Nostalgia:  The Powerful Taste of Long Ago

Posted on February 18th, 2021
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The Madeleine Tea Cake is the most renowned pastry in world literature.   When Marcel Proust’s narrator in Remembrance of Things Past began eating the sponge cake after it had been dipped into warm tea, a flood of memories was released—a watershed of seven volumes, 1.5 million words.   Here is that celebrated moment: “As soon as I […]

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The Morning Sound of Clark Weber from Chicago

Posted on February 12th, 2021
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When Clark Weber and Ron Riley, two of the most popular personalities on Chicago’s hottest radio station, WLS, introduced The Beatles to a sold-out crowd at cavernous Comiskey Park on August 20, 1965, the reaction was tumultuous.  “As we brought The Beatles on, you could put your hands out and actually feel the sound from […]

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Mank on Netflix explores the mysteries of Citizen Kane

Posted on January 28th, 2021
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After Orson Welles and Herman Mankiewicz shared the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 1941’s Citizen Kane, the wunderkind Welles sent this letter to his collaborator: “Dear Mankie, Here’s what I wanted to wire you after the Academy Dinner: ‘You can kiss my half.’ I dare to send it through the mails only now that I find it […]

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When Riddle and Ronstadt Made Beautiful Music Together

Posted on January 13th, 2021
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“Who is Linda Ronstadt?” That was the question Grammy/Oscar/Emmy winning arranger Nelson Riddle asked when he hung up the phone after a conversation with Peter Asher, Ronstadt’s manager. It was May of 1982 and Riddle was no longer at the top of his game:  his best years, those times when he and Frank Sinatra were recording […]

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The Story Nora Ephron Refused to Tell

Posted on December 18th, 2020
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Before her death, filmmaker Nora Ephron had one last important story to tell.  But, quite intentionally, she elected not to tell it. Ephron, who passed away on June 26, 2012, at the age of 71, had been living with a death sentence diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia for more than six years. Outside her immediate family […]

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