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Posts Tagged ‘Brian van der Brug’

Fans Say Farewell at Sunset to the Late, Great Huell Howser

If you want to end your hump day with a smile, click on through to the first photo adorning the top of Nita Lelyveld‘s wonderful LA Times summary of yesterday afternoon’s Griffith Park Observatory tribute to the late Huell Howser. Taken by Brian van der Brug, it shows rows of people gathered on a hill, with the Hollywood sign in the background. Best thing about the pic? There was nothing Hollywood about the man being honored.

Lelyveld writes that some of those who made the Griffith Park pilgrimage were from faraway California small towns that Howser had covered. Others had equally fantastic connections to the roving KCET folk hero:

Lynne Green, 90, of Woodland Hills held court in high style in the first row of folding white seats, wearing a jaunty red hat decorated with a red feather and telling everyone she met about how, after she’d signed up at 80 for Buddy Powell‘s commercial acting class for seniors, Howser came to do a show on the class and “made me one of his featured speakers.”

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LA Times a Runner-Up in Three Pulitzer Categories

It’s a remarkable achievement for any journalist or newspaper organization to be named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. So congratulations are in order to the LA Times, despite the fact that the newspaper has just come up short in three separate 2011-year categories.

In Breaking News Photography, Carolyn Cole and Brian van der Brug lost out to the AFP’s Massoud Hassaini. His coverage of a suicide bombing in Kabul topped their chronicling of Japanese natural disasters. Meanwhile, in the realm of Feature Photography, Francine Orr’s look at autism lost out to Craig F. Walker’s look for the Denver Post at a discharged Iraq War veteran struggling with PST.

In the Commentary bracket, city columnist Steve Lopez’s touching reports about his dad’s dwindling health were a runner-up to Mary Schmich, who covers the Windy City in a similar capacity for sister newspaper the Chicago Tribune.

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