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a really big shew

I’ve been reading “Always on Sunday” by Michael Harris, about tv host Ed Sullivan. Sullivan broadcast from 1948 to 1971, making his “shew” the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. Unlike the smooth television personalities of today, part of

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happy birthday, jackie!

August 1 is the birthday of Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman syndicated cartoonist. She created the comic strip Torchy Brown and the panel comic Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. In 1947, the Terri Lee doll company produced a doll based on

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happy birthday, cipe!

June 23, 1908 is the birthday of art director Cipe Pineles, who broke gender barriers in the publication world, while working to produce a smarter magazine for the young American woman.

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the man who seduced hollywood

Finished the book, “The Man Who Seduced Hollywood” by B. James Gladstone, and really enjoyed it. It’s a biography of Greg Bautzner, a high-powered show-biz attorney during Hollywood’s glamorous era. In 1936, just a year out of USC law school,

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april showers

it’s pouring in nyc. No one drew heavy, city, rain like cartoonist Will Eisner. Recognized as a genius in the 40’s, and again in the 80’s, he was one of my instructors at SVA. He inspired us to carry ourselves like professionals from

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