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Steve Karras
Steve Karras is the People section writer for the original online automotive and lifestyle magazine
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and has worked ever since as a freelance writer and documentary filmmaker. In 2009 he completed a ten-year initiative to conduct over 2000 hours of interviews with WWII veterans and was the genesis of two completed projects: a feature length documentary film, About Face, and a non-fiction book of oral histories entitled, The Enemy I Knew: German Jews in the Allied Military in World War II (Zenith Press, 2010).
Steve lives on Chicago's north shore with his daughter.

Entries by Steve Karras

The Agency Vince Built: Chicago Entrepeneur and Family's Five Decades in Travel Industry

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 10:40 AM


The formula for a profitable, long-lasting business has yet to be conceived. It doesn't exist. Even the entrepreneur with the most chutzpah and proven track record will invariably reference numerous false starts, bad timing, and personal failures before finding success. Most of...

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What Would Louie Do: Author David Rensin on Career and Collaboration With Louis Zamperini

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 4:36 PM

David Rensin and Louis Zamperini in May 2014

We all face life challenges from the seemingly insurmountable to the mundane. We seek advice in a variety of places (parents, friends, mentors), but when author David Rensin does -- at least for the...

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Zane Buzby -- 'One Foot in Comedy, One Foot in the Holocaust'

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 8:09 AM


"We are living in a unique moment in time. A tipping point. We are witness to the last generation of Holocaust survivors, and we are the last generation to have the opportunity and the honor to help them. These are people who endured...

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Robert Crenshaw's Friends, Family and Neighbors: Detroit Rocker on Roots and Working With Talented Loved Ones

(6) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 12:47 PM


If one were to mount a strong argument in defense of the collapse of the recording industry it would be this: Songwriters and musicians are still going to create and record great music. Better yet, those who once recorded on major labels,...

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VH1'S 'Hit The Floor' Actor Don Stark: Prolific Character Actor on Hard Work and Hollywood

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:17 PM


Don Stark is most recognized as Bob Pinciotti, the quirky neighbor on the hit FOX sitcom That 70's Show. A quintessential character actor, Stark has shared the frame with Hollywood legends like Nicolas Cage, Mila Kunis, Kathleen Turner, Larry David, and many...

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Orange is the New Black's Annie Golden

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:54 PM


Orange is the New Black saved last season's biggest bombshell for its Christmas pagaent finale. And, it was Litchfield's least likely offender -- the mute inmate Norma Romano, played by Annie Golden, who stunned everybody when she broke her silence with an unforgettably...

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Late D-Day Veteran and Filmmaker Samuel Fuller Honored in Daughter's Documentary

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 9:31 AM


In his memoir A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking, Samuel Fuller wrote, "Heroes? No such damned thing! You moved your ass one way. And you didn't get...

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D-Day Veteran's Brother Was Holocaust's First Jewish Victim

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Lothar Kahn, D-Day Plus 70 Years

Lothar Kahn's backstory has all the ingredients of a Hollywood movie -- the Jew from Nazi Germany who returns in the vanguard of war to face his sworn enemies on D-Day. Inglorious Basterds proved it a...

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Dawn Ritz' Ascending Southern Star: Hollywood Costume Designer to Appear at Phoenix COMICON

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:39 PM


"There's no right or wrong in art, there's only something called experiences," mused Dawn Ritz. The tenacious costume designer, scheduled to appear as a guest panelist at the 2014 Phoenix COMICON, has seized Tinsel town opportunities rather than let them come...

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Lee Marvin at 90: Marvin Biographer Dwayne Epstein On Late Actor's Titanic Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:52 PM


Lee Marvin's life was detailed in the quintessential biography.

A laptop in the hands of the right cinephile can yield something important -- something to be enjoyed by film scholars and fans, something for the ages. Of course, the computer laptop...

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Ex-Seinfeld Writer Fred Stoller Gets Serious and Returns to Stand-up Comedy

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:22 PM


Fred Stoller is one funny guy. He wrote the book on character acting (literally -- it's called Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star), and now he's returning to his roots as a stand-up comic,...

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Jack Ruby in a Cavanagh Hat: Paul Metsa On Writing the Last Great American Folk Song

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Singer-Songwriter Paul Metsa takes on the volatile life and legacy of Jack Ruby (photo by Howard Christopherson).

Paul Metsa is the other great folksinger from Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range. Hibbing's own Robert Allen Zimmerman left the state in 1961, busting at...

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Sebastian Robertson: The Band Co-founder's Son on Music That Changed the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Composer/Producer Sebastian Robertson

Sebastian Robertson may not be a rock star like dad [guitarist and The Band co-founder] Robbie Robertson, but he's every bit his father's son. A successful composer in his own right, Robertson (the younger) stands equally in awe of all...

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Breaking Bad's Junkyard Dog: Actor Larry Hankin

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Actor Larry Hankin

Breaking Bad has had countless supporting actors fill the ranks of DEA agents, cartel psychopaths, and tweakers in its five seasons of crank-infused high opera. But only Larry Hankin, who played Old Joe, will forever be etched into...

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'Iconic' Take It Anymore: Trashing One of the World's Most Overused Words

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 3:00 PM


Can we please give the word "iconic" a rest? These days, you can't pick up a newspaper, click on some website, turn on a f*%$@* TV without reading about something or someone that is iconic. Once upon a time, the now infernal...

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Fred Melamed: In a World Star on Working With Directors Lake Bell, The Coens, and Woody Allen

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 5:01 PM


Fred Melamed is an actor's actor, who has built a solid reputation for his stage and film work, having worked with such cinema giants Woody Allen and Joel and Ethan Coen. He's played a host of supporting roles on TV, including Larry...

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Dennis Christopher: A Life in (and Out of) Celluloid-Legendary Character Actor on Tarantino and Breaking Away

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 1:03 PM


If you're an actor and you wind up being cast in one of Quentin Tarantino's films, it's for a reason. He wants you there. Hollywood has its "A-list," and Tarantino has his... Take actor Dennis Christopher, widely known as the Italo-centric, cycling...

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Welcome Royal Baby (Whoever You Are): An Open Letter to the Unborn Prince or Princess

(52) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:27 PM


Kate Middleton seems to be taking her sweet time giving birth to her firstborn child. So, we have decided not to wait to offer the unborn, unnamed child of royal personage a few kind words of welcome and advice. Really, it's the...

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Stanley Dyrector Sheds Light on Hollywood's Darkest Period: Showbiz Scribe and Raconteur Discusses His New Book

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 6:50 PM

Author Stanley Dyrector

Stanley Dyrector was made for Hollywood... or Hollywood was made for Stanley Dyrector. The verdict is still out. But the former actor, turned writer and award winning talk show host, has been a part of Tinseltown's narrative as much...

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Marshall Crenshaw, Muso #1: The Intrepid Music Man Waxes on Kickstarter and Carpenters

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:56 PM


Marshall Crenshaw is really much more than his extensive catalog of catchy songs, his inimitable voice, and his jaw-dropping guitar work. And even though he once played a fake John Lennon in Beatlemania, a fake Buddy Holly in the 1987 biopic La Bamba, and...

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