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J. Edgar Hoover and the LA Times

Richard Serrano has a great story in today’s LA Times about former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover‘s obsession with Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jack Nelson throughout the early 1970′s. Hoover heard Nelson was planned on outing him as gay, and spent his later years (and who knows what kind of FBI resources) compiling a dossier on the reporter and his editors. Hoover even used to slander Nelson in the margins of departmental memos.

From the Times:

“Nelson is a mental case,” Hoover wrote on one memo.

“He is a rat,” he scrawled on another.

“A jackal.”

“A lice-covered ferret.”

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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: In Memoriam

cronkite.jpgOur favorite part of any award show is the memorial montage commemorating the lives of all those who passed away in the past year. While this year’s headlines were populated by the tragic deaths of celebrities and other bold-faced names — from Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett to Patrick Swayze and Senator Ted Kennedy — our industry lost quite a few of its prominent members in 2009 as well. Here, a look back at some of the media’s brightest stars we said goodbye to this year:

Former anchorman Walter Cronkite was perhaps the biggest name in the media world to pass away in 2009, and he was honored by a star-studded memorial in September.

A number of famous columnists also left us without their prolific narratives about politics, celebrities and the English language in 2009. Conservative columnist Robert Novak died in August from a brain tumor, Vanity Fair‘s Dominick Dunne passed away later that month after a battle with bladder cancer. The New York Times‘ “On Language” columnist, William Safire, died in September from pancreatic cancer. Another columnist who we had the pleasure of working with last year, men’s wear expert Stan Gellers, died suddenly last winter, just a few months after the publication he had contributed to for more than 50 years, DNR, folded.

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Former LAT Washington Bureau Chief Jack Nelson is Dead

articleInline.jpgReports specify Mr. Nelson had pancreatic cancer.

From NYT:

Jack Nelson, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Washington bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times who brought finely honed investigative skills to his coverage of the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal, died early Wednesday at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 80.

Our condolences to his wife, journalist Barbara Matusow and the rest of his family.

(photo credit AP)

Season of Wishes: Pinball Wizard’s Wish Granted at the Grove

Pinball Wizard Wish.jpgWe feel pretty whiny blaming a cold for the delay of a post about a boy in a wheelchair. Particularly a boy as inspiring and sweet as Ryan Post — but there you have it.

Last week, while we were coming down with the sniffles, Ryan, 11, was realizing his wish for a wheelchair-adaptive Spider-Man pinball machine.

Kathy Yeung and Jack Nelson of leading LA internet company helped grant the wish on Dec. 11 at The Grove, with more than 50 employees to celebrate the company’s sponsorship of Ryan’s wish as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s holiday campaign.

According to the press release:

Ryan, a 5th grader from West Palmdale who turned 11 on Dec. 2, was born with arthrogryposis and severe scoliosis, making it difficult for him to move his joints and compromising his respiratory function. Ryan has undergone over 25 surgeries since birth including his most recent spinal fusion surgery in early October 2007. Just prior to his most recent hospital stay, his mother decided to contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation, knowing that Ryan would wish for the adaptive pinball machine he discovered at an Abilities Expo in June 2007. The machine plugs into his wheelchair, enabling him to play using the micro-switches on his chair, which he did for hours when he first laid eyes on the machine at the Expo.

We wish we could have been there to enjoy the night with Ryan, but we trust that the friends (including that giant red arachnid pictured behind Ryan) were more than enough good company. Stay tuned later today to hear about the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s next wish-granting.

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