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Now that Charlie Sheen has his $100 million law suit court case date set, Hollywood (who always packs around money, to do news), is remembering great lawyers of the past who acted on cases of a similar scale.

Today the Hollywood Reporter remembers the legacy of Arthur Crowley, ‘a lawyer who tussled with the likes of Steve McQueen and Howard Hughes.

Now, his former clients, including Joanna Carson, reveal in the new Hollywood Reporter the crafty ways he won his biggest cases and the complex legacy he leaves behind.’

Highlights of the article are:

Robert Evans (a producer) once called him “the toughest Irishman attorney west of Chicago.”

Crowley created news. ‘He turned big-league divorces into can’t-miss showbiz theater. ”He was, in his day, the most famous trial lawyer in Los Angeles,” says Bert Fields, one of today’s most prominent entertainment attorneys.’

He once ‘subpoenaed more than 100 stars including Elvis Presley and Clark Gable to testify in one single case.’

Crowley died at 85. The man who once created pages of headlines of news, got lost in all of the war and natural disasters coverage last week. ‘Indeed, only a 50-word paid obituary in the L.A. Times noted his death, describing Crowley, who ran his own namesake firm, as a “WWII vet, famed trial attorney and loving father,” but offering little else.’

Lawyers are as important scripters of star’s futures as Hollywood screenwriters and producers. Lawyers are like politicians, often better actors than the actors of cultural texts of their times, in carrying out their jobs effectively. To learn more of Crowley in action in his day, READ MORE.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.28.11~



Born this way – I believe that all children of the world were born to have access to clean drinking water whenever they need it.

BTW: At the moment 1 billion people don’t. 2 million children die through not having access to clean drinking water each year.

Born this way to drink clean water – is these kids and their parents’ dream day. We can make it a dream day everyday for them. Let’s make it happen fun people, by clicking on UNICEF’S TAP PROJECT link. Let’s FLOW! Thanks groovy people.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.29.10~

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“Ken has worked in ‘and survived’ ten countries, and loves them all.”

Who: Kennedy Graham

What: Politician, New Zealand for The Green Party. Kennedy entered political life, December 2008.

Skill Sets: The Green Party website writes: “Ken teaches international politics and international law at the School of Law, Canterbury and Victoria University, and has previously worked for NGOs, the United Nations and as a diplomat.

“He was involved in negotiating the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone, defending the policy as a NZ diplomat before the UN in Geneva and New York and was also Director of a UN programme in the Middle East.

“Having returned to New Zealand he now aspires to contribute his experience and perspectives to helping the country tackle the global problems we face.” This man thinks Peace and thinks Green.

Hollywood Claim to Fame: A great grandson of Robert Graham, New Zealand’s first Magistrate and also the Superintendent of Auckland City.

About Robert Graham: Wikipedia says this of the Scotsman turned Kiwi:

Robert Graham (1820–85) was a New Zealand politician. He represented the Southern Division electorate (containing Waikato, Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty and East Cape) in the 2nd New Zealand Parliament from 1855 to 1860.

He then represented the Frankin electorate in the 3rd and 4th Parliament from 1861 to 1868, when he resigned. He was Superintendent of Auckland and served as a provincial councillor at other times.

He has two great-grandsons who are or have been a Member of Parliament. Kennedy and also:

  • Doug Graham was a National MP from 1984 to 1899 and a cabinet minister. You can also see Sir Douglas Graham in a post, where I wrote some poetry in Hollywood, published in the Mauri Ola book of poetry this year. Sir Doug’s picture can be seen here.

I was raised on the stories of Kennedy Graham‘s grandad Robert – who is also my kinsman too through my grandfather, Graham Edward Cruickshank. The oldest firstborn males of the Cruickshank-Graham families all have leather bound copies of Sir Robert’s life story, held within our families. Some days, my father would read me tales of Robert Graham. He read like an action man, in The Adventures of Maoriland – he was brave, had courage like no other settler, and he was confrontational without fear for good causes.

Robert Graham is legendary because he didn’t dare enter political office in New Zealand without first knowing the Maori language. He spoke fluent Maori, Maori Chiefs loved him and he loved to roll out with horis.

He set a star template from what all New Zealand politicians should seek to become as culturally nuanced ambassadors of New Zealand in the World. He realized that if you respect a nation’s Indigenous People like equals, you’ll learn their language before you try and mediate anything with them. If you do, this might make you a global ambassador of all peoples. We have yet to see politicians as a norm, with the same courtesy and respect Robert Graham showed Maori people, he led by knowing our culture in both spirit, tongue, and deed.

Robert and his family have always exemplified unusual success at mediating Peace between people of differing cultures with disputes.

Without meaning to sound nepotistic, Robert Graham is one of my New Zealand heroes. Go here to read, how Kennedy Graham and my family are related. And when I watch this clip of Kennedy, he’s very similar to my dad, when dad was his age. The way their hori (old English for silver) colored hair, falls naturally from their right side part is exactly the same; a rather spooky family resemblance. Both men of conviction and principles.

“Ken enjoys classical music and opera, reggae and folk, philosophy and history, and follows rugby ‘passively yet passionately’” says his political bio.

Mauri Ora Kennedy Graham . See you in the future. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.1.10~


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Words from Hollywood via Oklahoma’s William Hock today: “Homelessness is about being invisible in the eyes of those who have.”

“Today we are seeing more mothers with young children and more mentally ill. We also find more people are one step away from homelessness, living paycheck to paycheck. Contrary to the reported approximately 1,000 homeless in Oklahoma City, over the last 12 months the mission served more than 2,500 new homeless individuals. From July 2009 through June 2010, the mission provided 159,176 bed nights, an average of nearly 450 homeless men, women and children per night. In addition to beds, the mission provides meals, job training, mental health, drug and alcohol counseling, legal, medical and dental assistance and many more services — all at a cost of only $22.40 per person per day.–writes Will Hock of Oklahoma in an article titled, In Defense of the Defenseless.

Featured Charity Spotlight today on Horiwood.Com are organizations, whose workers directly help, serve into, and make a difference to the homeless of Oklahoma City. Three organizations, (including Paul’s), are listed below for you to take a tour (with your wife too, why not?) and speak into precious lives of homeless people in Oklahoma today. Thank you. 

1. The Homeless Alliance – Oklahoma City, OK

2. Hope House of Cherokee County, Tahlekah OK, (no website). Ph no. 918-456-4673; via Artists Helping Children.Org 

3. Services for the Homeless Mentally Ill, Pryor OK

4. City Rescue Mission, 800 W California Ave, Oklahoma City OK

Homeless people are close to where God can be found, because if you believe in God, rationale thinking deduces that just like the homeless, God is ‘invisible’ too unless we collectively A.C.T.

For my atheists, who read this blog: Charities 1 & 3 above, have no religious affiliation whatsoever. 

[Paul Hock is a former chairman of the American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness & Poverty and current chair of the board for City Rescue Mission. He currantly doubles as a director at Crowe & Dunlevy law firm. Will Hock, has: received the Leadership in Law Award, The Journal Record (2006); Received the Oklahoma Bar Association's Public Service Award (2006); Listed in the Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law). What a guy of excellence and achievement in law and community. Homeless Sleeping Quiet Image courtesy of Dallas Observer]

~This post brought to you by the Los Angeles marketing team, of the novel Courage to Love by author Robert Ellis. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.11.10~


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New Zealand’s Maori Queen of Cuisine and daughter-in-law of Sir Thomas Thorp, Anne Thorp, is on a nationwide (NZ) publicity blitz right now. Anne is renowned for producing the best and healthiest organic kai (food) in New Zealand, with… a pinch of Maldon sea salt, sourced from the Mediterranean. Nothing but the best for Anne.

Here’s the latest, just in from Mrs Kai Ora (Anne’s hit TV cooking show name) as she goes to press. In particular, Te Mahi Kai – The Language of Food, is discussed in the article from the AP.

In this pic, Anne wears black on white on blue. At the minute, these colors mean progressive action and direction. A good message if you live in N.Z. Not a bad look. 

Update: New Zealand’s top entertainment Lawyer, Karen Soich, has just emailed saying how good Anne’s new show is, at an early sneak peak viewing. Quality TV production from Pakiri Productions Ltd.

PPL is a little TV company that three of us started when I was a film student and Anne was unknown TV talent but always an outstandingly good cook that we still produce through today.

I still have 33.3% shares in PPL, but you won’t read about that on IMDB. :) 

The show still uses the formats, name and show templates we developed all those years ago, standing the test of time. A good result. 

It’s always a salty show

~Mauri Ora – Life to you!~

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.22.2010~


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