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Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amazon is now 20 years old!

In 1994, Jeff Bezos walked out of the Wall Street hedge fund where he worked after they declined to invest in his idea, and began to sell books out of his garage.

Today, Amazon is a retail and entertainment empire, selling books and shoes, ...


In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"I am not a political person by nature," Nadine Gordimer once said. "I don't suppose, if I had lived elsewhere, my writing would have reflected politics."

Gordimer was born in South Africa in the early 1920s, into a society divided and identified by the crime of apartheid. Official racial segregation ...


Lots Of Fish In The Sea, But One Great White In NYC

Saturday, June 28, 2014

City kids often feel like fish out of water when it comes to fishing. As a city kid myself, I understand that there are those who find it great fun to rise before the sun to bloody their fingers with sharp hooks and spiky lures, then spend long hours trying ...


Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What's behind the man who is below The Blue Room?

This week, conservators at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., revealed that underneath Pablo Picasso's noted 1901 painting The Blue Room is another painting of a mustachioed man in a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.



In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

Saturday, June 14, 2014

When fighters from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, captured Tikrit this week, I thought of the time producer Peter Breslow and I visited that city as the war began in 2003.

Tikrit was Saddam Hussein's hometown, about two hours from Baghdad, and the place had prospered under ...


On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The men and women who brought down Adolph Hitler's war machine cannot defeat mortality. As the dwindling number of veterans who served during D-Day are saluted on the 70th anniversary, we might consider how different our lives might have been if those soldiers and sailors had been turned back from ...


Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line

Saturday, May 31, 2014

George Orwell once referred to advertising as "the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."

But there was some swill for which David Abbott would not rattle a stick. The British adman died this month at the age of 75. He was one of the founders of the agency ...


He Gave His Life For The Nation And His Name To An Airport

Saturday, May 24, 2014

There's a man whose name is part of millions of lives, but many of us don't know his story. This Memorial Day weekend may be a good time to hear about him.

Butch was the son of a lawyer who worked for Al Capone. The father wound up testifying against ...


A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words

Saturday, May 17, 2014

If someone is outraged these days, they often blog about it, or post a tweet in righteous indignation. Parents urge children to use their words, and in the news business, we certainly believe in the power of words and information.

But you may wonder these days if some people confuse ...


Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board'

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Brown v. Board of Education became the law of the land when it struck down de jure segregation in Topeka, Kan., on May 17, 1954, saying, "We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate facilities are inherently unequal."

The ...


Love Your Profile, Take Me Out To The Ball Game?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Major League Baseball and are trying to hit a bunch of singles.

Organized baseball and the online dating service have formed a partnership that will allow fans to find one another. It's appropriately called SINGLES.

As says, "Connecting over a shared passion like America's favorite pastime is the ...


Want A Tour Of The American Psyche? Flip Through SkyMall

Saturday, May 03, 2014

In all the talk these days of new media, social media and reaching new audiences, it is sobering to note that one of the best-read publications in America is the catalog slipped into airlines' seat pockets, along with the airsickness bag.

SkyMall has a reported circulation of 19.5 million. That's ...


Home Of Second City Comedy Ranks First In Humor

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Need a good laugh? Try Chicago.

The Humor Research Lab at the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado Boulder (and doesn't that sound like it was created by The Onion?) concocted an algorithm to rate America's funniest cities.

Humor researchers calculated factors like the number of working ...


Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Some stories can only happen in New York.

At 10:39 Tuesday morning, a Metro-North Hudson Line train left the Bronx for Manhattan when Joseph Delia, the engineer, saw a dog running alongside the track.

A small, frisky, brown-and-black dog, "just running like she didn't have a care in the world," ...


Firefighters Face Danger Head On (Whomever They're Rescuing)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Many of us on a workday fret about when we can break for lunch or what the traffic will be. Men and women who are firefighters might be called upon to risk their lives.

A couple of stories this week remind us of their commitment and their bond.

Scott Hemmelsbach, ...


A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Would Tennessee whiskey by any other name taste as sweet?

A debate in Tennessee simmers over a legal definition of what makes Tennessee whiskey "Tennessee."

The state legislature passed a bill last year saying whiskey can be labeled "Tennessee" only if it's made in the state from a mash that's ...