December 10, 2009 |
Tim Donaghy has become the latest public figure to write a book before reading one. The difference is that most of those other "authors" had ghost writers. Donaghy said he had help from no one - except his mother. In his new book, Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA, the disgraced NBA referee writes that because he was never a very good student, he was proud of himself for graduating from Villanova. "Not bad," he wrote, "for someone who had never read a book.
August 27, 2010
RECENTLY a letter written by Mr. Todd Cohen criticized a previous letter writer who recommended higher taxes for the rich and elite of our population and lower tax rates for middle and lower income levels of our population. The writer was correct in stating that the Bush administration's lower tax rates for the rich would be a financial imposition upon the median and struggling segments of our population. We all have to become more realistic of the needs concerning all our citizens.
July 28, 2010
Peter Fernandez, 83, a voice actor, writer, and producer who helped introduce the United States to Japanese animation in the 1960s by adapting the series Speed Racer for American audiences, died July 15 of cancer at his home in Pomona, N.Y. Mr. Fernandez gave voice to fast-talking action hero Speed Racer and wrote the English lyrics to the theme song, which can still cause many now-grown fans to bust out a line from the chorus: "Go, Speed Racer,...
February 16, 2013
Richard Collins, 98, a blacklisted screenwriter who later named names to Communist hunters during the McCarthy era, died Thursday, Feb. 14, of pneumonia in Ventura, Calif., his son, Michael, said. Mr. Collins was one of 19 writers and directors called by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 in a probe of supposed Communist subversion in Hollywood. He wasn't asked to testify, but 10 who refused to answer questions about their beliefs were jailed in what has widely been called a witch hunt.
March 12, 1996 |
Herbert N. Read Jr., 75, formerly of Jenkintown, a marketing and public relations writer for movie producers and radio stations, died last Tuesday at the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center in Royersford. "He was a terrific writer and had great contacts in Hollywood," said a longtime friend, George "Hank" Haines, former chairman of the Abington Township Board of Commissioners. "He knew comedian George Burns and actress Jean Harlow and her mother. He even arranged for [the late]
October 28, 2010 |
A Philadelphia writer is suing Oprah Winfrey for reading on her show last year passages of a booklet he wrote, and without his permission. According to a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, Charles Harris alleges that on her show broadcast on Feb. 16, 2009, Winfrey read the selections from the publication he wrote in 2000 titled "How America Elects her Presidents" He said Winfrey's actions were "deliberate, willful, malicious, oppressive,"...
August 14, 1989 |
Tonight's edition of American Masters (Ch. 12, 9 p.m.) is not only engrossing, it also manages to do something I've never seen on television: It re-establishes the reputation of a writer. Titled "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket," this hour-long examination of Baldwin's life and writing reminds us how important Baldwin was, as a novelist, essayist and moral conscience for the nation. Born into a middle-class family in Harlem in 1924, Baldwin died 63 years later, a world-famous author who had lived much of his life abroad.
October 18, 1997 |
May Marcia Snyder Steiner, 81, a writer and editor and women's rights activist, died Sunday of heart failure at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point. A resident of Northfield, Atlantic County, since 1993, she previously resided in Ventnor for 38 years. She was born and raised in New York City. Ms. Steiner was a supervisor for the New Jersey State Employment Service in Atlantic City for many years. She also had worked at the Claridge Hotel, and as a teacher at both the Atlantic City Friends School and Temple Emeth Shalom Preschool in Margate.
May 15, 1986 |
Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Denny, traded in the off-season by the Phillies, was accused by a baseball writer for the Cincinnati Post of assaulting him before last night's Phillies-Reds game at Veterans Stadium. The writer, Bruce Schoenfeld, said Denny grabbed him around the neck for 25 to 30 seconds, banged his head against a wall near the Reds' clubhouse and threw him to the ground. Denny told other Cincinnati writers that he did not hit Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld, 24, said he came across Denny and teammate Joe Price working out in a hallway about 5:05 p.m. He said Denny immediately stopped the workout and began berating him, shouting, "Get out of here.
January 17, 2002 |
If too many cooks may spoil a broth, the new Brat Productions offering is evidence that a theater piece can also have too many creative chefs. The program for Once lists a head writer, a cowriter, a contributing writer, and the three performers as cocreators. In addition, director Madi Distefano says in a note that a dramturg and sculptor participated in early discussions. That's a lot of input, and it could explain why the show at Mum Puppettheatre is a fragmented piece that fails to weld its separate parts into a coherent, meaningful whole.