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Miami Beach Officials Aiming to Cancel Arthur Godfrey

At the height of his post-World War II popularity, Arthur Godfrey hosted two weekly CBS-TV series and another 90-minute weekday radio-TV program (Arthur Godfrey Time).

Per Wikipedia, the end-of-the-week daily show was a little different:

The Friday shows were heard on radio only, because at the end of the week, Godfrey traditionally broadcast his portion from a studio at his Virginia farm outside of Washington, D.C., and TV cameras were unable to transmit live pictures of him and his New York cast at the same time.

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RIP: Elaine Stritch

Broadway World has one of the first and best comments about the passing of the 89-year-old stage and film legend. It comes from Stritch’s agent Joel Dean:

“Elaine was truly one-of-a-kind. She was feisty, irascible and at the same time very vulnerable. After first meeting her she was very protective and hard to get to know but once I did she would be a friend forever. I learned not to be intimidated when she yelled at me which was very often.”

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Steve Forbes, John Kerry Call Attention to Journalist’s Unsolved Murder

Will the July 9, 2004 murder in Moscow of rising Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov ever be solved? It’s hard to say.

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On Wednesday, Forbes Media CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes sent out several tweets marking the tenth anniversary of the crime, including the message above. And from Washington D.C., Secretary of State John Kerry issued a powerful statement, which began as follows:

Ten years ago today, an American journalist was shot and killed as he left his Moscow office. Paul Klebnikov did more than write about politics and business in Russia. He was a voice of conscience in the fight against corruption.

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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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