, a ballerina.

The book can be found at amazon.com. Further information is at Qincunx Press, with web site at quincunxpres.org.

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