He was the Post’s executive editor from 1968 until 1991, and under his tenure, the paper achieved national prominence and won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. Before working at the Post, Bradlee wrote for Newsweek and The Daily Quarterly.
He was portrayed by Jason Robards in the film version of “All the President’s Men,” alongside Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who portrayed buddy-reporters (think Fletch meets up with whatever Robert Wuhl’s character’s name was in “Batman”) Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsten.
Bradlee had been suffering from dementia in his later years. Reportedly, his final words were, “I owe it all to DiMaio.”
He is survived by his third wife, Sally Quinn, a son from his first marriage, Ben Bradlee, Jr., other sons Dominic, Quinn and a daughter, Marina.
(Please note that we totally left out the fabricated story scandal that embarrassed him and the Post in 1981, when reporter Janet Cooke totally made up a story about an 8 year-old heroin addict, winning a Pulitzer that Bradlee gave back once he found out he’d been fooled, a-la Stephen Glass. We didn’t think there was a place for that debacle in this obit.) Continue reading
According to numerous sources who are, sadly for them, close to McCarver, he has recently taken to “sitting in his recliner reading the sports pages and just being miserable reading names like (Kansas City Royal outfielder) Norichika Aoki, (Royals infielder) Alcides Escobar and (Royals pitcher) Yordano Ventura. It kills him seeing those names, just thinking of how he could mispronounce them differently each game despite being told by numerous people how to properly say them.”
Mercifully, McCarver retired after calling last year’s World Series for Fox, and the broadcast airwaves have been all the better for it. True, websites dedicated to how horribly McCarver polluted the air have and mangled the poor, defenseless English language had to look elsewhere for terrible commentary during natinally-broadcast sporting events, but his legacy of malapropisms and ridiculous tales does live on.
Said one poor bastard source, nearly in tears, “I mean, really, just take a second and think about the incredible things he could do with names like (San Francisco Giants pitcher) Yusmeiro Petit and (Giants first baseman) NLCS hero Travis Ishikawa. And his awful stories? You don’t think he’s come up with more horrible, in appropriate, nonsensical stories in the past year? The world is missing out. His friends are suffering tremendously, but the world is missing out.” Continue reading
The mascot is recently coming under fire for the sign he was seen holding against at recent game against the Pittsburgh Steelers of Pittsburgh. It seems the fans of the Steelers of Pittsburgh are known for frantically waving yellow towels at important intervals of the football game, and these towels are known as “Terrible Towels.”
During the game October 5th in Jacksonville, de Ville was caught holding a sign that read, “Towels Carry ebola,” referring to said Towels being waved about by the visiting team’s fans.
Silent until just yesterday, de Ville issued the following statement: “I had no idea that ebola was a terrible disease currently affecting thousands of people and can cause a horrible death. I was referring to an internet website page site where people all over the world bid on and buy and sell items over the net. My intent was not to offend anybody.”
While some detractors of the team, and of the NFL itself, whose image is nothing if not of a classy, stand-up, credible, law-abiding, straight and narrow organization, are calling for the mascot’s dismissal, his explanation seems credible. The same mascot came under fire in the past for previous signs he’d been seen holding at games.
During a 2009 home game against the Baltimore Ravens, de Ville carried a sign throughout the game saying he had a cure for the visiting team’s “Case of Bird Flu,” outraging people who thought he was minimizing the world outbreak of Avian influenza. He issued a similar apology at that time.
And in 2004, during a game against the visiting Indianapolis Colts, he held up a sign saying he hoped that “SARS gets those COLTS” ostensibly referring to the viral respiratory disease that had struck Asia. de Ville at that time insisted he was referring to “the government agency in charge of taxing people, I meant I hope the Colts players get audited. Simple mistake.”
Indeed, even nearly 15 years ago, de Ville was making similar blunders. During the last home game in December of that year, when the Jaguars were playing the Denver Broncos, he displayed a sign saying he wished “The Broncos Plane Goes Down In A Horrible Accident because of Y2K and Everyone DIES !!”
No explanation was given by de Ville for that particular gaffe. Continue reading
The cause of death hasn’t been released, though her representatives said she had been battling a serious illness for some time.
Besides her brilliant work on “Saturday Night Live” when the show was actually pretty damn good (she was brilliant as Sinead O’Connor taking on Phil Hartman’s amazing Frank Sinatra in one of the best skits ever), Brooks also appeared on “Designing Women,” “Third Rock From the Sun” and as Jenna Maroney’s mother on “30 Rock.”
On the big screen, Hooks appeared in films like “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Batman Returns,” “RECOiL” and “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.”
No further details about her death were released.
This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Sondra Currie. Sondra spoke to us about working on our favorite TV show of all time, “Magnum, PI,” as well as how the entertainment industry has changed over her career and her latest project, “Ganymede Pan.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actress Sondra Currie:
The Daily Quarterly: Who were your favorite actresses growing up?
Sondra Currie: Katharine Hepburn & Marilyn Monroe. Now, it’s Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett.
TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?
SC: It was in my DNA. My mom, Marie Harmon, was an actress. It was the only thing I knew.
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
SC: Study, study, study, and always look forward. There’s a pearl in everything and I never, ever waste my time.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
SC: Well, I think the worst was when an agent tried to convince me that I had to be “nice” to a producer to get a specific part. Terrible advice to give any young actress. And this agent also said, “I can’t handle you unless I really know you.” I think he was sued somewhere down the line. I do believe we have the power to just say “get your grubby paws off me.”
TDQ: Who are your influences?
SC: The Dahli Lama, Nelson Mandela, Marianne Williamson, Geraldine Page, Julie Harris and Angelina Jolie. Also, again Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Vanessa Redgrave. There are a lot of them. I like mentors who, when faced with an obstacle, go around it or over it and stand tall. My Dad used to say to me, “You stand up, Currie. Dust yourself off and let them watch your smoke!”
TDQ: You played Zach Galifinakis’ mom in “The Hangover” trilogy. How did your work on that series compare to other movies you’ve made?
SC: Well it was heaven, to be able to be with “a family” for that length of time. And then it was so successful. I’m bribing all the Goddesses that, eventually, we have a Hangover Part 4! I always have a great time when I’m working. That’s what I love to do. It can be on film or in a play or in class at The Actors Studio.
TDQ: You’ve also worked on such classic TV shows as “Magnum, PI,” “Airwolf” and “Tales of the Gold Monkey,” three of our all-time favorites. How has the industry evolved since you acted on those shows, and, more importantly, did you get to fly in any of the aircraft in those awesome shows?
SC: No, I never got to fly. I’m so happy I got to be around and experience the camaraderie of those days. It was so much more personal and people were always lending a hand.
TDQ: Tell us about your upcoming pilot, “Ganymede Pan.”
SC: The universe is in grave danger! There are only five habitable colonies left and there’s a psychotropic substance that can mutate into any thing the “Golden Children” want. So, it depends on who controls them, of course. I play General Tai and I can be very lethal. I’m 2nd in charge and so far, you’re really not sure if I’m good or bad. “Ganymede Pan” is a renegade special forces pilot who I kidnap and bring him back into my force. It’s possible they have had a relationship but I have the upper hand for now. We have some fun aliens and other great bad guys! Continue reading