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Norman Lear
The creator of such shows as "All in the Family," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and "The Jeffersons," Norman Lear is a pioneer of a more candid, socially realistic genre of television programming and a champion of democratic values. Mr. Lear founded People for the American Way to defend core First Amendment freedoms, and the Business Enterprise Trust to celebrate businesses that advance the public good while achieving financial success.

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Entries by Norman Lear

Goodbye for Now, Dear Nancy

(61) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 3:27 PM

At 8:50 this Sunday morning I received a call to tell me I'd just lost a friend. Nancy Reagan had died. "You lost a 'friend?'" a second friend exclaimed mockingly in another phone call. I hung up as quickly as I could and cried, not just for Nancy who was...

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Warning: Carson and Trump

(13) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 5:58 PM


I've been reading the exchanges between Donald Trump and Ben Carson and am warning them now: If they continue in this manner I will sue. There is nothing funny about the racial enmity they are expressing, which they are stealing directly from two...

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Ben Carson and the American Way

(292) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 9:17 PM

I titled my recently published memoir Even This I Get to Experience to express an attitude of openness and even gratitude that I have tried to bring toward the ups and downs of life. I can now add another to the list: Out of the blue, a former business colleague...

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Mourning in America

(6) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:31 PM

I have been inspired by stories about the late, great Julian Bond's life and accomplishments, from his days as a student organizer through his service as a state legislator and his years as an advocate for voting rights and equal opportunity. But I am also feeling a bit haunted by...

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The Terrible Plight of the Average American Voter, Left and Right

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 9:01 PM

They are fed up with American leadership in every sector of our current culture, be they corporate, union, pharmaceutical, legal or political leaders. In their emotionally crowded lives American voters despair of being aided, let alone led by them.

"Fuck them all," they feel. But, God-fearing souls that they...

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Fulfilling My Bucket List At 93

(21) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 8:44 AM

The top of my bucket list always included a desire to sing. My friend, actor, singer-guitarist and composer, Paul Hipp, wrote the happy birthday song when he turned fifty. I loved it and asked if I could lip-synch it as I turn ninety-three. This was the result and I don't...

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A Long Ago Fourth of July

(13) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 10:24 PM

It was the Fourth of July, 1928. In 23 days I would be 6 years old. A neighbor was having a barbecue and our family was invited. I was told I could stay up late enough to see the fireworks, the fireworks my Uncle Jack was bringing. Unfortunately, Jack was...

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Don't You Just Love People Who Love America?

(498) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 8:46 PM

I mean, how rare is that! Can we ever thank enough the red, white and blue patriots -- the true America-lovers -- like Rudy Giuliani for pointing the finger at those, like our president, who so clearly don't love it.

"I do not believe that the president...

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Brian Williams -- Enough Already!

(254) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 11:18 PM

I know Brian Williams well enough to say "Hello, Brian," and hear "Hello, Norman." We've been together a dozen or so times in groups.

So what I'm about to say here doesn't come from a "friend" or "a pal of." It comes from someone whose empathy is grounded in...

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Help Us, Dear God

(28) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 7:00 AM

A few hours ago I read about remarks made by a prominent individual on a much-celebrated TV show Sunday morning and I have been haunted by them ever since. The remarks concerned the torture report recently released to the American people by a committee of the United States Senate.


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What Would You Do If You Just Learned That Your Wife Had Been Secretly Sharing a Mission With the Secretary-General of the United Nations?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 11:31 AM

I couldn't admire Mr. Ban Ki-moon more, but his essay Tuesday about Climate Change came right out of the mouth of my wife who has been peeling wallpaper with that rhetoric for most of the thirty years we've been married. He is pleased, he wrote, "to see Climate...

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Can You Wear a Tan Suit and Still Love Your Country?

(306) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 8:52 AM

We all know that loving your country is a serious matter, especially when you are the president. And we all know that wearing a dark color is taken to be far more serious than wearing a light one. Those stout hearted Americans who were so upset that their president discussed...

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Patriots Come in All Shapes, Sizes and Talents

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 2:54 PM

In the land of the free and the home of the brave I don't understand why Madison Rising couldn't feel free enough to create their own rendition of our National Anthem and brave enough to sing it at Daytona or anywhere else in this land of the free and home...

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Folks, I'm Worried About Rush Limbaugh

(386) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:46 PM

Folks, I'm worried about Rush Limbaugh.

To your knowledge has anyone ever exploded, you know, burst apart, like if we humans had seams, and once in a great while someone just bursts open and guts and shit shoot out in every direction? Has that ever happened to anyone you...

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Bless You, Our Elected Officials, Steve King and Michele Bachmann

(855) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Don't you just LOVE when you see a Congressman and a Congresswoman with their heads on straight? Bless you, our elected officials Steve King and Michele Bachmann.

It doesn't trouble them publicly that, as a result of the government shut down, thousands of airline inspectors are

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If I Were to Tweet, I'd Ask...

(99) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 7:41 PM

If I were to tweet, I'd ask...

Why did Tom Cruise elect to fly to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to praise Wal-Mart at its annual shareholders' meeting? It might not occur to me to wonder if Mr. Cruise had been paid for his appearance, but the Times specifically said he was not....

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Goodbye, Edith Darling

(203) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 7:28 PM

This will be short and sweet. Never as sweet as I'd wish it to be if I took a month to write it. I only just learned that Jean Stapleton, our beloved Edith -- or Edith, our beloved Jean Stapleton -- has passed.

Back in 1971, possibly the first...

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No Bullshit, Please

(847) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 11:40 AM

This will be simple. It comes from the kid part of me who cries easily and gets terribly frustrated when the answers to simple questions are avoided or skirted or otherwise buried in a ton of bullshit that is passed off as deeper thinking. Or when my question is met...

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None of My Business -- Or Is It?

(153) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 7:27 PM

At first I think the contretemps in today's New York Times over the $142 million memorial to Dwight Eisenhower is of no concern to me.

A little while later I find it nagging at me. Maybe because I saw battle in World War II, where we Allies were decidedly...

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Let's Hear It for 'Bullshit!'

(210) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 10:30 PM

In 1991, Senator Tom Harkin was considering a run for the presidency and in a speech to his community in Iowa he used the word "bullshit" -- for which he was scolded and taken to task. He phoned me wanting to know how I thought he should respond. I answered...

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