Recent Entertainment Commentaries

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1969: The Good, the Bad, the Politics, the Music, Two Miracles and a Principled Stand
In 1969 — fifty years ago, today — I was driving a 1965 blue Mustang while attending my second year of college as turmoil swirled in the country. While I didn’t know it at the time, the country was more divided then at any time since the Civil War. The Good: miniskirts… lots of them. The Bad: the Manson family....
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September 24, 2019
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A Time of Fear…
Note to Readers: Apologies for my absence. I’ve been working on completing a long-term project. It’s taken longer than expected. I hope to have another commentary on Friday, and return Tuesday. I appreciate your understanding. It was a time of fear; fear of communism; fear of American citizens who may be Communist spies; hate for those who sat before the...
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September 16, 2019
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For Love of the Game
This is a little piece of fun, and we could all use a little fun right now. When you think of legendary baseball managers you think of John McGraw, Joe McCarthy, Connie Mack, Casey Stengel, Walter Alston, Joe Torre – managers that had the grit and gumption to not only manage players, but get out there and battle with the...
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September 6, 2019
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I’ll take ‘Best Penalties’ For $1,000, Alex
While the incredible streak by Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer has come to an end, one issue remains unresolved. Jeopardy’s streak of integrity, intact for decades, was crushed Sunday evening when some bonehead revealed Monday’s winner on social media. As regulars familiar with the show know, Jeopardy! is taped weeks in advance, and contestants must sign an agreement whereby they are...
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June 5, 2019
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Now for A Little Inspiration
While I am still decompressing from reading the Mueller report, I thought it was time to turn a corner — 180 degrees to be precise — and revisit some past commentaries that have, according to Google Analytics, received renewed interest. Heroes are hard to come by. When Lt. General Hal Moore (co-author, We Were Soldiers Once… and Young), passed in...
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May 6, 2019
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The “Everybody-Does-It” Defense
“I remember my uncle Harold told my aunt about this affair he had. It was a sort of mildly upsetting event in my family… The affair was over, something like eight years. So I remember asking him, ‘Why did you tell her? You got away with it.’ And I’ll never forget what he said. It was the getting away with...
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April 15, 2019
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Courage, Grace and Humor
In a selfless and sobering video message, long-time Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced to his fans that he has been diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer. But it was the way Trebek told this highly personal story that matters. “Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being...
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March 11, 2019
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When Popularity Trumps Judgment
R&B singer R. Kelly was “…recently indicted on aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims.” The New York Times reports (Feb. 22) that “three of whom were underage, according to the Cook County state’s attorney, Kim Foxx. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse can carry a sentence of three to seven years in prison for each count. Mr. Kelly… faces 10 of...
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March 1, 2019
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Costas is Right!
I’m not a football fan. Never have been. Like boxing, I just saw too much brutality in it, and the more brutal it got, the more fans seemed to cheer. However, I never understood the ultimate consequence of all that head-bashing until I saw the 2015 film, Concussion. In possibly the most compelling performance of his career, Will Smith plays...
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February 25, 2019
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Why, Jussie?
“If Jussie Smollett lied, look at the harm he caused Chicago — and America” – Chicago Tribune editorial headline, February 21, 2019 On January 29, 2019, actor Jussie Smollett reported to Chicago police that he was assaulted by two men in ski masks. Smollett told ABC Good Morning, America host Robin Roberts that “…he went across the street to a...
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February 22, 2019