Robert Matzen’s latest book, Fireball – Carole Lombard & the Mystery of Flight 3, is a terrific read. Matzen details the life, times, and final days of a Hollywood icon. Carole Lombard wasn’t an “A” List star, but she was well known for her screwball comedies as well as for being the wife of the brightest star in Hollywood’s firmament, Clark Gable.
Sent on a War Bond tour within weeks of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lombard embraced the role. She was under strict orders not to fly, and promised she wouldn’t. Yet the outcome of her final trip assures us she did indeed climb aboard a TWA DC-3 and depart the Las Vegas desert for Los Angeles where she hoped to be reunited with her husband. She didn’t get there. Instead, she and 21 others met their end on the face of Potosi Mountain, an 8,500 foot peak that’s only thirty miles from downtown Las Vegas. It’s clearly visible from the city.
Thanks to Robert for taking the time to talk with me and giving me permission to share that conversation with you. He’s a talented writer, a generous interview subject, and a truly interesting man.
Fireball – Carole Lombard & the Mystery of Flight 3, is published by GoodKnight Books. It’s available in brick and mortar bookstores and through Amazon.