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RIP: LIFE Magazine Photographer Ralph Morse

LIFEmaglogoDuring a career bursting with signature shots, Ralph Morse delivered two of these to LIFE magazine at the turn of the 1960s. In 1961, he assembled for a lively group portrait every then-NFL starting quarterback. And for the February 1962 issue, there was Morse’s iconic shot of astronaut John Glenn, part of a lengthy chronicling of the Mercury Seven.

This past weekend, at age 97, Morse passed away in Florida. From Mary Alice Miller‘s Vanity Fair tribute:

Morse was a portraitist of stars, as well, credited for a particularly tender image of Audrey Hepburn cradling her Oscar for Roman Holiday against her cheek in 1954. His pictures of Jackie Robinson dancing around the bases during the 1955 World Series, and Sugar Ray Robinson jumping rope in 1950, solidified Morse’s status as a noted sports photographer.

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Journalist Revisits a Celebrity Biographer’s Fraudulent Ways

The late author’s editor would not talk to reporter David Cay Johnston. Neither would Simon & Schuster spokesperson Paul Olewski.

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But there it is, nonetheless, detailed in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. The litany of errors and fabrication committed by celebrity biographer C. David Heymann, who passed away two years ago in New York City:

It’s too bad CBS didn’t want to hear more, because all the celebrity bios Heymann wrote for them and other publishers — dealing with JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe — are riddled with errors and fabrications. An exhaustive cataloging of those mistakes would fill a book, so a sampling from his long career will have to suffice.

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Two Reporters Bound by Fleeting Oswald Memories

MauriceCarrollBookCoverThe first journalist is Maurice C. Caroll. As Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind recounts, on November 22, 1963 he was in Dallas for the New York Herald-Tribune:

When Oswald was shot, editors asked Carroll to write a first-person piece recounting his on-the-scene experience. Later, Carroll recalled, they realized they had forgotten to assign another writer to draft a main article. The result was a front-page report with Carroll’s byline that starts as hard news (cleanly written through by colleague Larry Shapiro, Carroll recalled) and then turns to Carroll’s personal observations.

“The prisoner, hands cuffed in front of him, was led into the cavernous garage under the station. Seconds before the shot, I shouted, ‘How about it, Lee?’

Those were very likely the last clear words Oswald heard before being shot, moments later, by Jack Ruby. The other journalist on this sad anniversary date is Pierce Allman. His encounter happened a little earlier.

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Newspaper Revisits Kodak-Kennedy Connection

For retired Kodak engineer Roland Zavada, this week is not only the emotional 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination. It also marks the end of his desire to actively talk about his role in authenticating the Zapruder fim.

Yesterday in Dallas, on the first day of the 19th annual JFK Lancer conference, Zavada gave a speech titled “Authentication: That’s a Wrap!” Today in Rochester, he’s on the front page of the Democrat and Chronicle, for a fascinating feature story by staff writer Sean Lahman:

Zavada’s work has been the focus of criticism in several conspiracy-theory books. Harrison Livingstone’s book, The Hoax of the Century: Decoding the Forgery of the Zapruder Film doubles down on the author’s contention that the footage was altered, edited after the fact to conform to the single gunman theory and hide what really happened.

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Nick Beef is Alive, Well and Living in Manhattan

“Who is Nick Beef?” For years, that question – relating to the mysterious, capitalized ground-gravestone next to the one in Fort Worth, Texas that reads OSWALD – has mystified both the media and JFK historians. No longer.

Dan Barry, who writes the “This Land” column for the New York Times, laid it all out over the weekend. His findings are deservedly being picked up left, right and center, although he frames it somewhat more modestly:

This scoop may not definitively link Castro, the mob and the Central Intelligence Agency to the Kennedy assassination, but, hey, it’s something. And to prove that he is who he says he is, Mr. Beef reaches into a small satchel and pulls out a contract from 1975 for Burial Plot 258 in the Fairlawn section of Rose Hill ($175), as well as a receipt from 1996 for the purchase and installation of a granite stone to be engraved NICK BEEF ($987.19).

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Pair of Iconic Photojournalists Honored at 2012 Lucie Awards

Only four photographers can claim to have snapped pictures from the sidelines of each and every one of the NFL’s 46 Super Bowls. Among that select group is John Biever (pictured), presented last night at the Beverly Hilton with the Lucie Foundation’s award for Achievement in Sports:

He started photography working with his father, Vernon, who was the long time Green Bay Packer sideline photographer… Biever vividly remembers shooting the 1967 NFL Championship game in Green Bay, the infamous ‘Ice Bowl’, played in -15 degree temperatures. A picture he took at that game, of Packer QB Bart Starr scoring the winning touchdown with less than 30 seconds to play, has been called one of the iconic photographs of NFL history. He was 16 at the time.

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LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez Accepts Honorary Degree

The first honorary doctorate handed out by San Jose State University in 1963 went to John F. Kennedy. Since that time, slightly less than two dozen have been awarded, the latest being LA Times city columnist Steve Lopez on Friday, April 29th.

During his acceptance speech (which you can watch below), Dr. Lopez shared some reminiscences about his days at school newspaper the Spartan Daily and ended with advice aimed specifically at the journalism grads in the audience. “Whoever you’re going after, give them hell,” he advised. “And please, do not try to take my job.”

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Elvis, Ruth 2010′s ‘Most Dangerous’ Autographs

Veracity has left the building. This according to Santa Ana based grading company Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).

The firm says 2010 was another banner year for autograph forgeries, with roughly half of all received submissions from third-party purchasers turning out to be as real as last week’s Farmer’s Market Elvis sighting. Per PSA, the year’s “Ten Most Dangerous Autographs” of entertainment and historical figures are:

1- Elvis Presley
2- The Beatles
3- John F. Kennedy
4- Marilyn Monroe
5- Michael Jackson
6- Jim Morrison
7- Neil Armstrong
8- Jimi Hendrix
9- James Dean
10- Walt Disney

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Walter Cronkite Dies At 92

cronkite2.pngLegendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite died earlier tonight. He was 92.

Our colleagues at TVNewser have the full report of Cronkite’s death, including statements from staffers at CBS News where Cronkite anchored the Evening News for 19 years, statements from ABC News and NBC’s Brian Williams and a rundown of how cable news covered the news.

When one of our own passes away journalists pay their respects, with lengthy obituaries in print, moments of silence on air and tribute specials. Expect lots of tributes to Cronkite over the next few days.

Cronkite was first reported to be ill in mid-June. He was suffering from cerebrovascular disease and his son Chip told The New York Times that the cause of death was complications of dementia.

Tonight, the New York Press Club honored their former member by urging journalists to “rededicate themselves to the high standards he set.”

Cronkite was best known for his work on the day of President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination and his famous sign off, “And that’s the way it is.” He was a powerful presence in the broadcasting world and, although he will be missed, his contribution to the industry can be felt in every evening network newscast. Now let’s have a moment of silence for Walter Cronkite.

After the jump, a clip of Cronkite announcing JFK’s death.

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Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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