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Steve North
Steve North is a longtime broadcast journalist and freelance print writer. After working at ABC-TV, he became news director of two NY radio stations, then a correspondent/newscast anchor at NBC Radio, and feature reporter/producer at the RKO/United Stations Radio Networks. For fifteen years, he was a writer/senior producer at CNBC-TV and newscast anchor at CNBC Business Radio, before coming to CBS as broadcast writer for the CBS Early Show, later CBS This Morning. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including Newsweek, People, The Daily Beast, The Jerusalem Post, Salon and Newsday, and he's the winner of fifteen major journalism awards.

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Ready, Set, Roast!

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:22 PM

"Roastmaster General" Jeff Ross; Source: Just for Laughs

As the longtime "Roastmaster General" of the Friars Club and Comedy Central, Jeff Ross is typically the shocker, not the shockee. But even the comedian once described as a "one-man verbal assault unit" was...

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The Unsung Hero of Sixties Music

(7) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 7:02 PM

"I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still." That's the opening line of the 1963 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron", one of a string of songs that vividly captured the essence of teenage romance in a way American popular music had rarely done.

There's been...

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Another Knockout for Broadway's Rocky

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Lamb Chop brought Andy Karl and me together. Not the kind that's roasted, grilled, or served with mint. I'm talking about the iconic sock puppet created by the late ventriloquist Shari Lewis back in the 1950's.

Karl is the Broadway veteran who's just racked up rave reviews for his...

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Channeling the Father of Television

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 10:47 AM

"Don't waste your time", the editor of a new magazine about television advised me. "We went to the old guy's house and just could not get him to focus. All he talked about was his place in Florida".

It was 1981, and the publication's debut issue noted that Vladimir...

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A Letter From Budapest

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 4:15 PM

The Associated Press reports that Hungarian right-wing extremist leader Csanad Szegedi, long known for his viciously anti-Semitic comments, recently acknowledged that he himself is Jewish... a fact the 30-year-old politician became aware of just two years ago. The story is reminiscent of this 2007 article, originally published in...

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One Singular Sensation... and What He Did For Love

(12) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 10:00 PM

This profile was originally published in 1991.

It was early 1989, and TV producer Terre Blair called her mother with the exciting news. "I'm engaged", she announced. "I'm getting married to Marvin Hamlisch!" "Marvin Hamlisch?", the prospective mother-in-law replied. "You mean the boxer from Las Vegas?" "No, Mom. That's Marvin...

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Remembering Phoebe

(26) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 6:47 PM

She had been leaving messages of varying degrees of urgency on my answering machine for three decades, but this one from Phoebe Snow sounded particularly worrisome. "Something bad happened, and I'm not sure how to deal with it. Please call me a.s.a.p." I couldn't imagine what was wrong. Previously, I...

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Comedy, Then and Now: Laughing With the Legends of Stand-Up From the 1800's to 2010

(21) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 12:22 PM

Myron Cohen was telling his greatest jokes to an audience of one: me. I had grown up in the 1950's and '60's watching him perform countless times on the Ed Sullivan Show, and now, in 1978, the aging stand-up comedian was sitting down in his living room, clad in a...

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Tolstoy: A Voice From the Past

(11) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 1:01 PM

The end of the line came one century ago for Leo Tolstoy, who died in a railroad station where he had taken ill. It was ten days after the 82-year-old Russian novelist fled his family estate, where due to his intolerably troubled marriage, he had been living a life filled...

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