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Queen of True Crime

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Ann Rule left us yesterday.

The legendary chronicler of American crime passed away at 84 and we lost the very best. For those of us that make movies-for-television and mini-series, Ann was the True Crime Gold Standard. Everything else; everyone else would always be compared to her.


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Vin Scully -- An Appreciation

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 3:28 PM

I was not a happy camper after my parents split up in the fall of my fifteenth year. I felt betrayed and abandoned and left alone to care for my depressed Mom and younger sister. My father and I had a rough time finding common ground. If he was oil,...

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A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

(11) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 9:21 PM

In 1994 I read Annette Funicello's autobiography that she wrote with Patricia Romanowski. It told the story of the little girl from Utica, New York, whose mother saw a singing and dancing talent and convinced her husband to take a chance and move to Hollywood to give her little Annette...

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Santa is Not An Anagram for Satan

(10) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 5:09 PM

My family celebrates Christmas. That might not seem so surprising, except for the fact that we're Jewish. We also celebrate Chanuka (which I am choosing to spell the way the Temple spells it - not any of the multiple greeting card spellings).

Like so many families across America, we...

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Dad Handbook 2.0

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 2:17 PM

My father never came to my school to make pancakes with other Dads.

My father never brought McDonalds to the Varsity basketball team at the end of a 6am practice.

My father never bunked in a cabin with nine 4th graders on a sleepover field trip.


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