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NYC Playwright Moonlights as @dick_nixon

On Twitter, the owner and operator of beyond-the-grave account @dick_nixon is staying true to form:

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But in print, indeed, the jig is up. Per an article by AP writer Hillel Italie that is being member-syndicated left, right and center, the account’s spot-on emulation of Tricky Dick is the work of a local who authored the 2006 play Mickey Mouse is Dead:

Admirers have speculated that the account manager is a politician, a journalist or even a member of the Nixon family. But Twitter “Nixon” is, apparently, 33-year-old playwright and New York resident Justin Sherin, born years after the president left office…

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RIP: Look Magazine Photographer Charlotte Brooks

CharlotteBrooksPer an obituary in the New York Times, Charlotte Brooks was born in 1918 as Charlotte Finkelstein, but because of pervasive anti-Semitism, later changed her last name to bolster her chances of professional success.

From 1951 until 1971, as Look magazine competed weekly with Life, Brooks was one of just a few female members of Look‘s full-time photographer ranks. From humble assignment beginnings, she would go on to cover Duke Ellington, Ed Sullivan, Fats Domino and Richard Nixon. From a Library of Congress essay about Brooks’ career:

She accepted a job in the promotions unit of the Advertising Department, making pictures that regular staff photographers balked at doing. Her tasks included the “sociable cheese” series – photographing supermarket displays when a cheese manufacturing company was a major Look advertiser. Another lowly assignment had her in smoke-filled rooms at professional meetings, photographing visitors’ heads in cardboard cutouts of celebrities.

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The Young Turks Hit Indiegogo Home Stretch

Last week, just ahead of Thanksgiving, The Young Turks majestically hit their Indiegogo goal of $250,000. Helping greatly in that regard were Sean Mackinlay (Canada), Brian Weissman (Seattle) and Diana Francisco (Agoura Hills, CA), who each ponied up $5,000 to have a camera named after them; and New Jersey resident Stephen Perillo, who purchased $15,000 conference-room naming rights.

With the TYT gang, we knew there would be fireworks at the end of the crowd-funding run. Sure enough, Cenk Uygur and co. are planning to wrap up the campaign with a 26-hour continuous YouTube stream. The online broadcast will begin at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT Thursday, at the tail end of their regular daily show, and run through 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Friday.

“We will be attempting to raise an additional $100,000 for a much demanded and much needed main show stage,” a TYT rep tells FishbowlNY. (At press time, the Indiegogo campaign is at $281,582.) “Ideally, the new facility will have two stages running simultaneously and allow other TYT Network programs to make use of the second stage.”

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St. Louis Critic Frames James Dean’s 80th Birthday

There is surprisingly little coverage today of James Dean on what would have been his 80th birthday. Some exceptions are Flavorwire.com’s crazily ambitious “80 Things You Didn’t Know About James Dean,” and our favorite item courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams.

In a nifty little piece entitled “When Ronnie Met Jimmy,” Williams reveals himself to be a hardcore Dean fan, having visited the actor’s Indiana grave site as well as the California crossroads where the star died. He shares the recently discovered video of The Dark, Dark Hours, a 1954 teleplay that paired Dean with Ronald Reagan (who coincidentally would have turned 100 on Sunday).

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‘Dandy Don’ Meredith Dies of Brain Hemorrhage

Former Dallas Cowboy quarterback and original “Monday Night Football” broadcaster Don Meredith died over the weekend after suffering a brain hemorrhage and slipping into a coma. He has 72 years old.

The best obit we’ve read on Meredith comes courtesy of Dave Goldberg of Fanhouse, who reminds us that aside from his sporting endeavors, Meredith helped coin the moniker “Tricky Dick” for Richard Nixon. Goldberg also remembers Meredith for his small role as an LA cop on the show “Police Story.” Meredith also played country music with Willie Nelson for a time.

An interesting guy to say the least. RIP.

Adding Historical Context to ‘National UnFriend Day’

We’re not sure if Jimmy Kimmel picked the calendar date of November 17th for a particular reason when he decided to launch his Facebook clean-up initiative “National UnFriend Day (NUD).” In case you haven’t heard (or been watching), the most genial of all nighttime TV talk show hosts wants social networkers to do a little house cleaning next Wednesday and unburden themselves of in-FB-name-only “friends.”

This got us thinking; if successful, how will Kimmel’s 11/17 initiative rank in terms of prior, same-date unfriendliness. Here are the quick answers we came up with:

- On this date in 1511, Spain and England allied against France. That’s pretty unfriendly.

- In 1863, Confederate forces began a siege of Knoxville, Tennessee. Anything but Southern style hospitality there.

- And in 1947, amazingly, the Screen Actors Guild implemented an anti-Communist oath.

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New York Times Television Critic O’Connor Dies at 76

o'connor.jpgTelevision critic John J. O’Connor worked for The New York Times for over 25 years.

To put it in perspective, he was around to call David Frost‘s interview with Richard Nixon a program that raised “serious questions about the contemporary crafts of marketing and communication.” He was around to say that the television mini-series “Roots” was a giant step forward for popular entertainment. He debated the merits between the Simpson and Cosby families, and one of his last pieces for The Times involved Ellen DeGenerescoming out on national television, which O’Connor had mixed feelings about, calling it “a promotional tool” for what was once a “a delicate, if not traumatic, rite of passage” for gay men and women.

He died last night in his home, at age 76 of lung cancer, survived by his partner Seymour Barofsky. O’Connor may have left The Times in 1997, but as we discovered while searching for examples of his work, many of his reviews can still be found on the paper’s Web site, so you can take a moment to read back through some of his best works.

John J. O’Connor, a Times TV Critic in Years of Industry Upheaval, Dies at 76New York Times

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These People Aren’t Whittier Than Anywhere Else…

Can the Octuplet’s Mom make Whittier look any worse?
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The unemployed, single, artificially plumped and inseminated mother of a baker’s dozen plus one of babies, Nadya Suleman is from the little Quaker town of Whittier. It’s the place so rancid and backwoods that it warped Richard Nixon‘s mind by making him feel inferior when comparing himself to the non-Whittierites with all their fancy book learning and teeth keepin’ in Washington.

Whittier was Nixon’s Wasilla.

Therefor Whittier is responsible for Watergate.

And we all know Watergate is responsible for every political scandal for the rest of time having a -gate suffix.

Just so we know whom to blame.

Go See ‘Papa Bear’ Speak at Tricky Dick’s Library

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What better place to hear, Bill O’Reilly, author of “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity” (a name he used because “A Steaming Pile of Me” was already taken), than conservative icon, Richard Nixon‘s boyhood home/burial site/library.

Because where better to sell your right-wing tome than at the library of a corrupt, bitter and disgraced president’s library.

All the info is here. We’ll stop and grab some falafel sandwiches on the way – make a day of it. It’ll be great.

The Nixon Library in Yorba Linda

Did you know that there are some Republicans right here in Southern California? Serious. They’re in a place they call ‘Orange County’ where the freeways are clean and clear as are the children.

One place where they all hang out is the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. President Richard Nixon was born there and now it’s also where he’s buried.

We took a tour of it this weekend. Very interesting. And we snapped the photo below:
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Oops. Maybe they should move that television so it isn’t reflected on the mass grave photos. We thank the curators anyway.

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