They Don’t Make Romantic Comedies Like They Used To
Film, TV, and the Arts

They Don’t Make Romantic Comedies Like They Used To

Hollywood does not produce as many great romantic comedies today. Big studios, the Hays Code, and repertory companies of great supporting actors and off-screen craftspeople no longer exist. Talent and star power are not what’s missing.

“The New Journalism” Is No Longer New
Film, TV, and the Arts

“The New Journalism” Is No Longer New

Journalists gave themselves permission to be writers, not just chroniclers. We explored our reactions to the people, subjects, and events we wrote about, instead of trying to hide them. We used fiction-writing and story-telling devices to tell true stories. We became participants, even characters, in our stories.

Sugar Is An Addictive, Mood-Altering Drug
Mental Health

Sugar Is An Addictive, Mood-Altering Drug

The amount of sugar in your blood, and how rapidly and suddenly it changes, affects your mood more than any product in a health food store. Watching sugar, not fat or calories, is also the best way to lose weight for most people.

David Hilton, Part 1: Warrior, Leader, Mentor, Friend
Mental Health

David Hilton, Part 1: Warrior, Leader, Mentor, Friend

Anger alone is a self-defeating, unsustainable motive for a lifelong commitment to social change.This is how David Hilton (1953-2003) inspired me to change the system, and how I combined his inspiration with my own personal qualities to sustain a lifetime of activism.

David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage
Mental Health

David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage

When facts and experience contradict an ideology, rational people question their ideology. Ideologues deny the facts and cling to their ideology. David Hilton’s life and death fit no neat ideology.

David Hilton, Part 3: What Finally Got Him?
Mental Health

David Hilton, Part 3: What Finally Got Him?

Hundreds of people all over the country would have been honored to get a call from David Hilton when he needed someone to talk to, but he must have felt completely alone and abandoned by his friends when he died, His friends in the mental health rights movement felt abandoned by him.

Ground Zero At The “USA Today” Revolution
Personal memories

Ground Zero At The “USA Today” Revolution

When “USA Today” first appeared in 1982, the newspaper industry panicked. How can we compete with all that color, those graphic,to and the dumbed down stories that started and ended on the section front instead of jumping to an inside page?

Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi:  The NY Giant Years
Baseball and Football

Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi: The NY Giant Years

Before Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys, and Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers, became Hall of Fame head coaches, they were football’s first famous assistant coaches (called “offensive and defensive coordinators” today) with the NY Giants in the 1950’s. A new book looks at Landry’s and Lombardi’s years with the Giants, and how they became great head coaches elsewhere.

How College Football Helped Integrate the Old South
Baseball and Football

How College Football Helped Integrate the Old South

In the 1950’s and ’60′s, college football programs in the South were all white. Having a winning team became more important than having an all-white team. .As conservative, well-connected alumni and fans realized African American players could help their teams win, they demanded black players, and got them.

Henry Clay, Part 1: Aaron Burr’s Strange Western Adventure
Politics

Henry Clay, Part 1: Aaron Burr’s Strange Western Adventure

Aaron Burr chose “rising star” Henry Clay to defend him in the two treason trials that were held in Kentucky. The third was in Richmond, Va. He was found acquiited each time. The charges were politically motivated, and the evidence fell apart at the trial or was recanted later. Historians now question a letter President Thomas Jefferson considered positive proof of Burr’s guilt.

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