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A Super Bowl Invitation from Pete Rozelle

Posted on February 2nd, 2017
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In the late fall of 1974, while I was living in Cincinnati, Ohio covering major league baseball, a letter on National Football League stationary arrived. Even though it was a form letter, it was personally signed by the NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle – he was inviting me to cover the 1975 Super Bowl in New […]

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Cameo Appearances in His Own Films

Posted on January 25th, 2017
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As every Alfred Hitchcock fan knows, the master of suspense did cameo appearances in many of his films. In fact, he was in 39 of his more than 50 productions. There are a variety of stories about how this playful phenomenon developed – but his daughter, Pat Hitchcock, tells the most probable version. She says […]

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All Writers Must Be Marketers

Posted on January 16th, 2017
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John Grisham has been steadily producing best sellers since he published “The Firm” in 1991. The seven million copies plus a film adaptation (starring Tom Cruz) are standard operating procedures for Grisham: no fewer than 8 of his other best sellers have also been translated to the silver screen. Is there a secret behind this […]

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Doctors and Death

Posted on January 5th, 2017
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We recently read “Final Exam – A Surgeons Reflections on Mortality” by Pauline W. Chen. Talk about pulling back the curtain – Doctor Chen offers a candid, searing account of the death experience as seen through the eyes of a physician. Given that doctors are in the business of saving lives, the impact of failure […]

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Stunning Parade and Heart Stopping Rose Bowl Game

Posted on January 3rd, 2017
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            Yesterday was a gala day for Pasadena, California. Shattering an all-time Rose Bowl scoring record – 101 points between USC and Penn State – plus a stunningly creative Tournament of Roses Parade made for a most memorable 2017 New Year’s celebration. Ranking as an absolutely remarkable football triumph, the […]

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