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“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of American had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game and do it by watching first some high-school or small town teams.” French-born American historian Jacques Barzun It was a Muncy mash that ended the longest game in World Series history early this morning.  The […]

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A production friend sent me this video this week and how could I not share in on this blog? BTW—My favorite University of Iowa story related to the dramatic arts is UI is where a guy named Tom Williams got his nickname. The story goes that when Tom was a student in Iowa City a […]

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The movies First Man and Free Solo really aren’t competing against each other, but there are similarities between the two. They are stories about accomplishing things that had never been done before. First Man is about Neil Armstrong becoming the first person to ever walk on the moon, and Free Solo is about Alex Honnold becoming […]

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Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light… Casey at the Bat poem by Ernest Thayer A little glimpse into the drama of college football, and the humbling power of sports. A year ago at this time, UCF head coach Scott Frost […]

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SEARS Last week I went to a mall that I’ve been going to since I was a teenager and I noticed there was a major change. One of the anchor stores that had been there from the start was blocked off from the interior mall entrance. There was no familiar Sears sign. On Monday, I heard […]

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“I will never forget one day [Lucille Ball] sort of walked out of the studio and then came back, and came up to me and said, ‘you’re very good,’ and then walked on. That was the greatest gift I ever received in this business. I don’t think I have another moment that compares with the […]

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As I type this, Hurricane Michael is hours from landfall in the Florida Panhandle. Early this morning it became a category 4, and the National Hurricane Center said a category 4 hurricane has never hit the panhandle (at least since they’ve been keeping records since 1851). Living in Orlando, Florida (and actually far from the […]

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“On the wall behind [Vince] Gilligan was a large corkboard. Across the top were pinned 13 index cards representing the 13 episodes of the season. . . . Under 413, the final episode of the season, there was only one single, fluttering card. It read in bold, matter-of-fact Magic Marker ink, “BOOM.” Inside the Breaking […]

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Allow me a slight detour today on my screenwriting blog to say the Miami vs. Florida State football rivalry is alive and well in 2018. Once upon a time that game decided to who would be playing for a national championship. (Miami has won five championships and Florida State three.) A shot at the national […]

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“Miami’s turnover chain for 2018 is somehow even gaudier than last year’s” USA Today headline The Miami Hurricanes football team plays the Florida State University today. While the game may not be as big as it was back in the day, it’s still a strong rivalry. And while Miami is still a top 20 team, […]

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