A few weeks before James Callahan passed away at a Pennsylvania hospice after a valiant battle with cancer, his favorite baseball team – the Boston Red Sox – posted a message in his honor on the Fenway Park right-field scoreboard, during an April 14 game against the Washington Nationals. Callahan, who worked over the years as an editor of Bridgeport, Connecticut weekly newspaper The Bridgeport Light, Pennsylvania’s West Chester Daily Local News and several other papers, died April 26 at age 62.
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is one of the greatest in all of sports, which Callahan faced additionally for decades in the form of his brother-in-law, Wayne, who cheers for the pinstripes.
Today, Upper Dublin Patch’s Justin Heinze has shared a wonderful piece about Callahan and this relationship. Right up to the end, the baseball lines were drawn. Here is what happened when at the hospice in April, Wayne made the mistake of mentioning Alex Rodriguez:
Suddenly, the man on the bed’s voice seemed stripped of some of its weight, however revelrous had been its reminiscences. Something almost childish, eager, hysterical with pure delight entered his coarse hush: “That idiot, that son of a… That New York filth… I swear right now on my own grave that nothing would better ease the passing of this fan from this world than if that incubus, that despicable, that devil incarnate A-Rod failed utterly this year and baseball was wiped clean of his stench.”tributes.com]
From the Post note:
“Rob was a passionate newspaperman,” said chief copy editor Barry Gross. \"He knew more about newspaper history — especially New York newspaper history — than anyone I’ve ever known.”
\"In fact, although he was raised in Massachusetts and California, he was better versed in the history and architecture of New York City than most New Yorkers, and he was very proud to become one of them. He loved this business and he loved this city.”
\"He was a throwback journalist — right down to his fedora — who amused readers with his clever headlines, just as he did his colleagues with his wonderful sense of humor. He shall be deeply missed.\"
Walsh had been with the Post since 2000. Arrangements are being made for memorials on both coasts. RIP.
The editor-in-chief of Vogue has been doing a fair amount of interviews lately. This weekend, a conversation with Wintour graces the pages of Stella magazine, the London’s Telegraph’s weekly Sunday insert.
Reporter Patrick Sawyer has shared a few snippets from the interview, and the one that caught our attention comes at the very end of his report:
London-born Ms. Wintour, who began work at the age of 15 at the Biba fashion boutique, in Kensington, before becoming an editorial assistant at Harper’s & Queen magazine and moving to New York in 1975, is dismissive of her less than flattering image as a ruthlessly controlling figure…
She says that her father Charles, former editor of the London Evening Standard, had a similarly frosty reputation.
\"He was a brilliant editor, he cared passionately about his work. I think, because he worked quickly and was decisive and he was sure about what he wanted, he got a nickname. Chilly Charlie,\" said Ms Wintour. \"He was the least chilly person that I or that anyone at home knew, but it stuck.”
The Telegraph has also shared, in support of the Stella feature, “Ten Quotes That Prove Anna Wintour is a Born Boss.” Below, some recent Seth Meyers funny business, in case you missed.[Screen grab via: telegraph.co.uk]
If nothing else, the exit of Nikki Finke from the Hollywood trade trenches and her decision to try and curate meaningful, lasting fiction centered around The Town Where Assistants Never Sleep has mercifully tamped down the endless speculation about Finke’s personal countenance. The new photo is out there, the over/under on cats is no longer an active betting line and an in-person visit from a New York Times reporter is possible.
From the top of Ravi Somaiya’s West Hollywood house call:
If Nikki Finke had not been a journalist, she says she could have been a detective. The police in New York, where she reported decades ago, used to show her \"these gruesome homicide photos,\" she said, to try to freak her out. Instead she found them fascinating.
The memory came up on a recent day in Ms. Finke’s obsessively tidy apartment, overlooking a swath of the city from West Hollywood toward the airport. Her stomach for the unsavory side of the business was never in question as she built her reputation as perhaps the most feared reporter in Hollywood.
Finke wouldn’t talk about her settlement agreement with Jay Penske, but Somaiya suggests it bars the 61-year-old journalist from any online coverage of The Industry until she is around 71. That should leave more than enough time to mount a worthy, west coast downloadable version of what Dorothy Parker once used to survey at the Algonquin. Per some other candid personal details provided to Somaiya, Finke is also well rested.
When the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in 2005 ranked “The Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Past 40 Years,” Vanity Fair’s famous shot of a pregnant, naked Demi Moore placed second, behind that of a naked John Lennon spooning with a clothed Yoko Ono for Rolling Stone. Both covers were shot by Annie Leibovitz.
This summer, Vanity Fair may well lay claim to another magazine cover for the ages. According to a brief report tonight by People magazine, the famed photographer has been paired with Bruce Jenner for a cover story:
Jenner, 65, who calls his female identity “Her,” will appear as a woman in the Vanity Fair pictorial, to hit stands this summer, the source tells People.
Although there is no clear confirmation that Jenner will opt for a “Her” shot for the reported cover, it’s hard to imagine that not being the overall end result. Stay tuned.
[H/T: @AmyKinLA; photo of Jenner at 2012 George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in Toluca Lake: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]
In a land (Los Angeles) where the utterance of this particular word recently and forever tarnished our memory of the actor who played Kramer, local auction house Nate D. Sanders has closed out Lot 272. From a report by CNN:
There were no bids as of 8 p.m. ET Thursday and the lot was closed for bidding. The drawing will be kept for a while, in case of a post-auction bid, according to auction manager Laura Yntema.
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was 25 when the illustration was created. He would begin publishing his popular children’s books eight years later.
In the fourth and final panel of a riff on The World’s Most Prosperous Department Store, a group of grossly caricatured black men are shown next to a sign reading: ‘Take Home a High-Grade N***** For Your Woodpile.’ The item’s anonymous seller was seeking a minimum bid of $20.000.
[Image via: natedsanders.com]
LostRemote: In honor of YouTube’s 10th anniversary, a mashup of YouTube videos.
GalleyCat: James Patterson is launching a children’s book imprint called Jimmy Patters. In its first month, the imprint is expected to release 1,738 just-good-enough books.
TVSpy: When daughters attack.
Grantland has a new editor in chief, as Chris Connelly steps into the role vacated by Bill Simmons. He’s only there in an interim capacity, but the move does show that the “worldwide leader” is committed to continuing to invest in what many saw as a vanity project for the ousted and outspoken columnist. “We are thrilled to have a journalist of Chris’ caliber join us on an interim basis as we go forward and build on the smart, fun, adventurous, creative, unexpected and vital spirit of Grantland,” ESPN’s evp of global strategy and original content, Marie Donoghue, said in a statement. “Chris has been an award-winning journalist and storyteller in sports, music and pop culture for over three decades, and as a longtime contributor at Grantland, he appreciates the incredible team we have assembled.\" Connelly, a longtime former MTV staffer, will continue to make pop culture references…
The Intercept installs The Oxford American’s Roger Hodge as national editor, while Farai Chideya joins as tech columnist and consulting editor. Dan Froomkin jumps from senior writer to Washington bureau editor. It’s been a busy round of hires for the publication, which in April recruited Charlotte Greensit from Time Inc. to be managing editor… BuzzFeed launches an opposition research team, with Andrew Kaczynski at the head… Meanwhile, Emma Loop signs on as politics reporter at the growing BuzzFeed Canada, leaving the Ottawa Citizen, where she had been a digital journalist… New York hires EW.com assistant managing editor Neil Janowitz as editorial director of Vulture. He previously worked at SI.com, Fast Company and ESPN the Magazine, and takes over for Gilbert Cruz, who went to The New York Times a few months prior… Mic grabs Kengo Tsutsumi as a deputy on the programming team. He had been deputy social editor at the International Business Times… Read More
Memorial services will be held Monday in White Plains, New York for Stephen A. Booth. The veteran tech journalist and editor passed away Wednesday at age 62 after a long battle with illness.
Per an obituary in TWICE magazine, Booth earned the respect of his peers wherever he worked, be it Consumer Electronics Daily, Video Review magazine, Popular Mechanics or CES Publishing. Via the memorial website, one of those peers, Nancy Klosek, sums it up beautifully:
A poster with a reporter wearing a fedora, holding one of those old-fashioned two-piece phones, barking, \"Hello, sweetheart. Get me rewrite.\" That decoration on Steve’s cubicle wall at Boating Industry, the first trade magazine where he and a few others of us first got into publishing in the ’70s, is one of the many things that came rushing to mind on Wednesday, May 27th, after I heard the news.
Steve was the ultimate reporter. He had all the elements – natural curiosity about people and situations, an ironic sense of humor, a desire to get the story right and the flair needed to put it down on paper so it both made sense and was a good read. These last few months, his story sure could have used that rewrite. To all those whom he amused, interested and loved, and to all those who, likewise, amused, interested and loved him, my deepest condolences. Till later, friend, and godspeed…
RIP.[Image via: mcmahonfuneralhome.com]
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For those of unfamiliar with Thor Garcia, there are really just two things you need to know: he’s an acclaimed, published novelist and a rock’n roll band lead singer.
A native of Long Beach, he got the journalism bug at UC Santa Barbara, editing the school newspaper there, and went on to work as a journalist in LA, Sacramento, San Francisco and New York City, specializing in crime, politics and education. These days, he lives in Prague, and per a recent interview with the Prague Post, couldn’t be happier:
Garcia moved to Prague after some friends from UCSB established an English-language newspaper in Prague called Prognosis.
“I loved Prague. It was everything I could dream about,\" he said, adding that it was a totally different taste of life and gave him a whole new perspective. “Prague gave me mental space as a writer. In America the system is more closed; there are billboards and advertisement everywhere. Prague offers more freedom to think, read and explore,” he said. Garcia found himself caught between two cultures.
“By living in Prague I feel I’m just on my life longest vacation. I never had a day I was not fascinated about the city and not felt inspired as a writer,” he said.
Garcia said he had a difficult, tortured childhood, and he was raised in the rougher parts of town. His typical lower middle-class family in southern California did not have much. Based on what he experienced, he should have sought a psychologist.
Garcia’s next novel, Pussyland, comes out in October. His previous books include the The News Clown: A Novel:
The book tells the story of Thor, a young man whose dreams of a literary career have been sidetracked into an undemanding job as a \"news clown\" for a small wire service in the crime-infested back alleys of Bay City.
As Thor struggles with his inner demons, the national news clowns are cheering on President Wolfgang G. Mnung as he threatens a Middle Eastern dictator who may have stockpiled as many as 4,000 PlayStation video game units from which, according to sources, he might fashion a crude supercomputer to control weapons of untold devastation.
GQ has named Lucy Armstrong fashion editor. Armstrong most recently worked as a freelance men’s stylist.
Prior to going freelance, Armstrong worked as a senior stylist for Mr. Porter. She previously worked for Gilt.
At GQ, Armstrong “will be responsible for covering the American designer collections, active sportswear, and sneakers markets, as well as styling photo shoots for the magazine,” according to an announcement.
At the beginning of this month, Mort Sahl turned 88. And at the end of this month (last night, to be exact), the famed stand-up gave another intimate weekly Thursday night performance at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California, where he lives.
These occasions were marked in the media, respectively, by Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan and National Post reporter Tristan Hopper, who traveled from Toronto to northern California to check out a fellow Canadian. Let’s start with Kogan’s rat-a-tat lede:
The greatest living comic in the world is Mort Sahl.
O.K., argue if you like.
Don Rickles is 88 and still doing his distinctive thing.
Bob Newhart is 85 and occasionally performs.
Bill Cosby is 77… Bill Cosby… Anybody?
Hopper, for his part, checked out Sahl at the Throckmorton prior to the comedian’s aforementioned 88th:
A mild stroke has slowed the comedian down and left him with a right eye that occasionally closes on its own. Yet, for the first few minutes, the veteran political humorist insists on standing.
His body may be weakened, but as the audience soon learns, Sahl’s mind remains as sharp as it was in the 1950s.
\"Netanyahu was here, and he spoke to the Congress, and at the end of it he said ‘I’d like to thank Sheldon Adelson for the use of the hall,’\" he said.
The quip about the Israeli prime minister and one of the Republicans’ most prolific donors is the first big laugh of the night.
Bravo Mr. Sahl! Maybe Jerry should jump in one of those fancy cars and head up the California coast for a Mill Valley coffee shop rendezvous with you-know-who.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Mort Sahl on Possibly Leading Woody Allen Back to Stand-Up
[Pictured: The celebrated August 15, 1960 Time magazine cover by Robert Vickrey.]
Vanity Fair is more than 100 years old, but editor Graydon Carter doesn’t want any staffers acting that age. The New York Post reports that Carter recently added a giant mission statement to VF’s office wall: “Think Like a Startup.”
A source told the Post that the sign is meant to motivate staffers and to “get them to think nimbly and aggressively.”
When asked about the mantra, Carter explained “I think you should always think like a startup. Minus the hoodies and flip-flops. This is, after all, Condé Nast.”
Apologies to VF staffers who were hoping for a wardrobe change.
For Andrew Morgan, it started with this photo. When the LA-based filmmaker saw the shot and read the accompanying article in the April 24, 2013 print edition of The New York Times, about the collapse of the Rana clothing factory in Bangladesh, he was set on a path towards feature documentary The True Cost.
The movie, buoyed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, premiered last night at Lincoln Center. Morgan will be in Beverly Hills tonight for west coast screenings at the Laemmle theater.
Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman suggests that Morgan would have been better served if he had used a more granular and focused approach to the subject of overseas fashion manufacturing abuses:
Though lots of eye-popping statements are used, including that fashion is the second-most-polluting industry on the planet, after oil, they are unattributed. Because they are so powerful, this seems a surprising omission.
I emailed Mr. Morgan to ask about the pollution comment, and he wrote back that it came from both the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Danish Fashion Institute, and that the statement referred to the whole process used by the fashion industry. \"The chemical industry\" – which I mentioned in my query – \"is now most often seen as being a part of other key industries, fashion being key among them,\" Mr. Morgan wrote.
The film was also shown this month and Cannes, and counts Green Carpet Challenge founder Liva Firth as one of its executive producers.
Wyatt Mitchell, The New Yorker’s creative director, is leaving to join Apple. Mitchell had been with the magazine since 2011.
Prior to joining The New Yorker, Mitchell served as Wired’s design director for three years. Prior to that he held creative roles at O, The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Esquire and Details.
According to Capital New York, there is no word yet on who will succeed Mitchell at The New Yorker.
The days of reading Time Inc. online content for free are coming to an end. One week after we learned Entertainment Weekly had launched a paywall, the publisher officially announced its paid content strategy.
In essence, eventually you’ll have to pay if you want unlimited online access to a Time Inc. brand. What you pay for, well, that’s up to you. Readers can purchase a monthly unlimited web access pass, an “all-acess” pass that includes a print subscription, or a fee-based app.
The changes will go into effect by the end of this summer, so be prepared to make a decision sooner, not later.
(Image: Time Inc)
Sasha Frere-Jones and Genius.com—the lyrics annotation site—never seemed like a good fit, and so it’s little surprise that the music critic has reduced his role from full-time staffer to contractual worker.
According to Gawker, Frere-Jones decided to make the move because he wanted more time to work on other projects. You know, like actual writing; not simply adding notes to song lyrics.
Freer-Jones left The New Yorker for Genius in January. His next stop—weirdly enough—could be Gawker. In the same report about his status at Genius, Gawker noted that Frere-Jones had interviewed for a spot there.