About the Author
David Rothel's lifelong fascination with show business began with frequent visits to his local movie theater, where he followed the adventures of his favorite screen heroes. He has since gone from youthful observer to performer, theater producer/director, teacher, and published authority on various aspects of popular entertainment (eleven books in twenty-three years). Mr. Rothel's most recent books have been The Gene Autry Book and The Roy Rogers Book, both reference-trivia-scrapbooks and extremely popular with Mr. Rothel's readers; the revised editions of Lash LaRue, The King of the Bullwhip and Allan "Rocky" Lane, Republic's Action Ace, co-written with Chuck Thornton; An Ambush of Ghosts:, A Personal Guide to Favorite Western Film Locations, to which film historian Leonard Maltin devoted two Entertainment Tonight segments; and Tim Holt, a biography of the popular RKO Western star. Mr. Rothel has been married to his wife Nancy for over thirty years, has three children (Michael, Christopher, and Laura) and four grandchildren (Adam, Ryan, Nicholas, and Alixandra). Mr. Rothel's writing is characterized by thoroughness of research, warmth, wit, and understanding.