To the ladies of the adult film industry of the 1970s and 80s, John Holmes was a polyester smoothie; a real charmer, a silver tongued devil and a thief of hearts. But behind the scenes, John was a little boy in a man's body who used sex and drugs and alcohol to fill the void that had been empty all of his life; someone to love and someone to love him. He tought he'd finally found true love in a young girl named Dawn, and she eventually moved in with Holmes and his sympathetic wife, Sharon, though drugs soon changed the dynamic to erratic behavior: Holmes beat and prostituted Schiller before she fled, and he became entangled in the so-called Wonderland murders of 1981. A POLYESTER SMOOTHIE examines John Holmes life from BEHIND the scenes, without all of the hoopla that led to him being hailed as the 'King of Porn.' As one former porn fan so eloquently put it, "I say to the porn world, and all the people who idolize him, you're idolizing this person who was horrid, and if you're going to have a hero, get someone else."
Adventure with the author as he sails from Koror, Palau among the Micronesian islands to Darwin, Australia on the north coast of the continent. Along the way visit one of the most remote and pristine islands in the Pacific Ocean, meet its two inhabitants (and a few visitors), then continue to sail through pirate infested waters of Indonesia without legal papers. Experience the sea at night, sitting alone on deck, riding the waves and savoring stars. Enjoy the adventure of a first time sailing voyage. More importantly explore the relationship between a father and son, and the long lasting bonds that extend beyond death. Experience the fulfillment of a long held dream, explore a different culture and its people, muse about the twists and turns of life, reflect on the value of family and friends, marvel at the vast creation all around us. Enjoy the voyage, and be encouraged to fulfill your own dreams.
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