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Terrence Bonham

Terrence Bonham

Terrence J. Bonham is the Senior Partner at a law firm which has practiced its profession since the streets of Ventura, California were nothing more than dirt roads. Founded in 1882 by Orestes Orr what has grown to become Benton, Orr, Duval & Buckingham features seven full-time attorneys practicing various forms of the law.

Mr. Bonham, Esquire, is fond of pointing out one of the early members of the law firm was an outstanding lawyer but made more money and became more famous as a writer. Erle Stanley Gardner was well known for his spirited and creative defense of the local Chinese Community which at one time was among the largest in the State of California.

Gardner of course was the author of the Perry Mason stories going from books to television to movies. The law office in which he practiced for what would later become the current law firm is an officially recognized landmark. His office in the Erle Stanley Gardner Building is just 75 yards away from Bonham's current office and stands at the center of downtown Ventura.

Growing up in Northern California, Bonham watched baseball through his only professional outlet, the Pacific Coast League. He remembers fondly those days of seeing players such as Billy Martin and Jackie Jensen on their way up the professional baseball ladder. Among his favorites were the former members of the Negro Leagues who were now engaging their white counterparts on their way to the big leagues. Bonham became an avid collector and still collects baseball cards and autographs to this day. He has a special fondness for collecting items related to the Negro Leagues, particularly Artie Wilson and Ray Noble

In the military in the mid 1960's Bonham was admitted to the bar and the California and U.S Court of Military Appeals in 1964. He also served with the 4th Infantry Division in Viet Nam .A graduate of St. Mary's College of Law and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1963) today his main area's of practice are Product Liability, Administrative law, Legal Malpractice, Arbitration, Construction law, Personal Injury, Insurance Defense, Automobile and Chiropractor Malpractice.

Mr. Bonham today lives with his wife Joyce in Ventura after raising a successful family. His relationship with Bob Brill, author of "Fan Letters to a Stripper" began in the mid 1990's when the two met over their love for sports collectibles. They have remained friends ever since and have become business partners in the projects under the title of BATWagon LLC with Attorney Amy Stoody of Newport Beach.


Benton, Orr, Duval & Buckingham, A Professional Law Corporation
39 North California Street
Ventura, CA 93001-2620
805-648-7218 (FAX)

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Amy Menkes Stoody

Terrence Bonham

Amy Menkes Stoody was named by Sky Radio as one of the Most Influential Women in a recent poll of female lawyers around the country. Stoody, who graduated from UC Santa Barbara, went on to to serve as an editor of the Law Review at her Law School. She is well known in Orange County circles as well, where she is the senior partner at a prestigious law firm. Whether it is a charitable function or being the guest speaker at a convention, Amy Stoody is one of the most highly sought after attorneys around.

Currently the Senior Partner at Stoody, Mills, Lansford and Doyle, she graduated with honors from both U.C.S.B. and Western State University College of Law. She's been working exclusively in Workers Compensation Defense, representing employers, school districts and public entities since 1988.

Following in her mother's footsteps in becoming an attorney, the Newport Beach raised legal eagle has written numerous articles and is a weekly contributor as a legal analyst for KNX News Radio, CBS Radio in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Magazine has listed her as a Super Lawyer, voted by her peers, for the past five years.

Amy numbers among her friends several sports personalities and as a sports fan herself, she has even taken her writing skills to a level outside of the law. She's appeared in several publications, writing articles on sports including one asking "When Should an Athlete Retire?" and another questioning some Olympic trends as they pertain to women athletes.

Amy also serves on the Board of Directors for Boys Town California, a charity dedicated to saving children and healing families.

A long time entertainment buff, Ms. Stoody is a key part of the team in the Patti Waggin project. The lawyer with the winning smile was a welcome addition to the group.

Amy Menkes Stoody, Esq.
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law

Stoody, Mills & Doyle

19900 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 950

Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 223-9876 Phone

(949) 223-9879 Fax


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Bob Brill


Bob Brill is the founder of the Patti Waggin/Don Rudolph project. His first contact with the couple's story came on the back of Don Rudolph's 1959 Topps card where a cartoon of Patti appeared on the back. The caption read "Don's wife is a professional dancer."

In later years Bob would do more research on the couple and many years after they both passed on, learned they lived very close to his San Fernando Valley home while he was just a teenager. He never met them, although he might have as they all banked at the same branch across the street from Bob's house.

Bob Brill would later spend decades in news and sports broadcasting becoming an award winning broadcast journalist. He later would be named the West Coast Bureau Chief for the UPI Radio Network where he stayed until he went to work full-time in the sports memorabilia and trading card industry. He worked for The Score Board where he was Director of Hobby Sales and Media Relations, later owning his own card store, KC Kings Sportscards. He is also currently a Vice-President of Consignments & Acquisitions for Huggins & Scott Auctions and still buys and sells sports cards and autographs.

His passion was always writing and radio and he returned to both after a 10 year hiatus. He went back to work at KNX News Radio, CBS Radio in Los Angeles as a news anchor. He had worked at the station 20 years prior and felt right at home in the anchor's chair again.

Brill and his partners acquired the rights to the Waggin/Rudolph story and images after purchasing much of the estate from another dealer. The trio of Amy Stoody, Terry Bonham and Bob Brill formed BATWagon LLC and moved forward with the project. They will release several books, a major motion picture screenplay is in development and licensing is available under the right circumstances.

Mr. Brill has covered major news stories plus sports and nine Academy Awards Ceremonies along with the Emmys, Grammys, presidential races, Super Bowl games, NBA Finals and the World Series. With a passion for international news Bob has traveled to 27 countries touching three continents with a special fondness for Italy, his ancestral home. Three of his four grandparents were Italian immigrants arriving in the United States and settling in Pittsburgh, PA between 1896 and 1906.

Born and partially raised in Pittsburgh he is a die hard Pirates, Steelers and Penguins fan and has what is believed to be one of the largest collections of Bill Mazeroski collectibles in the world. The retired Pirate's second sacker was Brill's hero growing up and he has interviewed the former player several times, penning multiple articles.

Bob lives in Ventura, CA. He has three children who are having their own success in various places around the world.

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