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Posts Tagged ‘Hank Stuever’

Congresswoman, Reporter Pay Tribute to Gary Coleman


Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.), who represents the Los Angeles area, offered this floor speech captured by C-SPAN in memory of former child actor Gary Coleman who died last week.

“Although short in stature Gary stole the hearts of American viewers with his humor and his infectious smile,” Watson said. “He lived his life with a spunky sense of humor. She never uttered the popular one-liner, “whatchootalkin’boutWillis.”

But WaPo‘s pop culture Style writer Hank Stuever did in an online chat Friday on Coleman’s death. “…He was very ill — even back then, it was dialysis several times a week, I seem to recall. It made me ache for him, even as I was just one of many who wanted a piece of the very long “Watchootalkin’bout” punchline and jokey narrative that trailed him forever. I was with him about five minutes before it stopped being funny and became something else.”

Stuever spent a morning with Coleman in August 2003 as the actor ran for governor of California.

Changes in WaPo TV Team

In an internal memo obtained by FBDC, WaPo announced a new Style column by Tom Shales, who has been the paper’s lead TV critic for over 30 years. Shales will take a broader role as culture critic, writing not just on all things television but from “a 30,000-foot perspective on our culture and the forces that shape it.” Hank Stuever will take on a new role as WaPo daily television critic. Lisa de Moraes will continue her popular TV Column but will soon be given a new blog.

WaPo memo after the jump.

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Friday Photo Fun! WaPo Style?


Backstage pass from Lilith Fair? No, WaPo Style writer Hank Stuever‘s 1989 intern badge– just one of many smile-worthy posts from Stuever’s blog:

Believe it or not, I’m only slightly embarrassed to dig this up and show you: It’s been 20 years this summer since I was an intern at the Washington Post. This was the summer between my junior and senior years of college, the same summer I turned 21.

Yes, the hair: More Belinda Carlisle than Bono, right? The glasses don’t help either. And the only reason I’m not smiling is because it’s my first day at work and I am scared sh*tless.

Stuever’s intern badge explains a lot about Post “style.” Now I know why Dan Zak insists that hypercolor sweatpants are all the rage or why Amy Argetsinger won’t leave home without a full can of Aquanet… clearly Stuever’s influence.

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Taking Out The Trash, 02.02.07

  • This is the one time of year commercials get some love.
  • C-SPAN reports that New York Times Baghdad correspondent John Burns confirms that he’ll remain in Iraq until mid-summer before moving to London to become bureau chief. Burns confirmed it during a taping of Q & A on Friday.
  • In his online chat today, Jonathan Weisman notes, “Reporters on television — and in on-line chats — put themselves into a perilous place. We are supposed to keep our opinions ourselves, and at the same time, be engaging and fun. That said Tom Ricks’ book Fiasco definitely takes a strong point of view, backed up extensively by facts, and no one has jumped
    on him.” (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Julie Mason reports, “A suspcious package prompted the evacuation of the press corps’ temporary White House press room on Jackson Place this morning. A dog apparently sniffed out some explosives in a car parked nearby.” Don’t worry. It was a false alarm.
  • This weekend on C-SPAN2, Book TV will air an “Encore Booknotes” program with columnist Molly Ivins. In 1998, C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb interviewed Ivins about her latest book, “You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years” for the award-winning author interview series “Booknotes.” The interview airs on Saturday at 1:15 pm ET and Sunday at 9:30 a.m ET.
  •’s Jason Gross picks his best music writing for 2006. Among the winners are the Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott and Hank Stuever. Somewhere, Josh du Lac quietly weeps…and not over concerns that his name isn’t as cool as Russ McCracken’s.

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  • Hank Stuever: Downie Is My Homeboy

    From his online chat today:

      New York City: Hank, congratulations you on another fantastic year of The List. It’s daring, as always, as well as dead-on.

      My question, a technical one: Does “In” mean more of “What’s In, As Of Right Now” or “What The Public Will Be Into This Year”? That is, is The List reportage… or prognostication? I suppose one answer is that it can vary depending on the trendiness of each reader — but I’d like to know -your- intent behind it. Thanks.

      Hank Stuever: That’s a good question. I would say it breaks down a little like this:

      40 percent of items I want to reflect the Right Now, This Minute

      25 percent I want to look ahead

      20 percent I want to just try to be weird or funny

      10 percent I hope make people spittin’ mad

      5 percent come from Len Downie