Tim Glazner is creating a Donn Beach biography and digging into Tiki history
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patrons

Writing Tiki history books is a labor of love. Every trip to dig through a photo album or scrap book can cost thousands of dollars. Buying images on eBay, etc. is money spent for something that may never be used, but you have to get it or it's lost. I'm doing it when and how I can.

The history is slipping away. Those who lived it are passing from this earth and taking the incredible stories with them. Their photo albums are tossed. The time is now.

Many friends have asked to donate to the cause. I don't like taking money from friends, but this isn't cheap or easy and every delay makes it harder and sometimes impossible.

Supporting this work helps make it happen. It helps keep me going.

What am I doing and where will it lead? I want to believe this ends with a new biography of Donn Beach, but nothing is certain. What I am certainly doing is putting together a lot of information that is invaluable for a biography. If I don't do it, I'll use it to help someone who has the resources to make it happen. My Mai-Kai research opened some doors. Your help will get me through those doors. 

This is a long term project. If you'd prefer a one time donation, edit the amount in one of the tiers and then suspend your giving on the next month. Drop me a note to let me know and I'll try to remind you.

If you don't have my Mai-Kai book, you need it. It is part one of my Donn Beach biography really. Buy it via this link and I get a little extra: Mai-Kai History
Tiers
Tip Jar Level
$2 or more per month
We're not all high rollers, but a lot of people care. The price of a PowerBall ticket has better odds for the ultimate prize of a finished Donn Beach biography in print.
Steve Crane Level
$5 or more per month
Steve was a friend of Donn and then a competitor. He reworked some of Donn's drinks and made them better. Don cursed him brutally. I'll thank you heartily!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
Trader Vic Level
$10 or more per month
Vic bought the decor from Donn to turn his joint Tiki in 1937 after lurking at Donn's place. Donn swore Vic never paid him for that stuff. Donn cursed his name and disrespected his drinks. I'll thank you and drink to your name!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
  • You'll also get access to expedition images as they are uncovered.
Sunny Sund Level
$25 or more per month
Sunny was enamored of Donn, like many others. She even married him! She also divorced him. She turned his dirty speakeasy in Hollywood into an empire. Donn cursed her every chance he got. I'll count you among my good friends and sing your praises!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
  • You'll also get access to expedition images as they are uncovered.
  • You'll also get access to expedition videos as we produce them.
Bob Van Dorpe Level
$50 or more per month
Bob stole away top staff and all the purchasing info from Don the Beachcomber Chicago to start the Mai-Kai. He and Donn were best friends and worked together often. Bob had a key to the Treehouse at the International Market Place. Donn didn't curse Bob, "because he did it right." You will have a key to my heart and I will rejoice in your patronage and think great thoughts of you often as you help me through this adventure!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
  • You'll also get access to expedition images as they are uncovered.
  • You'll also get access to expedition videos as we produce them.
  • This level is limited to 16 patrons as I have 16 Tiki Diablo bowls to offer. They will be given in order, number 2 to 17 as you sign up. For images and details of the bowl click here.  (Due to the value of this bowl, they will not be shipped until the 4th month of patronage.)
Writing Tiki history books is a labor of love. Every trip to dig through a photo album or scrap book can cost thousands of dollars. Buying images on eBay, etc. is money spent for something that may never be used, but you have to get it or it's lost. I'm doing it when and how I can.

The history is slipping away. Those who lived it are passing from this earth and taking the incredible stories with them. Their photo albums are tossed. The time is now.

Many friends have asked to donate to the cause. I don't like taking money from friends, but this isn't cheap or easy and every delay makes it harder and sometimes impossible.

Supporting this work helps make it happen. It helps keep me going.

What am I doing and where will it lead? I want to believe this ends with a new biography of Donn Beach, but nothing is certain. What I am certainly doing is putting together a lot of information that is invaluable for a biography. If I don't do it, I'll use it to help someone who has the resources to make it happen. My Mai-Kai research opened some doors. Your help will get me through those doors. 

This is a long term project. If you'd prefer a one time donation, edit the amount in one of the tiers and then suspend your giving on the next month. Drop me a note to let me know and I'll try to remind you.

If you don't have my Mai-Kai book, you need it. It is part one of my Donn Beach biography really. Buy it via this link and I get a little extra: Mai-Kai History

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Tiers
Tip Jar Level
$2 or more per month
We're not all high rollers, but a lot of people care. The price of a PowerBall ticket has better odds for the ultimate prize of a finished Donn Beach biography in print.
Steve Crane Level
$5 or more per month
Steve was a friend of Donn and then a competitor. He reworked some of Donn's drinks and made them better. Don cursed him brutally. I'll thank you heartily!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
Trader Vic Level
$10 or more per month
Vic bought the decor from Donn to turn his joint Tiki in 1937 after lurking at Donn's place. Donn swore Vic never paid him for that stuff. Donn cursed his name and disrespected his drinks. I'll thank you and drink to your name!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
  • You'll also get access to expedition images as they are uncovered.
Sunny Sund Level
$25 or more per month
Sunny was enamored of Donn, like many others. She even married him! She also divorced him. She turned his dirty speakeasy in Hollywood into an empire. Donn cursed her every chance he got. I'll count you among my good friends and sing your praises!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
  • You'll also get access to expedition images as they are uncovered.
  • You'll also get access to expedition videos as we produce them.
Bob Van Dorpe Level
$50 or more per month
Bob stole away top staff and all the purchasing info from Don the Beachcomber Chicago to start the Mai-Kai. He and Donn were best friends and worked together often. Bob had a key to the Treehouse at the International Market Place. Donn didn't curse Bob, "because he did it right." You will have a key to my heart and I will rejoice in your patronage and think great thoughts of you often as you help me through this adventure!


  • At this tier you'll get access to the expedition blog. As we discover new details, we'll share them with you all along the way.
  • You'll also get access to expedition images as they are uncovered.
  • You'll also get access to expedition videos as we produce them.
  • This level is limited to 16 patrons as I have 16 Tiki Diablo bowls to offer. They will be given in order, number 2 to 17 as you sign up. For images and details of the bowl click here.  (Due to the value of this bowl, they will not be shipped until the 4th month of patronage.)