Needs a Castle,
Especially When Built of Recycled Junk & Spunk
"Who would've thought, we could get all this done?"
Michael would say, rubbing a dog, rocking his chair, and overlooking the big tool shed amidst the flurry of happy humming birds.
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December 2011 Xmas Paperback
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For autographed copy inscribed with some personal note (MAYBE WITH BUYER'S HELP ;>) ) send gold-backed check & YOUR RETURN ADDRESS to either:
Marlene Hunn, 1817 California St. Unit 201 San Francisco, CA. 94109, 415-673-0369 or
Dwayne Hunn, 359 Jean St. Mill Valley, CA 94941 415-383-7880.
Allow extra time or a couple weeks for delivery. Our stagecoaches are old and they are still coming over hill and dale..
If interested in learning more or purchasing Dwayne's first book, Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary, click to :
From Nader praise to a junkyard maze?
places author’s first book on 2009 Top Ten Books to Read List and second
book is about a junkyard?
Valley, CA – If,
like the author, you’ve lived in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Mumbai,
Claremont, St. John, Sacramento, or San Francisco, you’ve seen Knight
Nader attack political fortresses. So,
if Ralph praises your first public policy book, oRDINARY
pEOPLE dOING THE eXTRAORDINARY, why
do your second on Prince Philip’s favorite junkyard, California’s
Rubelian Castle, forged from junk piled 76’ high by a band of phunny
pharmers for no monetary gain in the midst of exclusive suburbia?
Town Needs a Castle, Especially if Made of Recycled Junk and Spunk,
is filled with pictures and art (80+) depicting zany building that
baffles, amazes, and inspires; old-timers’
homespun wisdoms needed again today; and hands-on adventure tales that are
weakly replaced today with IPOD’d ventures.
is a book for kids, because Rubelia’s King was a kid who never grew up;
for builders, especially those who build differently; for story lovers,
for it presents several wonderful story tellers; for quixotic dreamers,
because this Don and his Sanchos tilt with everything while building
windmills and crazy stuff; for budding leaders, travelers, and doers,
because it reveals how the benevolent Rubelian Ruler developed his unique
public policy perspectives.
With so much going wrong for so many, the grandfatherly spirit permeating this book provides stories and pictures that elicit smiles while riding through today’s dark tunnels. Its Twainish escapades show readers how to build and scale TALL BARBED WALLS, so Nader should like it too.
For more on this book, go to www.dwaynehunn.biz/every_town_needs_a_castle.htm.
For a requested autographed copy order through www.dwaynehunn.biz/every_town_needs_a_castle.htm or through an autographing event at Glendora’s Village Bookstore (626-335-5720) or Glendora’s Historical Society (626)963-0419).
You local bookstore can also order it for you. On bookshelf at Cleveland's Visible Voice Books, Corte Madera's Book Passages, Sausalito's Habitat Books, Mill Valley's Book Depot, ... And ask your library to stock it... Some already do...
For MCR and Rubelian mementoes like Rubelia’s T-shirts and stuff go to http://www.cafepress.com/dailygrill/3990918 .
Some comments and book reviews...
Hi Dwayne, Your book is terrific. I'm waiting to see a much needed TV series about "Rubelia." think about it. Contact someone. Lynn W. Ohio 2-13-2013
hope you got back to the USA ok from Dubai and are keeping well.
to let you know I bought a copy of Every Town Needs a Castle yesterday and
have so far just read the Appendix about you ....enjoyed every bit of it!
.... Your school battles reminded me of the film "Dead Poets
Society" with Robin Williams playing the free spirited inspirational
teacher who helped his students to question and discover the true nature
of things and go on to reach their true potential in life.
also managed to find a used copy of The Story of Ed and Joyce Koupal and
the Initiative Process in a US bookshop, so am eagerly awaiting its
arrival here in the UK.
end, life is very full of teaching ....currently assessing student
presentations and planning for teaching in India (Bangalore and Mysore) in
thought of you tonight when I watched a BBC TV program called 'Scrapheap
Orchestra' - an entire orchestra of 44 instruments made entirely from
scrap - analogous to the Castle built of recycled junk!
PS, United Kingdom, email 12-2011
I love my copy. Don't forget to read the end where Dwayne wins a big one against an overly conservative school district.
Facebook post, Author DW Facebook,
"I'm immensely enjoying the book too. What great memories!" Classical musician JK, France 11-2011
“Half way through the book. Really enjoying it. Very anecdotal. Very funny." Dr. KC California. 11-2011
"It's a book to savor." DO, California.
If you enjoy stimulating your mind and heart through
reading, you will enjoy "Every Town Needs A Castle". If you love
history, the excitement of current events, public policy and insights into
humantity, this book has the power to capture your imagination.
will transport you to exotic places and introduce you to unique people.
You can almost see, smell and hear the activities on the
"Pharm". This book reflects the "wisdom of grandfather
Deuele, Michael Rubel and other wise men and women. In this book, you will
share the "dreams of dreamers" mixed with the realities of
modern day life in the late twentieth century in Southern California. The
"Pharm" served as a meeting place for people from all walks of
life. The author has an outstanding ability to write with emotion, insight
and humor. So read, reflect, journey, laugh and cry. "Every Town
Needs A Castle" is a great read. CR, ILLINOIS
It will transport you to exotic places and introduce you to unique people. You can almost see, smell and hear the activities on the "Pharm". This book reflects the "wisdom of grandfather Deuele, Michael Rubel and other wise men and women. In this book, you will share the "dreams of dreamers" mixed with the realities of modern day life in the late twentieth century in Southern California. The "Pharm" served as a meeting place for people from all walks of life. The author has an outstanding ability to write with emotion, insight and humor. So read, reflect, journey, laugh and cry. "Every Town Needs A Castle" is a great read. CR, ILLINOIS
The Castle of Rubelia: Philosophy Becomes
Reading this book, you’d be sure you had to be
reading sheer fiction if it weren’t for those brain-bumping photos
throughout, snapshots that make it undeniable that somewhere along the
Pacific side of America, as visitors the likes of Ike and Mamie, Jack
Benny, Henry Kissinger, Harry Reasoner, Barbara Walters could testify, the
Castle of Rubelia is as real as death and taxes. Even better than this,
though, is how the castle got built, and the assortment of unlikelihoods
who played their parts in its hard-to-believe history. Therein hangs a
This is a book that recovers something
lost—something as precious as a birthright. We all hear the lament that
what once was is now not: that what we once valued most, and called these
United States, has perished from the earth. What WAS that?
I think Mark Twain would have been able to tell you,
and show you. Great gallivanting galluses and golly Aunt Polly!, old Sam
Clemens would’ve loved this book. Imagine the arrival of Huck Finn to
this California craziness, this loony excuse for architecture that started
out as a ruin. “Seems to me, Jim, that we’ve got ourselves to thish
‘ere part a the country where folks ain’t ezackly in their right
minds. But it kinda grows on you, don’tcha find?”
“Reckon so, Huck.”
What grows on you, the reader, is not just a castle
that stands like a parody of the grand edifices of the Old World, but the
unique spirit of this book. It’s not easy to nail a spirit. The best I
can do is to point again in the direction of what we all feel has slipped
away from our sense of what it is to be Americans.
Have you noticed that going to college now is all
about so we can eventually make more money than the dropouts? It wasn’t
always like that. A liberal education, once upon a time, was supposed to
teach us what would allow the fullest awareness of just what being a human
being amounted to. To expose us to all the great minds and the great books
of the world, like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And to make us see
that life, instead of a security blanket, is itself as wild an adventure
as we let it be.
Well, Dwayne Hunn, who’s a modest fellow, is not one who’d claim to stand alongside the great humorist from Hannibal, Mo. Nevertheless, Sam Clemens would be the first to clap him on the shoulder, because he’d know a brother of the craft when he met one. Adventure? You better believe it! Loveable characters? Bet your long johns on it in a cold winter in Kansas.
Humor? Yep. Wager major with any tough teenager that
he can’t get through the read without cracking up, ‘cause this sucker
is FUNNY. Wait till you read how a defecating pig running wild in his
house turns out to be the making of Grandfather Deuel’s fortune. Read
about how he played strip poker with fan dancer Sally Rand. Stay calm and
solemn till you read how his charismatic grandson, Michael (one day
becoming the master architect of Rubelia Castle), at age 12 became the
hero who, singlehandedly, warded off the great invasion of Azusa Canyon.
You want wit and wisdom? Try to keep a straight face
while you soak up the endless epigrammatical sayings of Grandfather Deuel.
You like fascinating characters? Meet
Grandfather’s beloved bevy of loyal friends like Stanley Baird and Odo
Stade, or the good witch Mrs. Friezner. But the true harvest here is with
Michael and his grandfather, and everything that is represented in the way
they take hold of life and live it.
How much Michael Rubel loved his grandfather, no one can miss. Nor can anyone miss how the man who wrote this tribute to them, Dwayne Hunn, loved the both of them. Or why. Dr. TK, California
The perfect mix of reality, nostalgia, small town politics and the
pursuit of a personal vision embraced by a cacophony of personalities who
live with gusto day in and day out.
I will have to read it again... JK, California
I have known Dwayne Hunn, the author since 1972 when he was my teacher in
High School. He lived at "The Castle" with Michael and the rest
of the gang. This book is an excellent memorial to Michael Rubel and was
equally a funny memoir to those who didn't know Michael well or even knew
of him. The end pages of Mr. Hunn's book were interesting because this was
the time I first met him and didn't quite understand what was happening in
his world. I am forever grateful for his teachings and of his patience
with everything in his life. KP, California
Tucked close to the San Gabriel Mountains in an upscale
neighborhood in Glendora, California on 2.5 acres of land sits a pile of
junk rising 80 feet in the air. The junk pile has a clock tower that holds
a large old fashioned clock which chimes like Big Ben. For most people,
the junk would have been taken to a landfill to be covered by earth moving
equipment. Instead, it was recycled into an 80 foot tall edifice complete
with catwalks and battle mounts that today is seen as a magnificent
structure of historical significance. In building their edifice, the
workers followed two simple principles: One, There is nothing on this
planet that cannot be recycled. And Two, If we work together, we can
remain free individuals, and accomplish more than we ever dreamed was
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Show it to your kids....
Read it to them...
Let them dream while they can...
The man behind all this dreamed well beyond kidhood...
And it was good for him...
And for a bunch who hung around and helped lug big things...
And built big arms that built a zany Castle heavenward...
When read by adults serious about concrete, rebar, and ketchup bottles...
In a teetering world, this book offers grownups balancing thoughts...
And the thoughts are only a little hidden between the smile lines...
Since kids see essential Castling ingredients a lot quicker, you, as a grownup, may need to read this book just to catch up with the joys of kidhood.