The first time all four of the Timothy James Beck writers met as a group in the same place was in Houston in the spring of 2001. Tim actually visited for a month during that time, and Timmy and Jim came for a week of it. Besides getting to sign books at Crossroads (now closed) and visiting our friend Steve V at Detering Books (now closed), we got a ton of work done. Restaurants visited included Baba Yega and Niko Nikos (both still open! It’s shocking.). We also got professional publicity shots taken (my hair was crap), and did our own photo sessions in several local spots.
One of these included the Bloch Cancer Survivors Plaza. This is one of those polarizing public art installations. Some people find it inspiring and uplifting, others think it’s just bad art. No judgment here. All I can say is that it brought out the whimsical side of the guys that day.
On Jim’s visit this year, we went to visit that other polarizing public art source, David Adickes’ Sculpturworx.
Standing next to President Obama, Jim makes the “Bill Clinton thumbs up sign.”
Tim, Jim, and Tom overlooked by President Clinton.