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- April 19
- Jerry Kavanagh is a former Assistant Arts Editor at New York Magazine, Editor in Chief at Conde Nast's Street & Smith's Sports Group, and New York Bureau Chief at SportsBusiness Journal.
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This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy. The 35th President of the United States was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas. People around the world remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news that day. One/… Read full post »
Born 100 years ago today in French Algeria, the brilliant and eloquent humanist (he refuted the label of existen… Read full post »
• He never shot an imaginary arrow into the air after the final out.
• Cameron Diaz didn’t feed him popcorn at the Super Bowl.
• He never threw a jagged bat barrel at Mike Piazza.
• He didn’t drink beer and eat wings in the dugout when he wasn’t… Read full post »
“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in the late nineteenth century.
Apparently, Stevenson, the author of such thrilling adventure novels for all ages as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, was not a jogger.… Read full post »
One thing I learned as a substitute teacher for elementary school children is to be prepared for interruptions—interruptions that start while I’m trying to take attendance before the morning announcements and flag salute and interruptions that continue during lessons, collaborative w… Read full post »
The essay “Politics and the English Language” (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm) is as relevant today as it was when George Orwell wrote it in 1946. Within the theme of the essay about the deleterious effects of ugly and slovenly language and thoughts, Orwell offe… Read full post »
Given the choice during this past school year between teaching (as a substitute) kindergarten or high school, I opted for kindergarten every time. I’ll take the youthful enthusiasm and innate curiosity of five year olds over the grim indifference and monosyllabic inarticulateness of so many tee… Read full post »
The recent release of this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival schedule reminded me of my late friend and former boss at New York magazine, Alan Rich. Mozart, you see, was Alan’s favorite composer. Every January, for many years, Alan would write his annual Mozart birthday article in New York.… Read full post »
While watching the NCAA basketball tournament last night I learned from the game’s announcers that Marquette has a play called “fuchsia.” This delighted me because only one other team that I know of ever had such a colorful name for a play: my team.
It was about 18… Read full post »
With the NCAA basketball tournament ready to recommence tomorrow night with 16 remaining teams, including upstart La Salle University, which first had to survive a play-in game prior to the main event, the Wall Street Journal on Monday (3-25-13) ran a story, “Why La Salle Basketball Matters,&rd… Read full post »
With the Academy Awards being presented tonight we dug into our interview files to recall the favorite films of these sports and media personalities:
Marv Albert: The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby
Sandy Alderson: Risky Business
Ronde Barber: The Fifth Element
Billy Beane: It’s a… Read full post »
My eyeglasses have been a topic of conversation more than once among the elementary school children I teach, whether it is the dark shades (which the younger children deem “cool”) or the bifocals with the defined lower lines (which they sympathetically think are cracked lenses). Yesterday… Read full post »
Did I just dream that prior to the game Roger Goodell and Odin held a joint press conference to announce that the waiting period for admittance to the Hall of Fame and Valhalla has been waived for Ray Lewis.
Is the pre-game show over yet?
The… Read full post »
God told St. Peter to clear his calendar of appointments for this Sunday, his traditional day of rest, so that he can kick back in his private skybox and root for the team that outprays the other. It remains to be seen how the hagiography of Ray Lewis plays out in… Read full post »
I was reunited with the first-grade class yesterday for an abbreviated schedule, which included a read-aloud illustrated biography chosen specifically for the day. I began: “Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Montgomery, Alabama...”
Amanda raised her hand before I coul… Read full post »
“Mr. K., you’re our favorite sub,” third grader Nicole offhandedly told me today as she was lying on the classroom carpet during a writing exercise. As I tried to supress a proud smile, Alyssa, alongside her, looked up and amended the compliment: “Our favorite boy sub.”/… Read full post »
My heart breaks for the parents of the first-grade children killed in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago and for the devastating loss to their community of so much innocent and vibrant young life. It’s an unimaginable nightmare for every family. How does anyone begin to cope with such inconsolabl… Read full post »
• What’s your first name?
• I just don’t lik… Read full post »
Working for nearly 35 years as an editor provided valuable experience in dealing with childish behavior. But how could I have known then that the sometimes Sisyphean effort required to push against professional writers’ whining, excuses, immaturity, recalcitrance, and incoherence would c… Read full post »
After reading a short story, Molly’s Pilgrim, in whi/… Read full post »
A second-grader today drew for me a picture of a hawk (which he spelled “hokk”), saying, “I’m a really good artist, and so is my mother. You should come over. ” As he was signing the artwork, he added, “Here’s my [telephone] number, bro.” Read full post »