Category Archives: biography

Book review: Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, by Box Brown

Andre the Giant was a larger-than-life character, both figuratively and literally, who dominated professional wrestling during the 1970’s and 1980’s.  This graphic novel tells Andre’s story from his humble beginnings in France to his record-breaking match during Wrestlemania III at the Pontiac … Continue reading

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Roger Ebert: A “Life Itself” Well Lived

This is a challenging piece for me to write: how does one do justice to an amazing book AND a tremendous documentary, which individually and collectively convey the life of a remarkable man? All I can do is try, including … Continue reading

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Love, Look at the Two of Us, Hidden in Every Way…

Before moving to Dallas, I lived and worked in Decatur, Illinois for 12 years. During my time there, one of our best-liked politicians was Democratic State Senator Penny Severns. She was indispensable to her home community, and I would often … Continue reading

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So Here Are MY Best of 2014….

End of another year: hence the parade of “Best” lists in every category. Well, I hereby join that parade with a very selective recounting—-in no particular order, except for my “grand prize winner”—of some of the finest books I was … Continue reading

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How Do You Spell “Great Lady”? Start With “ER”

Ken Burns’ new documentary series The Roosevelts reintroduces us to three members of a remarkable political family: Theodore, Franklin – and Eleanor, who arguably reshaped the role of First Lady to one of personal activism and keen involvement in the world … Continue reading

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