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In My Tribe

In My Tribe

Since writing my last blog post, I keep coming back to a conversation I had with a black colleague when I worked at Fox in Boston in the mid ’90’s. His name is Ralph. One day on a shoot, we were talking about the black casting of some of Fox’s shows at the time, shows like […]

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The Wisdom of Rodney King

The Wisdom of Rodney King

It’s been some time since I blogged but tonight I am moved to put into words what has been on my mind. I’m supposed to be packing for the beach but right now, the keyboard calls more than the suitcase. This past March 3rd was the 25th anniversary of Rodney King’s beating by Los Angeles police […]

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The Eulogy That Never Was

I never wrote a eulogy for my brother, Pete. It never really entered my mind to write one or to try to speak at his funeral. In all honesty, family speeches at funerals make me uncomfortable. At one funeral I went to, a daughter-in-law said so much, I kept thinking, “This is what therapy is […]

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Off the Sideline, into the Helpline!

I was watching CNN this morning and caught the tail end of an interview Chris Cuomo did with a victim of the tornado. She told Chris that when friends ask what they can do, she tells them  friends to send gift cards. I got to thinking, I could do that too, who says I have […]

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Coke’s Marta Station Take-over

Coke has “taken over” the CNN/Philips Arena Marta station for the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta. This is as big a takeover as I’ve seen in Atlanta.

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A Letter to the Atlanta JCC’s Executive Director

If you haven’t heard, the Atlanta JCC’s Book Festival is coming. Part fundraiser, part book fest, it’s one of their biggest annual events. Unfortunately, the J has landed themselves in hot water with the cancellation of one author’s session. The author in question, Peter Beinart, wrote a book called The Crisis of Zionism. Beinart contends, and […]

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What is wrong with people?

Jeez. This is one of those stories you hate hearing about and that kinda sucks to write about. On the other hand, when I hear one like this, I also feel like I need to speak up. Tonight I heard a “Jewish story” that made me embarassed. I met a young guy here in Atlanta […]

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To Facebook, or not to be?

I had a chat with a co-worker on the way to the parking garage the other day. Let’s call him, Scott.  Actually, that is his name, so, yeah, let’s call him that. Scott admitted to a not uncommon childhood fantasy that I also had when I was in 1st or 2nd grade: that people in […]

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The Fun People in TV

It’s usually not worth trying to convince people that television jobs aren’t nearly as glamorous as they think. There’s inevitably a comment from an accountant who wants to convince me that my job really is more fun than theirs. What I would say, though, is that among the people I work with, I think some of the most […]

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Riddle me all the referendums

One of the things that Mat and I really enjoy is people watching. I always loved sitting on a bench on the Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk and watching people go by. Well, being in Georgia has presented a lot of interesting people watching. As I notice things, like the SEC team worship down here, I […]

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