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January 14, 2015

Charlie, and memories of a Paris robbery

Saint Paul's Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown bittersweetly recognized, and memories of being robbed on the Paris subway, circa 1996.
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December 31, 2014

Joyce Lamont; Frances Gershwin; A Marshmallow World; The Holidays

Memory Lane: Open to more reminiscent traffic, especially this New Year's Eve.
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December 9, 2014

The geneses of two iconic stories behind the stories, told to me by those who created them, one of them still preserved on videotape.

I LOVE LUCY's writers, Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr. and A CHRISTMAS STORY's Jean Shepherd told me how they had the ideas for two iconic creations, plus unrelated, but hopefully memorable, addenda.
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November 12, 2014

Near-death experiences; Premature winters; IMDb

Catching up: A mixed-bag of geezer thoughts.
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September 4, 2014

Joan Rivers: RIP. Some happy personal memories on a very sad day

One of Joan's favorite questions, after delivering a possiblly inappropriate joke, was "Too soon?" Those last two words, in my opinion, describe her passing today. Too soon.
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August 19, 2014

Don Pardo; Lauren Bacall; State Fair Senior Days

Don Pardo, a broadcasting treasure and icon, passed away yesterday in Tucson at age 96: some thoughts. Lauren Bacall's son Stephen, Paul Douglas and yours truly: the triple connection. Hope to see you at the State Fair next Monday and Thursday.
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August 12, 2014

Robin Williams; 77th birthday thoughts, past and present; Smokey, The Bear's voice

- Robin Williams's passing yesterday: A terrible shock and loss. He was a joy to interview, several times. - Now being 77, I've still never stopped learning. Apparently, however, many who populate this world seem to NEVER learn, and sadly, possibly never. will. - Smokey, The Bear, reaching age 75: Remembering my D.C. colleague, Jackson Weaver, Smokey's famous voice.
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July 18, 2014

Disparate reflections: "Never this bad"- ABC-TV's Martha Raddatz; Elaine Stritch

The current world turmoil, and the loss of one who could make us forget our cares.
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July 1, 2014

Mixed-bag thoughts again: The VA, Howard Baker and a pending Scottish event

No complaints from this vet regarding the Minneapolis VA Medical Center; The privilege to have known Howard and Joy Baker; Time approaching to don kilts!
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June 6, 2014

D-Day thoughts; The late Bob Ryan; School shootings

Memories and multiple musings
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May 1, 2014

Mayday! Not a distress message for THIS day. Maestro Vanska is back. Also, a tribute to a 100-year-old friend.

The Minnesota Orchestra is finally "whole" again. One of its greatest conductors returns to begin doing his magic again, for at least two more years. Another giant in a different realm, and a friend to me since 1968, has celebrated 100 years of bringing joy via his work.
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April 17, 2014

The Kansas Nazi-sympathizer/shooter and Hitler's personal photojournalist: The latter's comments to yours truly in 1974.

One of the most interesting people I've ever met was a man named Stefan Lorant, Hitler's personal photojournalist. It's too bad the Kansas Nazi-sympathizer didn't read Mr. Lorant's 1974 book. It might have changed his mind about Hitler, from one who was among those closest to the leader of The Third Reich.
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April 7, 2014

Myriad Monday musings down Memory Lane - Mickey Rooney and his father; Sid Caesar and Sudetenland thoughts, too.

Having had the privilege to know and work with Mickey Rooney's father in 1949, as well as Mickey in later years, the memories are both joyful and sad this day; A two-year 1950s Sid Caesar connection; parallels between Sudetenland "Lebensraum" and Russia's President's apparent ambitions: It CAN'T happen again.
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March 2, 2014

Jim Lange, and a Warner Bros. Director/mentor back-story

Very sad to learn Jim Lange passed away this past Tuesday. There are a couple wonderful memories to share. Also memories of Jack Warner's favorite Director, Delmer Daves, this weekend of the Oscars. (Next time: Sid Caesar)
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February 5, 2014

Joan Mondale; Renee Fleming; Philip Seymour Hoffman; Delmer Daves

Reminiscences and observations, present and past.
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January 14, 2014

Post-Auld Lang Syne: Something about which to really sing, or trumpet: The Minnesota Orchestra

In my opinion, one of the most "good news" stories ever for Twin Cities, regional and global music aficionados: Our orchestra lives again.
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December 5, 2013

Mandela: Ubiquitous exemplar. One personal example experienced in South Africa, circa 2007.

Watching tonight's national television news coverage about the passing of Nelson Mandela reminded me of how he impacted and unified even the stereotypically most unlikely to think of unity and respect. A personal experience I think you'll be glad to read.
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November 22, 2013

November 22, 1963

Those of us alive that date definitely remember where we were when we heard the news about President Kennedy's assassination. Among millions of others who remember, following is yours truly's memory of that day, as well as memories of time with Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President Kennedy's sister, and her daughter, Maria.
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October 20, 2013

Catching up: A true statesman; A great photojournalist; The Minnesota Orchestra; The Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley's passing; the passing of a great Twin Cities broadcasting photojournalist; possible salvation for The Minnesota Orchestra: and an honor humbly accepted three weeks ago tonight.
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October 7, 2013

"Skip" Loescher, most of all, but with a footnote.

A dear friend and former broadcast colleague's passing last Friday triggered memories of a truly great television newsperson.
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September 10, 2013

Syria; Diana Nyad

Musing about events of the past few hours and days.
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August 10, 2013

Post-76th birthday thoughts, thanks to Bob Schieffer.

CBS-TV's FACE THE NATION host, Bob Schieffer, made my 76th birthday a bit happier last Sunday, one day before it occurred.
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July 8, 2013

Hooray for Andy Murray! "Rule Brittania" applied yesterday.

An unabashed Anglophile's glee regarding Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon.
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July 2, 2013

Marge Anderson; Desert Heat Wave Memories

A wonderful lady has left us, but left an enduring legacy of progress for her people. Also, strong personal memories of scorching times in the California desert.
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June 5, 2013

Jean Stapleton: A shared personal history. Aaron Hicks: Another Kirby?

The late Jean Stapleton's late husband, Bill Putch, was my first drama teacher, simultaneously with Shirley Jones. A reminiscence. A non-sequitur, too: Aaron Hicks, in the opinion of a lot of us, is on the way to becoming as great and endearing as the late and great Kirby Puckett.