Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug17

Remembering Robin Williams

I am still reeling from the loss of Robin Williams. Just came across one of the shortest, yet most touching tributes to “my...

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Parkinson’s May Have Played A Role In Robin Williams’ Suicide
Aug14
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World Cartoonists Remember Robin Williams
Aug14

World Cartoonists Remember Robin Williams

Cartoonists around the world are continuing to offer their tributes to comedy and acting great Robin Williams. Here’s a cross section: These copyrighted cartoons are licensed by Cagle Cartoons to run on TMV. Reproduction without licensing is strictly...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug13

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams by Michael Winship Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. He came bearing bagels. Lots and lots of bagels. He was, as a colleague said last night, a mensch. The first time...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Robin Williams
Aug12

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Robin Williams

OF RELATED INTEREST: --Fox News makes blunder in reporting Robin Williams’ death (wrongly identified footage — and Shepard Smith called Williams a “coward” and had to apologize). –Robin Williams Committed Suicide by Hanging Himself, Police Say --Furor over graphic details of Robin Williams’ death –Robin Williams and depression: We all wear a mask Mike Peters is recognized as one of our...

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High Praises for Robin Williams
Aug12

High Praises for Robin Williams

So much has already been said here and elsewhere mourning the death of Robin Williams and celebrating his incredible talents and humanity, that I will not even try to add, except to say he was my favorite actor and comedian — a beautiful person. But, perhaps, one of the greatest tributes to Robin Williams is the quickness and number of touching messages and statements made and released by our nation’s leaders expressing sincere...

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Cartoon: Robin Williams Memorial
Aug11

Cartoon: Robin Williams Memorial

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Robin Williams is Gone, Ay! Long Live the Fisher King
Aug11

Robin Williams is Gone, Ay! Long Live the Fisher King

Robin Williams, was not only a consummate actor and tour de force comedian. He appeared to also be a lovable Puer Aeternus, an eternal boy; and also a Pater Familias, a father not only to his own but to many many young persons pursuing comedy careers. He was also a Lover — of life, so so deeply and so sensitively. His role in Fisher King* was hardly an act, regarding his character’s so easily written upon self, his...

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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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