When Death Kick Starts a Career

Posted on March 8th, 2019
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A poignant, unexpected or a tragic death of an artist — singer, actor, or author — often generates a fresh career appraisal.  New attention, ironically, can translate into big profits that might not have ordinarily been forthcoming. The acidic quote that death is a “good career move” originated with the passing of Elvis Presley at […]

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The Dead Speak: Lost Graves, Identity Theft

Posted on March 1st, 2019
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A mid-nineteenth historian, whose name is long lost, once remarked that the best way to understand a community is to go to the local cemetery. The true fabric of any society is written on the tombstones: long and short lives, triumph, tragedy, even missing chapters, it’s all there in one sprawling historical account. The most […]

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Carol Channing’s Cathedrals of Imagination

Posted on February 22nd, 2019
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It’s just been confirmed that on March 23, 2019, the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California will host a gala tribute to Carol Channing with a program of special performances and testimonials. The question is whether Channing, who died on January 15th at the age of 97 in the Palm Springs area, will have a […]

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The Epidemic That Could Be Stopped

Posted on February 15th, 2019
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In his seminal short novel, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Truman Capote’s lead character, Holly Golightly, explained the difference between the blues and the mean reds. With the blues, she pointed out, “You are sad, that’s all.  But the mean reds are horrible.  You’re afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don’t know what you are […]

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St. Valentine’s Day and the Fall of Al Capone

Posted on February 8th, 2019
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For very good reason, the gravestone is unremarkable.  Not elegant, subtle or in any manner imposing. Otherwise, it would be more of a target for thieves than it already is. The simple grave in section 35 of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, fourteen miles west of downtown Chicago, south of the confluence of Dwight Eisenhower Expressway […]

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