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Books by Gene Blottner
About the Author
About the Author
Book Review

The author was born in Norfolk, Virginia on October 18, 1938. At the age of seven, he was introduced to the Saturday western and serials at the Visulite Theater in Norfolk. He enjoyed the exploits of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Wild Bill Elliott, Johnny Mack Brown, Charles Starrett, Lash LaRue and Tim Holt, among others. Later, he switched allegiance and attended the Plaza Theater where Roy, Gene, Hoppy, Rocky and Lash rode the silver screen.


He attended the Pharmacy School at the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in the mid to late fifties but was able to see Bill Elliott, Tex Ritter, Charles Starrett, Russell Hayden and Donald Barry at the Grand Theater in downtown Richmond.


After graduation, he practiced pharmacy as a pharmacist- manager with the Peoples Drug Store chain before switching to hospital pharmacy at Norfolk General Hospital (now Sentara). During his career with Sentara, he became Assistant Director and then Director of Pharmacy. Furthering his education, he attained his Masters in Business Administration degree at Old Dominion University.


In 1980, with his wife and 9 year old son, he began attending the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina. They, also, attended festivals in Asheville and Knoxville.


After his early retirement, he wrote articles on western leading lady Betty Miles for "Western Clippings" and "Under Western Skies". With these articles under his belt, he wrote "Universal International Westerns, 1947- 1963", published by McFarland & Company. A second book, "Universal Sound Westerns, 1929-1946" was published by McFarland in October 2003.  His third book, "The Life and Films of Wild Bill Elliott," will be available in the spring of 2007.


He regularly moderates panels at the Western Film Fair and the Williamsburg Film Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is also one of the directors of the Williamsburg festival.


He is currently working on his latest book, "The Columbia Pictures Movie Series" that will cover the films of Blondie, Boston Blackie, The Durango Kid and others.