Stephen Sondheim’s Pivotal Relationship with Oscar Hammerstein

Posted on December 2nd, 2021
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Stephen Sondheim, who died recently at the age of 91, grew up in a highly dysfunctional home.  The man who was to become the central figure in the American Theater for six decades was raised in an atmosphere of material privilege laced with significant emotional turmoil. Sondheim’s father, Herbert, was a clothing manufacturer and his mother, […]

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The Eternal Grief of Losing a Child

Posted on November 26th, 2021
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This is how author Mark Twain described his reaction to hearing of the sudden death of his daughter, Olivia “Susy” Clemens:  “It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. There is but one reasonable explanation of it.  The intellect is stunned […]

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Countdown Bin Laden:  The Gripping Conclusion of a Ten-Year Manhunt

Posted on November 19th, 2021
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In writing Countdown Bin Laden, veteran network anchor, Chris Wallace, and his co-author Mitch Weiss, found themselves facing a formidable challenge.   How was it possible to craft an intriguing account of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden when the world’s entire book-buying public already knew the outcome of the story?  Wallace’s goal was to write an […]

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Halloween Star Michael Myers Teaches Coping Skills

Posted on October 29th, 2021
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Michael Myers is the epitome of The Boogeyman. He sits on the front row of Hollywood horror film royalty, right there with vintage fiends like Dracula, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein.  His contemporaries, the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, have their macabre moments, but as Myers’ creator, John Carpenter, remarked, “He’s a force of nature, […]

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Harry Houdini died on Halloween, as Predicted

Posted on October 22nd, 2021
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Preeminent illusionist Harry Houdini died on Halloween 95 years ago.  It was a curious death.   A famous fortune teller predicted it months in advance.  And shortly beforehand, Houdini himself suspected it was coming. While his attending physicians identified peritonitis, occasioned by a ruptured appendix, as the official cause of death, some wondered if foul play was […]

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