You learn something new everyday … if you’re lucky!   It excites me when I’m on the trail of some information. It happens when I least expect it. Something will peak my interest that may have nothing to do with the main point, but I have to stop everything to investigate it. Friday the Thirteenth,…

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Norman Corwin

Norman Corwin is my hero. He first came to my attention when my father brought him as a guest speaker into one of his classes at USC.  (My father taught radio and television at USC for 25 years.) I believe that that was how Corwin later came to teach at USC, where he is still,…

16 Oct, 2011


The Crisis of Diminishing Imagination

We were born with minds capable of dreaming–creating wonderful romances, exciting adventures, horrible monsters, and just revenges to fulfill our needs for entertainment, to relish an opportunity, to nurture a budding love, or to mollify the injustices we’ve suffered. How many times have we lain awake, reliving the glory and joy of a triumph, or…

22 Sep, 2011


Literature saves the day

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome My mother’s family told her not to consider marrying a man who had not read and loved this book. My father’s family had warned him of the unsuitability of taking as wife any woman who did not love this book. I guess that explains why they…

26 Aug, 2011

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More Jazz Heroes–JazzAmerica

On August 9th of this year, I emceed a 90th birthday salute to Buddy Collette. The kids from his JazzAmerica program opened the show and knocked my socks off!  A terrific big band, now under the direction of bassist Richard Simon, full of great soloists, with a lot of poise, maturity, and SWING!  They’re high…

24 Aug, 2011

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8 Dec, 2011

Passion is catching. Words have power. Passionate words always stir me!  Even though I am not a mem...