The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)
Jul19

The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)

ROBERT STEIN AND HELEN HAYES (UNDATED) The New York Times, celebrates late TMV contributor Robert Stein’s career. The Times says he helped expand the scope of women’s magazines in the early stages of the modern women’s movement, published articles about race and politics and introduced readers to the nascent writings of feminist leaders like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. Much more here. EDITOR’S UPDATE: Many...

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Robert Stein, veteran journalist, magazine editor, book editor, blogger and TMV co-blogger dies at 90
Jul12

Robert Stein, veteran journalist, magazine editor, book editor, blogger and TMV co-blogger dies at 90

Robert Stein, the veteran Greatest Generation journalist, magazine editor, book editor and, later in life, superb blogger, has passed away. He was a co-blogger here at TMV, admired by its writers and readers. I also had the pleasure of visiting him for a few hours at his Connecticut home about 7 years ago. His son Keith put this post on Bob Stein’s blog Connecting the Dots: SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014 Robert Stein: March 1924...

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Happy July 2nd.  Try To Be Hopeful & Stay Dry
Jul02

Happy July 2nd. Try To Be Hopeful & Stay Dry

When the best thing to happened in months is the Supreme Court closing down for the summer, then you know that 2014 has not been the most auspicious of years. Neither was 1776, but there is a certain holiday celebrated because of the events on July Fourth of that year (except that nothing of consequence happened on the Fourth; the real events occurred 238 years ago today.) Anyhow, we are living through a time of extraordinary human...

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The O.J. Simpson Saga 20 Years On: The Big Story Remains Why He Became A Murderer
Jun17

The O.J. Simpson Saga 20 Years On: The Big Story Remains Why He Became A Murderer

O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson on vacation with lawyer Robert Kardashian and his family in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico two months before the murders. It was a balmy June evening on the East Coast, 20 years ago today to be exact. We were watching Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden on a Los Angeles television station because we were putting our recently installed 12-foot satellite...

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MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED
May28

MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED

Dr. Maya Angelou of the beautiful name and the radiant spirit has passed. I hope for all who love her, and who admired her many works in civil rights, in autobiographies, in speaking out boldly, that we can be today and always in happiness for her life on earth– for certain she is One of a Kind. Iconic woman, hard scrabble beginnings, raped as a child, mute from the post trauma of that assault, coming back to life, training in...

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Knox Trial Shows in Italy, Guilty Fare Better than Innocents (Altri Mondi, Italy)
May14

Knox Trial Shows in Italy, Guilty Fare Better than Innocents (Altri Mondi, Italy)

It would appear that Italians are just as suspicious of the murder verdict against Amanda Knox as a majority of Americans seem to be. For Italy’s Altri Mondi, columnist Giorgio Dell’Arti issued this indictment of the Italian justice system, writing that when going to trial in that country, defendants are better off being guilty than innocent. For Altri Mondi, Giorgio Dell’Arti writes in part: According to the...

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Clay Aiken’s Opponent Keith Crisco Dies After Fall At Asheboro Home
May12

Clay Aiken’s Opponent Keith Crisco Dies After Fall At Asheboro Home

Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken’s opponent for U. S. House District 2 seat in North Carolina, died suddenly after a fall at his home on Monday,  Asheboro Courier Tribune reports. The North Carolina State Board of Elections released a statement:  “The State Board of Elections is saddened to hear of the passing of Keith Crisco. A native of North Carolina, we are grateful for Mr. Crisco’s service to our state and his community...

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Rumors Of The Newspaper Industry’s Death Are Not Greatly Exaggerated
May06

Rumors Of The Newspaper Industry’s Death Are Not Greatly Exaggerated

I’ll have some of whatever people are smoking who believe that daily newspapers — the ones that have made it to this point, that is — can survive in our increasingly digitized world. A big hit of whatever they are smoking, please, because all evidence points to the contrary. In fact, the newspaper industry is in free fall. There are exceptions, of course. The New York Times is prospering and has never been better,...

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My Friend Jack
Apr28

My Friend Jack

Although I have known Jack — Jack W. Robinson — for more than 10 years, I have known him real well only for the last four years or so. The fact that I grew so fond of him in such a short period of time speaks volumes of Jack. For a good part of those years, Jack has been struggling with the kind of serious medical problems which would have brought most people down a long time ago. But Jack was a fighter. We lovingly...

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When Free Speech Costs Double
Apr28

When Free Speech Costs Double

Dividing 30 Rock By 15 Minutes of Fame It’s The Call Of The Wilding TV Hosts The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist All the world’s a stage, but the modern American media business is but a shill game. So Tina Dupuy is right to make a distinction between Free Speech and Free Enterprise. The two things aren’t related as it turns out (not even kissin’ cousins if you’re watching “Duck...

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the DOORWAY: Passover,  Easter, Return of the Light
Apr20

the DOORWAY: Passover, Easter, Return of the Light

May this day and every day be blessed by seeing that so much returns to the Light, the warmth, the gentle rain… when one realizes we are all called to New Life in so many ways. There is the Door suddenly revealed… we can, as we choose open… again… Long ago after a decade’s long drought in the upper north, the old trees not having leafed out for years and years… thence came a rain, a blessed rain in spring and the trees led...

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Another Personal Post
Apr11

Another Personal Post

It’s painful enough to lose your parents but when estate issues become nightmares it’s even worse.  Don’t get me wrong, my siblings and I get along really well and that was not the problem.  It was the trusts my father had set up in 1992 to make life easier for us – unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.  It would appear that I got the Estate issues resolved  yesterday and I have been thinking about...

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Death of a Hero: Adolfo Suarez, a founding father of modern Spain, dies
Mar23

Death of a Hero: Adolfo Suarez, a founding father of modern Spain, dies

It won’t get monster headlines here in the United States, but we’re giving him his due here. Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first post-Franco Prime Minister who’s now recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern Spain has died. He was 81 and is an example of a life well spent. He was someone who tried to tap, capture and use something that had been in short supply Spain: consensus…and use it to grow a...

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Random Musings On The Spring Equinox
Mar20

Random Musings On The Spring Equinox

I cannot remember being so anxious for spring to spring as this spring. Not that I have forgotten about the winter of 1977-78, when our wood stove ran nonstop from Thanksgiving to Saint Patrick’s Day and the last of the snow didn’t disappear until early April. But this winter just passed was worse in that I had spent two weeks camping in the Florida Keys in February 1978 and have no tan to show off this year, only memories...

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Harlem Fire: Paul Ryan’s Racial Blindness
Mar14

Harlem Fire: Paul Ryan’s Racial Blindness

A building explodes in Harlem, leaving the dead so badly burned they cannot be identified, but we know they are not white. At the same time, a leading GOP thinker Paul Ryan, who has been on government payrolls since college, proclaims that young “inner city” men are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work” because they rely on government assistance to survive. In 1963, my high-school classmate...

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A Birthday Valedictory: ‘I Was So Much Older Then, I’m Younger Than That Now’
Mar14

A Birthday Valedictory: ‘I Was So Much Older Then, I’m Younger Than That Now’

Most of the people my age is dead. You could look it up. ~ CASEY STENGEL as related by ROGER ANGELL Today is my birthday, an occasion that I have studiously ignored since I was a youngster and my mother would prepare my favorite dinner of hot dogs and French fries with ice cream cake roll for dessert. But this birthday is different because I find myself two thirds of the way to the century mark and, despite sundry debilitations and...

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The View from 90: Havoc and Hope
Mar10

The View from 90: Havoc and Hope

On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated. It was my ninth birthday. In April 1945, I was a 21-year-old foot soldier on the floor of a German farmhouse when someone shook me awake to whisper that FDR had died. Now, at 90, I am inevitably shaped by those years after a working lifetime as writer, editor and publisher trying to explain the world to others—-and myself. The scenes around me today are filled with human...

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Passing of a Man with a Big Heart
Mar03

Passing of a Man with a Big Heart

He lived for almost 59 years with his first heart, for nine years with the second one and for a full 15 years with his third heart. But with each heart, Richard (“Dick”) A. Harbourt lived life to the fullest and, through his personal and public charitable and community work, he made sure that many others were able to do the same. You see, Dick Harbourt suffered a heart attack “out of the blue” in April 1989, at age 57. Afterwards,...

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Sid Caesar, Immigrant Son, Consummate Comedian, Dies
Feb12

Sid Caesar, Immigrant Son, Consummate Comedian, Dies

>Sid Caesar was born to hard-working immigrant parents, his mother from the then Russian Empire, and his father from Poland. The young couple struggled to come to the United States where as too often happened back then… the age-old family surname was lost at Ellis Island when an immigration official decided to re-name the family “Caesar”. Young Sid at age five was working in his parents deli/restaurant patronized by many...

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Actress Shirley Temple dead at 85
Feb11

Actress Shirley Temple dead at 85

Actress Shirley Temple dead at 85 (via AFP) Shirley Temple Black, the Hollywood child star who melted hearts in Depression-era America with her trademark blond ringlets and dimpled smile, has died at the age of 85, her family said Tuesday. She died of natural causes on Monday night in her California…...

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