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Perfect way to start 2012 … with a little clip from “The New Three Stooges.”

January 5th, 2012 · No Comments

This is sometimes what happens, folks, when successful, long-running shows sputter out. They regenerate like sunglass-wearing amoeba with a slightly altered title. Soon, they bring on fresh cast members, try out-there plots and if they’re not careful, they jump the shark of amusing believability for audiences with impatient TV clickers. In this case, a traditional, […]

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My two favorite reviews and more Kennedy photograph silliness

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

* For Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles,” the nod goes to L.A. Times reviewer Chris Daley. “… Smogtown” is a regional history for the layperson, focusing slightly more on civic drama and scandal than hard science and legislative details. The cover promises “A Cautionary Tale of Environmental Crisis,” and the archival […]

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Blast from the past: profile of my pursuit of my uncle’s ghost for Wheeling the Deal (and life beyond)

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Author Gets Happy Results From His Family Tragedies May 18, 2006 By Nikki Bazar Not long after graduating in journalism from USC, Chip Jacobs walked straight into the Los Angeles Times and asked then-editorial-page editor Anthony Day for a writing job. “Listen kid,” Day said to young Jacobs kindly, “see me in about five years. […]

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Not Muzak to Gordon’s ears. During his heyday, the elevator music king gave him plenty of shots to feed the competition, or start his own mini-background music empire

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

One sharp cookie, that Gordon, who incidentally, is the hero of my book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler. While Muzak was a formidable presence on the American music scene, today it’s an also-ran looking for relevance. In fact, it’s gone belly up, as this story reveals. Another bit of Americana falls […]

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