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Latest Smithsonian Magazine Features Gaggle of Celebrity Contributors

Smithsonian_November2013Want to read Martha Stewart‘s thoughts on the Singer sewing machine? How about Frank DeFord‘s look at the legacy of baseball’s Negro League?

These and many other celebrity guest essays are part of the November issue of Smithsonian magazine, which takes a look at the “101 Objects That Made America.” The objects were culled from The Smithsonian’s collection of some 137 million artifacts housed at 19 different museums and research centers, and are part of a fall multimedia offensive:

Richard Kurin (under secretary for history, art and culture) has selected 50 different items for his parallel book debuting this month, The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects. The Smithsonian Channel’s four-part series, Seriously Amazing™ Objects, premiering November 25, features surprising encounters with many of these objects.

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Frank Deford Appreciates the NPR ‘Non-Jocks’

Nice column item from Dusty Saunders in the Denver Post on venerable 74-year-old sports journalist Frank Deford. One of the topics covered is the difference between Deford’s HBO Real Sports audience and the one that tunes in to his weekly “Sweetness and Light” public radio commentaries:

“The NPR series has given me an audience which is not necessarily completely involved in the sports world,” he said. “And it’s refreshing to hear what non-jocks and casual observers think about events and players.”

Deford’s next HBO report, premiering Tuesday, is timely. It’s a profile of Nik Wallenda, the man who just daredevil-ed across one of the world’s Seven Wonders.

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Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Tomorrow night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom is notable for a couple of additional reasons. It will mark the three-year anniversary of the popular local series and is the first of several Live Talks events planned for Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

It all began May 14, 2010 with author Jane Smiley interviewing Dave Barry. Since then, series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has staged more than 100 events, bringing together everyone from Steve Martin and Tina Fey to Fred Willard and Darrell Hammond to Sharon Waxman and Sir Michael Caine. In addition to the evening series, which focuses for the most part on arts and culture, Habte-Gabr curates a downtown daytime business-themed bracket, Live Talks Business.

“We have three events booked at the Alex,” Habte-Gabr tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The first one is Burt Bacharach; the second one is Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12; and the third one is Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher, June 27. Then the Alex shuts down for some major renovations and they open back up in November, at which point we’ll probably have one or two more events there before the end of the year.”

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Sportscaster Len Berman Pens Another Children’s Book

Berman_4.jpgLen Berman, who gained fame for more than two decades as WNBC weeknight sportscaster, has published his fourth children’s book.

Of course, the subject — sports — remains his passion.

Last year, in the months after being pushed out at WNBC, Berman wrote The Greatest Moments in Sports. The book was geared to children, and became so successful that it made The New York Times Best Sellers list.

“The fact that a publisher wants to publish a book, tells you that they think they are going to make some money on it,” Berman says.

So he’s back with the The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. (Sourcebooks)

However, this time around, Berman isn’t the judge and jury of the process (along with his editor).

“This one I decided to have a blue-ribbon panel make the choices, because I didn’t want to be responsible for who’s in and who’s out,” Berman tells FishbowlNY.

That “blue-ribbon panel” includes former Yankee Bernie Williams, Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star pitcher Ralph Branca, longtime baseball executive Roland Hemond, noted journalist Frank DeFord and Sirius/XM host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

More with Berman after the jump

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