"What impresses me is the flavor and cadence of the writing. They were all David. It was a joy to read and brought back so many memories of my own." - Les Lannom, actor
"I didn't feel like I was reading a book; instead, it felt like I was listening to actual conversations taking place. It was an honor to see the friendship between Phelps and Janssen grow throughout the years." - author, Norma Budden
Michael Phelps crossed paths with David Janssen, star of The Fugitive TV series, when working security detail at a party Janssen was attending in Los Angeles.
Little did either anticipate that one conversation would be the beginning of a friendship which would span 15 years – up to the time of Janssen's unexpected passing.
Michael Phelps, co-author of David Janssen – My Fugitive, written with Ellie Janssen (David Janssen's first wife) was encouraged to write about his friendship with the star.
After giving it some thought, Phelps decided to make an attempt at providing Janssen's fans with a glimpse into the heart and soul of David Janssen, the man he was when not in front of the camera's eye.
Phelps re-visited hundreds of conversations he and Janssen shared about various subjects including his marriage to, and divorce from, Ellie Janssen; his relationship with Rosemary Forsyth; his thoughts about the people he held close to his heart; his alleged womanizing and drinking habits; his impressions of the various people he met in the acting business, from producers, directors and writers to the actors themselves; his courtship, marriage to (and planned divorce from) Dani Greco; his thoughts about certain roles and characters he played and a host of other subjects.
Alas! David Janssen – Our Conversations was born, an undertaking which would take in excess of four years to complete, a memoir in which Phelps shares many of the conversations he and David shared with the world but, especially, David Janssen's fans.
This story is told in two volumes because of its length. Be sure to check out the second part of the story, David Janssen – Our Conversations: The Final Years.
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About the Author
MICHAEL PHELPS, (the AUTHOR - NOT the Olympic Champion) began his writing career as Co-Author of 'DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE' with the iconic actors' first wife, ELLIE JANSSEN. Originally published in Hardcover by Lifetime Books, Inc. in December of 1994, with Paperback Editions released in 1995, 1996 and 1997. The book sold in excess of 1.2 Million copies, world-wide.
Taking early retirement as Chief Investigator for a prominent Miami (Florida) Law firm, specializing in criminal defense, Mr. Phelps chose to embark on the challenging career of being an Author. He promised himself he would never co-author a book again, especially with the ex-wife of a celebrity. He chose to write novels based on something he is well versed in; police procedurals, detective novels and court room cases based on actual crimes.
His debut novel, "THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE" is based on the murder of his close friend and one time mentor, Detective Sergeant Jack R. Ohrberg, Robbery & Homicide unit of the Indianapolis Police Department. In this novel, the first book of the Mike Walsh Detective Novels, Mr. Phelps describes the personal, family life as well as the professional lives of the men and women who serve and protect their communities, all to often paying the ultimate price.
The second book in the series, "THE JOCKEY'S JUSTICE" is based on a murder case Mr. Phelps investigated for the law firm. A respected horse racing Jockey is brutally murdered on the last day of the racing season at a Kentucky Race course. The case remained Unsolved for eight years, when the widow and son-in-law are arrested at their homes in Miami, Florida. They retain high-profile criminal defense attorney Frank Piazzo to represent them. His Chief Investigator, Mike Walsh and his assistant are dispatched to Kentucky to invesigate the very cold case and unearth evidence to prove his clients' innocence. "THE JOCKEY'S JUSTICE" takes the readers on a roller coaster ride into the sleazy underbelly of the "Sport of Kings".
Having been urged and inspired by many, many fans of DAVID JANSSEN, Mr. Phelps took a long journey into the past with his friend, DAVID JANSSEN. His Memoir; "DAVID JANSSEN~Our Conversations, Volume One - The Early Years (1965-1972) and Volume Two - The Final Years (1973-1980)" is now available. In this Memoir, Mr. Phelps recounts hundreds of conversations between Mr. Janssen and himself, over the last fifteen years of Mr. Janssen's life.
Mr. Phelps is a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force-Military Police, (Viet Nam). He is divorced and splits his time between his home in Miami Shores, Florida and New York City.