John Holmes

March 5th, 2010



Below are shared excerpts of correspondence to the authors of A Life Measured in Inches.  Additional letters and notes will be added.


“Dear Mrs. Sugar and Mrs. Nelson,

This month I’ve been learning about the pornography scene.  After reading of many heartbreaking stories; Marilyn Chambers, René Bond, Shelley Lubben, the Mitchell Brothers, etc., and watching “Wonderland” and “Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes,” I discovered your published work.  Between your website and the many interviews you’ve granted, you’ve enlightened my understanding of the particular lives of Mr. Holmes and those around him, the California entertainment scene, and human nature in general.  At this point, which I hope to be an early milestone in your literary careers, you seem to have established a credibility which is to be envied by your readers and esteemed by your peers.”

“In learning about Holmes, I find myself desiring to be less critical of people, realizing that we only see facets, never the whole of any person.  In getting to know Holmes, and those around him one questions how one would be, what one would do in his and in their situations.”

“I haven’t read “John Holmes: A Life Measured In Inches” as of yet, but will request my library to obtain it forthwith.”

Very best wishes to you and yours,
Michael”  (Massachusetts)  February, 2010

Thank you, Michael, for sharing your thoughts.


Hi Ladies,

“I have just finished the book and I love it, It’s a great read.  I was just looking at something on line that may pertain to your book that you may already know but I thought it may clear up a loose end in your book about David Lind.  You can find it here:

So sorry to hear of the passing of Jamie Gillis, I had a correspondence with him one time and found him a very nice guy.

Mark”  (February 2008)

Thanks, Mark.


“First of all, let me state that I am a personal friend of the author having known Jill for the past 32 years.  My wife and I traveled to LA for the book launch at Booksoup on August 8th to support our friend.  We knew very little about the porn industry, let alone the characters involved.  John Holmes was just a name that I had heard during my youth.  I, like most, knew the name for “that” reason.  Our evening at the book signing involved meeting a number of people who were instrumental in the creation of this work of art –Bob Chinn, Laurie Holmes, Ron Jeremy, Kenji, Bill Margold, Rhonda Jo Petty, Joel Sussman and Frank Tomlinson.  They were ordinary people, approachable and genuine.   Four of them spoke of the John Holmes they knew, offering an insight that was intriguing.  I bought the book.
I was unable to put it down once I started reading.  From the days of John’ youth, to his development into the “King” of porn, to the drugs and his downfall, to the Wonderland murders, to his rise from the ashes, until his death Jill and Jennifer, through extensive research and numerous interviews, have captured the essence of a man loved by many.  They have expertly crafted a biography, which will be proven to be the gold standard given time.”

Terry (Ontario, Canada)  August, 2008

Thank you so much, Terry.

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