max schreckWhile working on ideas for the vampire film “The Lost Boys”, someone brought in the 1922 film Nosferatu starring the German actor Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok for me to watch.  The film is an unauthorized adaption of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula.

Pg 2 Fam History cropBeing adopted, my heritage was important to me growing up.  My adopted mother requested background information about my birth family and I grew up knowing that I was of German-English descent.  (Seen in the above document.)  Learning about other German’s, such as Max Schreck, also became important to me.  I have always loved the  name “Max” and coupled with the title to the Australian film “Mad Max” this is why I gave Michael Hutchence the nickname “Max”.  Michael would later name his solo album “Max Q”.  It was during this time I named the band Berlin for Max Schrek’s birthplace.

I started making references to “biting” or vampirism in song lyrics during this time and lead to me making up the song “Love Bites” recorded by Def Leppard with the lyrics “It’s bigger than Germany” and later song lyrics such as “The world is a vampire” in the song “Bullett with Butterfly Wings” recorded by The Smashing Pumpkins.

In films, it lead to the reference of vampires in the Body Double (1984), the making of Dracula (1992) starring Gary Oldman who had appeared as  Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy(Love Kills) in which Courtney Love made her debut, in 2000 a fictionalization of the making of Nosferatu titled Shadow of the Vampire starring John Malkovich was released, also released in 2000 Dracula 2000.  I also named the character  Max Shreck portrayed by Christopher Walken in the 1992 film Batman Returns.

shrekDuring the time we were working on ideas for the first book in the Harry Potter series, the idea for a “troll”  was added to the list of characters.  This lead to the separate idea for a lovable “ogre” I named “Schrek” for the German actor and renamed “Shrek”.  Of course, there is an ogre in the fable “Puss in Boots” and  in the early 80’s I had made up the song “Puss ‘n Boots” recorded by Adam Ant.

puss n bootsThis also continued my working relationship with Steven Spielberg which dates back to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Poltergeist, Gremlins, etc.


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come as you are kurtI’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier” – recorded by Sia

Kurt Cobain continued to be my muse while writing songs.  What many do not know is that I also made up the song “Come As You Are” recorded by Nirvana and sometimes would come up with ideas for the music videos for my songs.

As I’ve mentioned before, the album title “Nevermind” came from the artist Prince giving me the pseudonym “Alexander Nevermind” and am credited as such on the song “Sugar Walls” recorded by Sheena Easton.

Years after it’s 1992 release, with Michael Hutchence I made up the song “Chandelier” inspired by the music video for “Come As You Are”.  I also came up with the idea for the artist recording it to perform with her back to the audience.  By not showing her face while performing, it was my way of claiming the song.

Since Michael was with me when I made up the song, he was able to claim it for an Australian artist.


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Face Time

facebookFrom the beginning, I loved working with Steve Wozniak on ideas for the World Wide Web.  It grew out of the ideas of wanting to communicate with family and friends.  The idea for web “pages” happened to be based on pages of a book and as a way for people and business owners to draw a larger clientele.

Social media sites continued my desire for family and friends to communicate who might live in all parts of the world.  This came about with developing new ideas for the cellphone which includes “texting” and sites such as “Twitter”.  It was around this same time I was asked to come up with other ideas for “socializing”.  At that time in my life, friends I grew up with had moved away and started their own families, my family members lived or worked all over.  I wanted a gathering place, a safe place, to share the life of my family and friends.

FaceOff_(1997_film)_posterThe name of “Facebook” came from the idiom “Face Time” and from the original idea of the Web “page”.  It was also to draw a connection to having worked with Michael Hutchence and John Travolta on the 1997 film Face/Off and inspired by the 1960 French-Italian horror film Eyes Without a Face (Les yeux sans visage) that I used as the title to my song recorded by Billy Idol.  INXS provided the song “Don’t Lose Your Head” for the films soundtrack.

I later heard they were going to turn my ideas over to some college kid Bill Gates met named Mark Zuckerberg.

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iPhone Home

v episode 2 ET makes appearanceAlien communication devices were a theme used in my film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and in my television show “V“.  E.T. wanted to phone home and the “Visitors” had handheld communication devices.

After working on ideas for the film, Michael Jackson made sure an E.T. doll made an appearance in my television show “V” (seen left).

The television show director and writers were anxious to get my opinion or ideas for the direction of the show and I was able to watch episodes before being aired.

v iphone pic 1In the episode “Dreamnought”, I noticed the handheld alien communication device.  It had a keypad with alien language, a camera, and screen.

I thought the size and shape would be perfect for a real communication device and presented the idea to Steve “The Woz” Wozniak after working on ideas for the “Cell Phone” which launched on October 13, 1983.

v iphone pic 2

Other episodes of the television show “V”, the device resembles more what I named “The Blackberry”.  Steve did want me to name the “research” team who would develop my phones.  This was during the time I made up the songs “Emotions in Motion” recorded by Billy Squier and “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” recorded by John Parr.  It only made sense to nv iphone pic 3ame the company “Research in Motion” (RIM).

Just as a side note, I asked that the original episodes for “V” to never be aired in reruns after 1984.  There are also episodes missing, showing the aliens using the communications devices, from all of the taped collections sold to the public.  This was my idea so no one would know where the idea came from after the iPhone and Blackberry were launched.



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The Visitors

The idea for an alien television show came from humble beginnings, as a “visitors” pass on one of the characters in a James Bond film. This was the first time I associated being kidnapped, tortured, and returned home to the stories I heard about alien abductions.

Someone asked me if I knew any aliens and I said, “Mork from Ork.”  I quickly came up with the idea for the uniforms worn by the aliens to resemble Mork’s.  In fact, after watching a few of the installments I complained that the uniforms were not similar enough.

I also named one of my characters for Robin Williams.

Diana (pictured left)


Being a fan of Star Wars, I was excited to meet George Lucas.  Before leaving, he mentioned an actor who tried out for  Hans Solo and a friend of Mark Hamill who needed work.  He didn’t have a stage name yet and I was asked to give him his name.  I gave him my father’s first name of Robert…and for the country who was invading mine.

Robert Englund as Willie

I gave characters the names of those who entered my life during that time, Diana, Charles, and Elizabeth.

General Maxwell Larson

Over the months I would add characters, such as General Maxwell Larson who was known as “The Butcher of Birmingham” and made Alabama a smorgasbord.

Larson would be stylized with gold chains for another one of my characters named “Mr. T” in my show The A-Team.

After working on ideas for “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and my television show “Dallas”, I added Mary Kruger to the lineup who was known as “The Dark Angel of Dallas”.

General Larson and Kruger showed up on the episode The “Visitors’ Choice”.

On the homefront, the citizens of Birmingham, Alabama met force with force as the Visitors attempt to subdue the city once known as The Pittsburgh of the South, employing guerilla tactics, carrying the fight to the streets.  The residents maneuver the Visitors into the BLACKWELL Oil Refinery, then set it afire.  At this hour, the fire rages out of control and it is said you can hear the REBEL YELL in the streets of Dixie tonight.” – Howard K. Smith for the Freedom Network

The above Freedom Network report by Howard K. Smith from the “The Overlord” episode was made up by me to reference the man who proclaimed me his enemy, Chris Blackwell of Island Records, Birmingham, Alabama being my birthplace, and at the time I had already made up the song “Rebel Yell” recorded by the artist I gave the stage name Billy Idol and worked on ideas for the film “Firestarter” (a reference to Def Leppard’s 1983 album titled Pyromania).  Much of the news report was inspired by discussion I had with Michael Jackson who told me about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham.


My attempt at peace came in the form of naming a character Elizabeth.  The half-human half-alien child born to Robin who was meant to bring peace between the two species.  After working on ideas for the book to film Firestarter, she would exhibit powers of telekinesis.

Her nickname of “The Starchild” came from meeting members of the band Kiss and Paul Stanley’s persona.


Every time I watched a new installment of “V” before the release I noticed the name of the director, Bruce Seth Green, flash across the screen.  Bruce also worked on many other of my creations, such as “Knight Rider”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Baywatch”, and “Highlander”.

A new redheaded actor needed a stage name and I was asked to come up with it.  I gave him the name of Seth Green.


Of course, with Michael Jackson and Michael Hutchence in my life I named a character for them.  The character Michael Donovan, news reporter and Freedom fighter, would be portrayed by actor Marc Singer.

Lori Singer and Kevin Bacon in Footloose

After working on ideas for the film Footloose, I was asked who I wanted to portray the character Ren McCormack.  Since my knowledge of what actors were available at that time, I asked for Marc Singer to take the role.

Marc’s sister, actress Lori Singer, was chosen for the character Ariel Moore.  The character name of Ariel was chosen after Michael Jackson and I decided to name Disney’s Little Mermaid and my work on the script for the film “Splash.

I was told Marc was not available for the role and Kevin Bacon, who appeared with Val Kilmer and Sean Penn in Slab Boys, was available.  Of note, Sean Penn had already been filming Taps (with the then little known Tom Cruise) and  Fast Times at Ridgemont High of which I worked on script ideas.

The idea for Kevin Bacon’s “Six Degrees of Separation” came from a discussion about how I ended up working in the industry and the actors chosen to appear in my projects.

A note on the film “Footloose”:  The idea for the film came from a discussion about my church, the Church of Christ, ban on dancing and the title comes from a little known play which Alabama native Tallulah Bankhead appeared in 1920 by playwright Zoe Akins.

Seen right is a photo of the actress with The Who’s guru Meher Baba and part inspiration for their 1971 song  “Baba O’Riley“, which Nirvana would record a cover.  I would use Baba’s saying, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (1988) to make up the song recorded by Bobby McFerrin.  Baba also called himself the “Avatar” which became the title of a film I worked on script ideas with James Cameron.





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Who you gonna call?

From Russia With LoveIt is not a new idea to turn science fiction into fact. Some even say, “Life is stranger than fiction.”

When they started making me watch all the James Bond films in 1983, I wondered if any of the gadgets “Q” invented were based on actual electronics or tools in the spy field. As a teen, I had heard a rumor that NASA borrowed an idea from Star Trek. Then meeting Steve Wozniak who told me about CERN developing the intranet, even made me think that these things were possible.

Bond on Car Phone

In the 1963 film “From Russia With Love”, James Bond not only had a pager which notified him when he needed to contact “M”, but he also had a radio phone installed in his car.  This intrigued me since my mother had retired from the phone company after 25 years of service.

I proposed the idea and my “cell phone” was created.  When it was ready I asked them to launch it on my father’s birthday of October 12th.  Then they asked me, “who do you want call?”  My first response was of course a relative of the Scottish born Alexander Graham Bell, knowing Sean Connery who appeared in the film was also Scottish.

It was only later, when I made fun of them that I came up with “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” which I was encouraged to make into a song.  (Hint:  What is another name for a spy?…ghost…spook)

The first commercial cell phone (car phone) was not introduced on my father’s birthday, but on October 13, 1983.



1.  Me.

2.  Chris Blackwell, of Island Records, proclaimed me his enemy in May of 1983 after I refused to keep quiet about being raped.  Chris Blackwell’s mother had an affair with James Bond author Ian Fleming.  Chris worked on the set of the James Bond film Dr. No. 

3.  Albert R. Broccolli, film producer, best known for producing the James Bond films at Pinewood Studios in London.  Formed Warwick Films and signed American actor Alan Ladd to his studio. 

4.  Alan Ladd, Jr.,  famous for giving George Lucas the go-ahead to make Star Wars.

5.  George Lucas, founded Lucasfilm

6.  Pixar, part of the computer division of Lucasfilm, co-founded by Steve Jobs.  Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company I named “Apple Computers”.


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Dave Grohl’s Fake Birthday

Courtney Love ObitThe former drummer of Nirvana known by the stage name Dave “Eric” Grohl starting hanging around after Kurt Cobain had decided to give the actress/singer the stage name of Courtney Love.  The name for the actress/singer comes from the January 14, 1985 obituary for a woman from Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The middle name for the drummer came from my brother “Eric” and his public birthday for his bio came from the January 14, 1985 obituary (see above).

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Good Morning Vietnam!

Michael Jackson and I talked about Muhammad Ali burning his draft card. It upset me for those who did go to Vietnam, fought, died, or returned home permanently injured. It was a hugely criticized war in which the anger was turned on those who fought and died for us.

I talked to Tom Cruise who decided to do a film based on the life of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, titled “Born on the Fourth of July” released in 1989. I also talked to Robin Williams who decided to do a film based on the experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian Cronauer in the film titled “Good Morning Vietnam” released in 1987.

After the soundtrack was picked for the film “Good Morning Vietnam”, I was given the information to use for my projects.  I chose  “Like Tweet” by jazz guitarist Joe Puma and Eddie Hall.  From the album, I used “Panic in the Birdcage” to come up with ideas for the Robin Williams film “The Birdcage”.

“Like Tweet” was also partially responsible behind me working with Steve Wozniak on ideas for “Twitter” and what I named “Tweets” and giving the singer  the stage name “Tweet”.

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Stand By Me

feldman on mork“This is about the connection of naming the Stephen King film “Stand By Me” starring the child actor Corey Feldman introduced by Robin Williams and me making up the song “Train in Vain” recorded by The Clash.”


When I started working with Robin Williams on script ideas, the child actor Corey Feldman who appeared on Mork and Mindy in 1980 (seen left) started appearing in films we worked on.  This would include in the Peter Pan titled film “The Lost Boys” which I worked on script ideas with Michael Hutchence and INXS provided a song for the soundtrack.   With Robin, I came up with the idea for him to be the family man Peter who had forgotten his past life as Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, and Neverland in the film adaption named “Hook”.

Corey would go on to appear in the film adaption of Stephen King‘s “The Body” which I renamed “Stand By Me” for the Ben E. King song.  It was not unusual for me to name films which I worked on script ideas for song titles as a teen and consider it to be one of my “signatures”.  These films included “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Satisfaction” (renamed Girls of Summer),  “Pretty Woman”, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, “My Girl”, etc.  With King, working on script ideas for “Stand By Me” also lead to coming up with his novel “Cujo”.

“Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Did you stand by me
No way” – Train In Vain recorded by The Clash

It was during this time I came up with the lyrics for the song “Train in Vain” which repeats the title “Stand By Me” in the lyrics.   Other influences while making up the song was Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” which is also used in the lyrics.

Many years later, when meeting Victoria’s Secret model Heidi Klum, we decided to give her the nickname “The Body” for the original title to Stephen King’s novel.


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Robin Williams

robin as peter“I can fly, my friends” – The Show Must Go On recorded by Queen

Recently I proposed the following question about the death of Robin Williams (seen left dressed as Peter Pan from the film adaption I named “Hook”)…

“Could there be a connection between the reports of Robin Williams found hanged with a belt and the death of Michael Hutchence of INXS who was found naked and hanging by his leather belt?”

You may question if Robin Williams and Michael Hutchence even knew each other.  The answer would be “YES”!!

feldman in lost boysI was with Michael Hutchence when I met Robin for the first time.  We talked about me being a fan of his character Mork from the television show Mork & Mindy.   Michael also told Robin about giving me the nickname “Tiger Lily” for the Peter Pan character.

This is when Robin spoke about the child actor Corey Feldman who appeared on an episode of Mork & Mindy in 1980.  Feldman would be chosen to appear in the “The Lost Boys” (seen right) which the film’s title comes from Peter Pan and the soundtrack included a song from INXS.

neverlandtink“We’re off to Never Never Land” – Enter Sandman recorded by Metallica

During these early days in 1983, I met Michael Jackson who decided to build a ranch naming it “Neverland” for the fictional land in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.  It was MJ who asked me if I knew who Disney’s mascot was and I only knew it was  a little fairy who flew across the screen.

Feldman not only took to dressing like MJ, but also spoke out about the pedophiles in the entertainment business which was to draw a connection to what was happening to me.


feldman and mj


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