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A.O. Scott’s Uncle Eli Passes at Age 98

There’s a rather unusual video sitting towards to top of the New York Times obituary for actor Eli Wallach. Ahead of Wallach’s lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010, the actor – then 95 – welcomed grand nephew A.O. Scott to his Upper West Side apartment for a warm-hearted conversation. Wallach was Scott’s Great Uncle.

“I keep forgetting my lines,” Wallach jokes at the end of the video. “Just ad lib,” Scott replies.

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Casey Kasem Memorial Imbued with the Spirit of Humanitarianism

ShutterstockCaseyKasemAll three children from Casey Kasem‘s first marriage were at a memorial held in Los Angeles over the weekend for their legendary dad. And it is one of those offspring, Kerri Kasem, who has delivered a most inspiring quote.

Here’s what she told New York Daily News west coast bureau chief Nancy Dillon:

“The one thing I heard over and over from people was that the memorial inspired them to live a better life and be a better person. Everyone got to hear about my dad’s humanitarian work and what a great father and friend he was.”

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RIP: Felix Dennis

DennisPublishingLogoIn the U.S., Dennis Publishing’s footprint had been reduced to The Week and Mental Floss. But it is of course for the vertiginous rise of Maxim magazine that the company’s flamboyant chief executive chairman Felix Dennis will be most remembered here.

With news that Dennis passed away over the weekend at age 67 after a long battle with throat cancer, the fond reminiscences are starting to be shared. From a piece by The Guardian‘s David Hepworth:

Although Felix loved the company of journalists and photographers, he never made the mistake of getting hung up on editorial. When Maxim was at its height in the United States, I sat with him while he went through a new issue, purring over every page of advertising, pulling out a gatefold and cackling, “You know how much they paid for that?”

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A Father’s Day Tragedy

This is absolutely horrific.

CloserMagazineLogoOver the weekend in the Hamptons, Closer magazine editor-in-chief Annabel Vered and her husband Josef Burstein witnessed the death of their six-year-old daughter Tess. While trying to dart across the road in front of their property on Sunday, the little girl was hit by a car driven by an elderly neighbor.

From a report in the New York Post:

[Maurice] Wittenberg and his wife, Harriet, 76, who was in the car with him, told The Post that they had been returning from their weekly trip to the local King Kullen supermarket…

“I feel it wasn’t my fault, but it’s still a terrible thing to know you’ve killed an innocent little child. It was the worst day of my life,’’ the man said.

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Stacy Jenel Smith Bids Farewell to Co-Columnist Marilyn Beck

MarilynBeckStacyJenelSmithAt the top of the in-house obituary for Marilyn Beck, who passed away over the weekend at age 85 after a three-year battle with lung cancer, there is a great picture of Beck with Elvis Presley and a reminder of this reporter’s place in the entertainment journalism pantheon:

Beck was the last of the old school, high-powered Hollywood-based newspaper columnists with some 500 papers, domestic and international, running her five-day-a-week column at the height of her fame. That was in addition to her NBC Marilyn Beck’s Hollywood Outtakes specials, her long-running stints on television’s syndicated PM Magazine and E! Channel Gossip Show, her reports on LA radio station KFI and her books.

Following a divorce, Beck set up shop in a Beverly Hills canyon home on El Roble Lane. For a time, she wrote alongside her daughter Andee. It was also from that hillside abode that Beck embraced the Internet very early on. She cited George Burns as a favorite interview subject, feuded with Robert Blake and gained the trust of various other Hollywood stars during her long career.

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Attorney Wants People to Remember Dave Herman for His Radio Legacy

DavidHermanFBIPhotoThe sordid final chapter of Dave Herman‘s life has come to a sudden end. Per a report in the Journal News, the trailblazing one-time WNEW-FM radio DJ passed away in Essex County jail Thursday while awaiting trial on federal sex charges relating to Internet solicitation of a minor.

The case will now, forcibly, be dismissed. Meanwhile, Herman’s legal representative relayed to reporter Hoa Nguyen some very wishful thinking:

Attorney Marc Agnifilo said he hoped the case wouldn’t overshadow Herman’s legacy.

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An Amazing, Easy Read: Dennis Hopper’s Special-Day Bio

ShutterstockDennisHopperTomorrow, in beautiful Taos, New Mexico, another “Dennis Hopper Day” will be celebrated. This one starts with an 11 a.m. bikers rally and “Easy Rider Ride,” and ends with an evening screening at the Old County Courthouse of Hopper’s iconic 1969 indie.

The reason we bring this up – besides the fact that we love anything to do with Hopper – is that on the official website for the annual celebration, there is an absolutely spectacular bio of Hopper, written by the man himself. Now, not all job opportunities for our readers today warrant, or even allow for, such a bold approach. However, for those of you about to try and dazzle a recruiter or managing editor with an unconventional bio, or interested in some atypical LinkedIn lingo, perhaps Hopper’s words can serve as inspiration:

I was born in Dodge City, Kansas, on a farm, in 1936. I followed the light changing on the horizon.

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RIP: Daily News Reporter-Editor Bill Federici

Glenn Greenwald and Bill Federici are part of a very select newspaper reporter group: journalists who have played a part in daring, real-life capers.

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In the case of former Daily News reporter and editor Federici, who passed away Tuesday in Florida at age 82 after a long battle with cancer, it involved the DeLong Star Ruby. From colleague Bill Hutchinson‘s obit:

On September 3, 1965, Federici landed on the front page of the Daily News, photographed recovering the DeLong Star Ruby from a phone booth in Florida.

The 100.32-carat gem was stolen on October 29, 1964 from the American Museum of Natural History by Florida surf bum Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy and two other men. Also swiped in the heist was the famed Star of India sapphire, which was recovered in a Florida bus station locker.

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An Edward R. Murrow Award That is Bittersweet

GarrickUtleyWRVOPicThe 51-minute radio documentary New York in the World has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow/Small Market Radio award for News Documentary. But as WRVO general manager Michael S. Ameigh explains, the usual elation has been dampened by the fact that program host Garrick Utley passed away in the interim:

“We received the news that WRVO was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award with a mixture of great pride and deep sadness that collaborator and narrator Garrick Utley, one of the most distinguished international journalists of his era, will share the honor posthumously having succumbed to cancer in February,” said Ameigh.

Ameigh describes New York in the World as Garrick Utley’s project. The documentary is based on research Utley commissioned as head of the SUNY Levin Institute, which promotes thoughtful engagement and an active response to globalization and its impact on New York state. “That he invited WRVO to produce the documentary is in itself profoundly gratifying,” Ameigh said.

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Jack Lemmon, Harry Belafonte and Gabriel García Márquez Walk Into a Bar…

This weekend’s Washington Post interview with Edith Grossman, who translated the novels of Gabriel García Márquez beginning with 1985′s Love in the Time of Cholera, was fascinating. But FishbowlNY’s favorite remembrance of the Nobel Prize winner, also involving the year 1985, comes from David Markus, executive for arts coverage at San Francisco public outlet KQED.

ShutterstockHemingwayElFloriditaIn 1985, on behalf of two publications, Markus was attending the Latin Film Festival in Cuba. At one point, he found himself hanging out at the El Floridita, a bar made famous by Hemingway, with the author and festival honorees Jack Lemmon, Harry Belanfonte. From Markus’ piece:

That day “Gabo,” as everyone called Márquez, is the definition of cool. He looks like a cross between Anthony Quinn and Jean-Paul Belmondo, fit, strong, proudly middle aged. He speaks pretty good English in what appears to me as his unofficial role as minister of charisma for the festival — meeting, greeting, charming all kinds of folks…

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