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AK20-47, Lionel Fieldberg, Full Service, African Shamans, and Springbok airways. PRT2

An Authors Kiss with Sara Troy and her guest Lionel Fieldberg, on-air November 17th

We have explored in our first show, Lionel’s long career in film making and his amazing journey into putting the wonders of life on film. In this show, we explore his book ‘Full Service” and all it has told us about Hollywood stars and we look at his two new books on African Shamans and Springbok airways.

Netflix’s “Hollywood” is based on a true story of which Lionel wrote the book called “Full Service” along with Scotty Bowers, the true stories of Hollywood’s sexual adventures.

Full Service…Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Live of the Stars

Now the subject of the hit documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, praised by Vanity Fair as “full of revelations” and Entertainment Weekly as “deliciously salacious,” Full Service is the remarkable true story of Scotty Bowers, the “gentleman hustler,” during the heyday of classic Hollywood.

Full Service is not only a fascinating chronicle of Hollywood’s sexual underground but also exposes the hypocrisy of the major studios, who used actors to propagate a myth of a conformist, sexually innocent America knowing full well that their stars’ personal lives differed dramatically from this family-friendly mould. As revelation-filled as Hollywood Babylon, Full Service provides a lost chapter in the history of the sexual revolution and is a testament to a man who provided sex, support, and affection to countless people.

A History of South African Airways since its inception to the post-apartheid era.

South African Airways pioneered flight throughout Africa during the colonial era, long before airports, supply services, radio and weather forecasting capabilities even existed.

Its staff and equipment served with the Allies in Europe and North Africa during WWII and it met the enormous challenge of having to circumvent African airspace when flying to destinations abroad after most African nations closed their skies to it in protest against the country’s racist policies in the early sixties.

Over the years SAA grew into one of the world’s major domestic, regional, and international carriers. Its long history was eventually terminated and replaced by a new entity in 2020 with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. In its original incarnation, it could proudly boast of being one of the world’s oldest and longest-surviving international carriers. It is still seen by many around the world as the airline with that much revered and fondly remembered emblem, the Flying Springbok.

How Film Led Me To The Mysterious World of The African Shaman


Lionel Friedberg’s extraordinary career exposed him to the incredible wonders of our planet and brought him into close contact with many unforgettable personalities from maverick scientists to politicians, entertainers and people who survived near-death experiences.

His observations have taught him that life is far more complex and infinitely stranger than we can imagine. When he was struck by an unexpected life-threatening illness his efforts to find a way to save his life took him back to Africa where he encountered the age-old rituals and powerful healing methods of African shamans. Their mysterious ways have much to teach us and are as relevant today as they were in ancient times.


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