Annie Get Your Gavel!

In Don Ray print story on February 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

This is the judicial profile I wrote of Judge Annie Gutierrez in 2005 for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. She’s retired now and has honored me by asking to help her write her life story. You can click on the link below to read the story, but be sure to stay tuned for the book that will astound you with even more about the life of a truly inspirational woman.

Judge Annie Gutierrez — “Don’t tell me I can’t.”


Shopping for Profit — Undercover ‘Shopping’ — that is.

In Don Ray print story on February 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

This is the first of at least three print stories and one television segment I wrote or produced about what they now call “Mystery Shoppers.” It was something that I did for many years to make ends meet. This one was for Valley Magazine, right before it went belly-up. I never got paid for this. I sued in small claims court and won a default judgment. It’s been 35 years. I don’t think they’re going to pay me.

Don’t forget to click below to see the story.


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I’ve Got a Secret or Confessions of an undercover restaurant spy!

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2012 at 3:30 am

Back in the early 1970s when I was a U.S. Postal Police officer, a couple of us were chatting at the bar of a restaurant when another patron overheard us talking about investigations. He took us aside and recruited us as part-time “undercover shoppers.”  So, for the next 15 years or so, I moonlighted as a spy at restaurants, bars, gift shops and even Oakwood Garden Apartments across California. Even though I don’t drink (and didn’t then), I still had to spend an hour in the bar watching the cocktail servers and bartenders. We did a lot of Mexican restaurants, so I filled up on an awful lot of tortilla chips — hence, my current condition of being “gravitationally challenged.”

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