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Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Breslin’

Best Acceptance Speech of the Week: Cindy Adams

DeadlineClubLogoThe potent combination of the Deadline Club and NYC Hall of Fame journalists continues.

A while back, we relayed the great comments Jimmy Breslin had, at age 82, regarding his induction into the Deadline Club’s revived awards ceremony. Yesterday, it was time for the Sardi’s awards luncheon and, per a report by Capital New York’s Nicole Levy, the event included this equally great zinger from one of Breslin’s esteemed fellow recipients:

Honorees were told they had only two minutes at the podium — “because some people really do have to go back to work, really do have deadlines,” former Deadline Club president Betsy Ashton told the room, teasingly…

New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams, the first to receive her Olympic-style medal in hand, didn’t quite know what to do with her two minutes: “Nobody has given me two minutes since my wedding night,” she said.

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Capital New York Adds Three Weekly Columnists

And according to The Huffington Post’s senior media reporter Michael Calderone, the model for all three will be more “Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough.” Sounds good to us.

25 Hours website photos - reporters & editors. George Rush and Joanna Molloy.From Calderone’s item:

Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer‘s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy (pictured), a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite.

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Jimmy Breslin is A-OK with New York Journalism Hall of Fame Honor

“I’ll accept all awards!” the 82-year-old Breslin told New York Daily News reporter Stephen Rex Brown after learning that he, along with seven others, will be inducted in November to the Deadline Club’s revived New York Journalism Hall of Fame.

Breslin is an emblem of a bygone daily newspaper era. The November 14 honor at Sardi’s is a nice addition to a career that also encompasses the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Breslin told Brown he’s working right now on a novel and that his success tracks back to Queens:

“If you were in Ozone Park when my career started, you would have known I was going to get here!” said Breslin. “Because Ozone Park was a place that you had to work hard — and that brings vast rewards.”

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CBS News Producer and Former Daily News Reporter Recounts Life in Memoir

Paul LaRosa is a longtime producer at CBS News, having transitioned to electronic media following a long stint at the New York Daily News. Before that LaRosa, the lifelong New Yorker, attended Fordham University. But his career was shaped even earlier growing up in the Monroe Housing Projects in the Bronx. LaRosa went to Blessed Sacrament for grade school at the same time as future Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. One year her senior, LaRosa didn’t know Sotomayor, who lived at a neighboring housing project.

LaRosa, 58, has recalled his many personal experiences in a fascinating memoir, Leaving Story Avenue by Park Slope Publishing, released April 18th.

“It was such an amazing time–the late 1970s in New York–it was just before computers came into being,” LaRosa tells FishbowlNY.

LaRosa writes intensively about his 16 years at the News.

“It was the end of the Front Page era because people would drink at their desks, everybody smoked,” LaRosa says. “It was no big deal to spend hours at Louie’s [bar behind the Daily News building]…It was still like an old Humphrey Bogart movie.”

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