7th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

1992–1993. Life was a little scary for me—I started publishing Debbies Book full time. The Cold War ended; we witnessed the LA Riots; CDs eclipsed cassette tapes as preferred music media; web browsers for non-geeks were being developed, and Euro Disney opened in France. TV viewers were crazy for Mad About You and Melrose Place, […]

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6th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

1990–1991. Operation Desert Storm was raging and Grunge was going mainstream. Debbies Book lost its apostrophe as the book evolved beyond just props and set dressing. More advertisers found us, and prop houses and bookstores began selling Debbies Book.

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5th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

1988–1990. Dwight took the easy way out and just added “#5” to the Debbies Book cover, and we were off and running for another year. CDs outsell vinyl records for the first time; NASA first warns Congress of the greenhouse effect and dangers of global warming; and South Africa frees Nelson Mandela after 27 years. […]

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4th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

1985–1986. Nearly 2 billion folks watched Live Aid; Nintendo video games hit the U.S.; and for the first time, the words ‘Debbie’s Book’ actually appeared on the book’s cover. A first class stamp was 20 cents; we mourned the Challenger disaster; people protested the new Coke formula, The Oprah Winfrey Show went national; and Back […]

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3rd Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

1982–1984. We said good-bye to M*A*S*H and hello to Cheers. Gandhi took Oscar’s Best Picture and, with the rise of personal computers, Debbies Book went high tech. For the first time, the book was laid out on a computer and sent to a printer. Little did we all realize how computers and the Internet would […]

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2nd Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

1980. Ronald Reagan was elected president; John Lennon was shot; CNN & MTV were born; everyone loved “Magnum PI”; and the 2nd edition of Debbies Book was published. Still hand–typed on an electric typewriter, the book didn’t have many changes to its format or frequency in the early years. Every July of every other year […]

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1st Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

1978: Richard Pryor was playing at the Pantages Theatre. Cheech & Chong’s “Up In Smoke” was down the street at the movie theatre. California voters approved Proposition 13. President Carter raised the mandatory retirement age to 70, Pope John Paul became the first non–Italian pope in 465 years, and the first public edition of Debbies […]

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Driving Directions on App Update

Well, as I’ve said it a million times: THE DEBBIESBOOK APP IS HERE (on Android and iPhone of course)! Many users asked for voice navigated turn by turn directions (as opposed to the list of directions previously). Well now that is available so if you haven’t updated your app in the last few months go […]

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Android App is Here!

Ever since the release of the iPhone app there has been a growing chant for an Android version. After a lot of hard work it’s here! Of course, before you ask, yes it’s free. Making a user account is easier than ever (brought it down to the very basic questions) and then you are good […]

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PCPA Hosts USITT Mini-Conference

I want to send out a special thank you to Brian Reed, Tim Hogan, Jeff Allen, Mike Dempsey, Libby Appel, and the students of Allan Hancock College for this year’s California USITT mini-conference. The afternoon started off with an inspiring speech by Libby Appel who made the convincing argument not just of the need for […]

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