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Library: Authors Wesley Clark and Mike McDaniel - True Tales from Burbank

Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamour of its entertainment industry. Discover  the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers, and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, authors of Lost Burbank and Growing Up in Burbank, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places, and events of this historic city we call home.

Join authors Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel for an illustrated talk based on their newest book True Tales from Burbank.

Wes Clark was born in Los Angeles but his family moved to Burbank when he was eight; he was educated mostly in Burbank schools. He met Mike McDaniel in 1972 and they graduated from Burbank High School in 1974. They have always been intensely interested in history. Clark lives in Springfield, Virginia with his wife of thirty-seven years. They have three children and six grandchildren. An electrical engineer, he works for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His website is

Mike McDaniel was born at the Burbank Community Hospital (now gone), and has lived in Burbank in the same house for sixty-two years. He was educated in Burbank schools. Mike has been married for thirty-eight years and he and his wife have five children. Mike has worked for the City of Burbank for thirty years and is the supervisor of the City Print Shop (printing being a vocation he learned in high school).

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