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From an obituary written by Orlando Sentinel breaking-news reporter Christal Hayes:
Ridgway was behind the iconic Life magazine cover showing cast members in front of Cinderella Castle during the opening of Magic Kingdom.
He also was behind some of the more quirky and creative ideas to promote the park over the years. Ahead of Donald Duck’s 50th birthday, Ridgway arranged for the character to introduce himself to baby ducklings at birth. The ducklings formed an attachment so they would follow Donald around the park. They also appeared on a float for the birthday celebration, wearing birthday hats.
Ridgway moved from the realm of Los Angeles daily newspapers to Disney in 1963. Very soon after he joined the publicity ranks, he helped coordinate a dinner in 1964 at Disneyland for the U.S. Olympic team. From a write-up at the time of Ridgway’s aforementioned “Disney Legends” induction, by fan club D23:
According to Charlie, “We had a stage set up and Walt made a short speech and got a lot of good laughs. Then he sat down, and Bob Hope walked up to the microphone, when one of the whistles on the nearby train went ‘toot, toot.’ Hope didn’t miss a beat and said, ‘Walt, your waffles are ready.’ He brought the whole house down.”
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In a year that saw the passing of so many titanic celebrities, perhaps the biggest surprise is that the most memorable obituary of 2016 belonged to none of them. Rather, it was written for Chris Connors, a Quincy, Mass. native who died in Maine Dec. 9 at age 67 due to complications from ALS and pancreatic cancer.
— Larry Carroll (@LarryCarroll) December 15, 2016
A typical obituary would have made prominent mention of Connors losing his brother in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and following 10 years later with a related charitable effort. But this was no ordinary obituary.
The posthumous tribute, published Dec. 13 on website seacoastonline.com, was written by Connors’ daughter Caitlin together with her cousin Liz Connors. After a few drinks. With humor and cheek, front and center. From a piece about the obituary in the Boston Globe:
When Connors’ daughter arrived at his home in York, Maine, in September to help take care of him and his family, she said, she found her father standing with his arm around a bikini-clad friend who had a shotgun.
“This is the first night of hospice and I’m having a great time!” he told Caitlin.
At a celebration of Connors’ life held Monday Dec. 19, the following songs were played, in this order, as per dad’s instructions: “And When I Die” by Laura Nyro, “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison and “Roll Me Away” by Bob Seger. RIP.
We recently landed on a New York Post item about one of the survivors of that horrible November plane crash in Colombia, taking to the soccer field anew. The piece was written by Yaron Steinbuch (pictured), a reporter whose name we remembered seeing on another recent Post dispatch. And so, we wound our way this time over to his bio:
A native of Israel, Yaron served as a gunner and, later, combat medic in the Artillery Corps of the Israel Defense Forces. He also lived for a combined 12 years in Genoa, Italy, and Accra, Ghana. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew and Italian. Yaron holds a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from New York University and a master’s degree (with honors) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also is an FAA-licensed pilot, a black belt in taekwondo and a PADI-certified advanced scuba rescue diver.
That’s a far cry from many of the millennials doing rewrite duty these days. Before coming to the Post in the fall of 2014, Steinbuch spent a combined 27 years at Westchester County’s Journal News and its precursor, Gannett Suburban Newspapers. Check out some of his other stories here.
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US Weekly, just one year short of its 40th birthday, is on the block.
According to The New York Post, Wenner Media is looking to sell the celebrity mag—founded in 1977—and has hired the investment firm Methuselah Advisors to gauge interest.
Wenner Media is looking to fetch about $100 million for US Weekly, which is basically insane. But hell, might as well dream big.
It’s been a rough year for the New York Daily News. The man the paper mercilessly mocked on its front page is now officially President-elect; many of the staffers who helped with the mocking are gone via layoff or buyout; and a Pravda columnist is today wondering if one of the paper’s columnists ‘really thinks his readers are that stupid [that] they believe the crap he writes?’
The Pravda takedown, written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, is long and scathing. The journalist, who oversees the Portuguese version of Pravda, takes great issue with this week’s Daily News opinion piece by Gersh Kuntzman suggesting that the Russian ambassador assassinated Dec. 19 in Ankara,Turkey had it coming:
For a start, how dare Kuntzman insinuate that a murder is deserved, then how dare he compare Russia to Nazi Germany. I suppose for Kuntzman and the rag he writes for, the twenty-six million souls that the USSR lost fighting against Nazi Germany freeing the world of and protecting the world from fascism does not count. By his own token, if Kuntzman was gunned down tomorrow by someone who had lost a relative in an attack by a U.S. war plane, his own newspaper could write a piece saying the killing was justified because the USA has perpetrated war crimes across the globe. That wiped the smile off his snout, did it not?
Bancroft-Hinchey goes on to challenge Kuntzman to prove Putin’s war crimes in Syria and suggests his fellow columnist needs to apologize to the Russian leader. At one point, Bancroft-Hinchey reels off three extended paragraphs of questions for Kuntzman, the Daily News and the paper’s readers. Here’s just part of one of the paragraphs:
Did Vladimir Putin or Russia carry out a twin atomic terrorist attack against Japan? After the Japanese had offered the same terms of surrender which were then approved days after Nagasaki? Did Vladimir Putin or Russia carry out massacres in Vietnam? Did Vladimir Putin or Russia strafe kids with napalm? Did Vladimir Putin or Russia invade dozens of states and drop hundreds of thousands of bombs on people? Did Vladimir Putin cavort with Albanian terrorists perpetrating massacres against Serbian civilians and security forces in Kosovo? Did Vladimir Putin invade Iraq illegally, committing breaches of the Geneva Conventions?
Also taking issue with Kuntzman’s reporting: Bryan MacDonald, an Irish journalist based in Russia. His take in Zimbabwe’s The Herald is a bit more measured:
While Kuntzman might be entitled to a small dose of forgiveness because Russia is not his regular beat, and he’s probably swallowed an immense amount of “fake news” and propaganda about the country, [Brian] Whitmore has no such leeway. A guy who worked in Moscow ought to know better. And Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which employs him, needs to take a long hard look at his status.
People magazine associate food editor Ana Calderone has crowned this her holiday week with tasty embargoed exclusive.
Starting Jan. 1, via surlatable.com, Katie Couric will be appear in a limited-run weekly online cooking show titled Full Plate With Katie & John. Her husband John Molner accounts for the other half of the title:
“John and I love cooking at home but can rarely find the time, so we are thrilled to partner with Sur La Table and chef Joel Gamoran in creating these fast gourmet recipes,” Couric says in a press release of the show co-produced by Katie Couric Media and sponsored by GreenPan and Hansgrohe. “We look forward to sharing them with our busy viewers and showing them that they can do the same.”
Filmed at the couple’s New York apartment, the series will run for five consecutive weeks, premiering Sundays at 7 p.m. ET. Couric will also return to the Today show the week of Jan. 2 to fill in for Savannah Guthrie. All in all, a hell of a first 2017 week.
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We all know how largely the smartphone looms when it comes to online content consumption. Nevertheless, the numbers remain staggering.
Pictured above is a comScore tabulation of mobile U.S. traffic for the month of November. In the case of Forbes.com, the figure of 44.4 million unique visitors is a big reason the month as a whole represents a new U.S. traffic record. Once desktop and tablet traffic is added, the Forbes comScore total in the U.S. last month is 56.5 million unique visitors.
That’s a 30% increase compared to the same period in 2015. Meanwhile, the November mobile traffic is up 17.5% for Forbes from a month earlier.
“Next year’s focus is about taking Forbes off domain and monetizing those experiences,” chief product officer Lewis D’Vorkin tells FishbowlNY. “There’s life beyond forbes.com and life beyond Forbes magazine. And that life extends to everything people are doing with their mobile phones to access information, like new kinds of mobile experiences, podcasting, virtual reality, messenger services, Snapchat and many others. That’s the path we’re pursuing as we march forward.”
One of the most-read Forbes November pieces was Steven Bertoni’s exclusive interview with Jared Kushner. The site’s coverage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday generated a total of 6.6 million page views, while various lists accounted for another 2.3 million page views.
D’Vorkin remains one of the most astute readers of digital-content tea leaves. Or, if you want to put it another 2016 way, one of the few people apparently not calling up Shane Smith and begging the Vice co-founder to buy his company.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Hearst Magazines Notch Record November Traffic
Bloomberg Businessweek’s July 11-17 issue, featuring a tiny Anna Wintour, is FishbowlNY’s Cover of The Year.
Businessweek received 27 percent of the votes in our Cover of The Year poll. The runner-up was Time with 20 percent, followed by Vanity Fair (17 percent) and Sports Illustrated (nine percent).
This is Businessweek’s second win in our Cover of The Year contest. The magazine previously won the top spot in 2013. Congrats to the magazine and its creative team, which we’ve listed below. Hopefully that mini Wintour didn’t boss you around too much.
Robert Vargas, creative director
Clinton Cargill, director of photography
Aeriel Brown, deputy photo editor
Steven Brahms, photographer
On the one hand, this is a pretty low-level situation for which to seek assistance from a local TV consumer-watchdog reporter. On the other hand, it’s one of the most hilarious things we can pass on as the year winds down.
A male shopper at a Publix supermarket in Cape Coral, Fl. turned to his local FOX-TV affiliate’s “Four in Your Corner” after glimpsing a recent National Enquirer issue with President-elect Donald Trump on the cover. And… in front of the shelf-stack of Enquirer issues, near the supermarket checkout area, a solid white plastic shield similar to ones used to block out Cosmopolitan and men’s magazines.
Here’s the statement WFTX-TV reporter Lisa Greenberg got from Publix HQ:
“The National Enquirer receives the most customer complaints about front page content, so they were added to the list of magazines required to be covered, just last week.”
The shopper who started all this, Walter Indyk, is convinced the complaints are due to Trump. The Enquirer consistently features The Donald on its front.
The plastic shield was removed as a result of Greenberg’s inquiry and report from the Cape Coral Publix location. But those remain according to reporter at several of the chain’s other area grocer stores.
Cape Coral is part of Lee County, which voted 58.1% in favor of Trump. However, some of the 37.8% that preferred Hillary evidently also shop at this Publix.
The Fader has made some changes to its social media team. Details are below.Juliana Pache, most recently with Okayplayer, joins as a social media editor. Ali Suliman also joins as a social media editor. She previously interned at The Fader. Nazuk Kochar has been promoted from social media editor to associate editor.
The Associated Press has named our presidential election shitshow as the top news story of 2016.
The election beat out other notable stories like Brexit and Syria to take home the top spot in the AP’s Top News poll. The poll—which debuted in 1936—asks AP editors and news directors to vote on the 10 biggest stories of the year.
“This year’s top story traces back to June 2015, when Donald Trump descended an escalator in Trump Tower, his bastion in New York City, to announce he would run for president,” read the AP’s announcement. “Widely viewed as a long shot, with an unconventional campaign featuring raucous rallies and pugnacious tweets, he outlasted 16 Republican rivals. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton beat back an unexpectedly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders, and won the popular vote over Trump. But he won key Rust Belt states to get the most electoral votes, and will enter the White House with Republicans maintaining control of both houses of Congress.”
Alyssa Mastromanco has been named A+E Networks’ president of global communications strategy and talent, a new role at the company.
Deadline reports that Mastromanco will remain involved with Vice, acting as a liaison with Viceland, the cable network shared by A+E and Vice Media.
Mastromanco will now report to Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks.
“In this rapidly changing media environment, business transformations need to be closely linked to communications strategies,” Dubuc said. “With an emphasis on building brands in this evolved media landscape and transforming corporate culture, Alyssa’s experience in coalition building at the highest level in both the public and Private sectors will be invaluable.”
CNBC has named Matt Rosoff editorial director of CNBC Digital, a new role at the company.
Rosoff most recently served as Business Insider’s executive editor. He had been with BI since 2010.
Prior to BI, Rosoff worked for IDG Enterprise, and from 1995 to 2000, Rosoff was a founding editor at CNET.com.
Anyone looking to buy a newspaper (well, now it’s just a website) should probably get in touch with Jared Kushner, who is rumored to be looking to ditch The Observer.
According to WWD, Kushner—who bought The Observer in 2006 for $10 million—has been “quietly shopping” the paper to potential buyers, including American Media Inc (AMI). That, however, appears to news to AMI.
“There are absolutely no discussions regarding an acquisition of the Observer,” an AMI spokesperson told Politico.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Kushner is trying to sell the paper. After all, papers are expensive to own and—more importantly—his moronic dad-in-law is our president-elect. Kushner likely wants a role at the White House, and you better believer Donald Trump will give him one.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Recode and Vox. Details are below.Tess Townsend is joining Recode as a reporter covering Google, Alphabet and artificial intelligence. She previously worked for Inc. Talking Biz News reports that Jim Tankersley, who previously served as an economic policy correspondent for WaPo, has been hired by Vox.
Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a Trump-y ride.
Katherine Rosman’s profile of tireless New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams (pictured), which appears on page D1 of today’s New York Times print editions, is centered on the 86-year-old journalist’s longstanding professional relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. It’s well worth reading for those details.
Along the way, Rosman also sprinkles in zippy remarks from Adams about other topics. For example, to a couple of La La Land contributors, with Rosman listening in, Adams exclaims, “For Chrissakes, I hope you write better than you talk!” And when framing the variety of circumstances from which she has filed, the older reporter notes, “I’ve done it on the back of a donkey in Borneo.” Rosman also includes some nice quotes from recently retired Post editor Col Allan, New York Yankees president Randy Levine and Judith Sheindlin (a.k.a. Judge Judy), a personal friend of Adams.
Another intriguing article wrinkle is the difference in print and online headlines. In the paper, the Times cleverly riffs on Adams’ famous tagline with “Only in New York, Kids. And Washington.” Online, where nearly everything associated with the keyword Trump is traffic gold, the headline reads “Want the Scoop on Team Trump? Pay Attention to Cindy Adams.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Florida Columnist Fact-Checks Cindy Adams