In memory of Medill professor Bob McClory

“So I’m thinking it’s either a Pulitzer in six years, or a mental hospital for you.” That was Bob McClory, a journalism professor of mine who died last Friday at age 82. Or at least that’s what I remember him saying at the end-of-the-quarter meeting about my writing and final grade when I was aContinue reading “In memory of Medill professor Bob McClory”

Dave Brubeck, 91, has died

[nggallery id=8786] Dave Brubeck, 91, has died. The jazz pianist and composer, perhaps best known for “Take Five” (watch video below). Read the AP obituary here. Brubeck was no stranger to the Capital Region. The venues he performed in include the Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Proctors in Schenectady, Troy Savings BankContinue reading “Dave Brubeck, 91, has died”

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch

[nggallery id=6759] David Wiegand of the Times Union’s sister newspaper, San Francisco Chronicle, has a wonderful appreciation of Marvin Hamlisch. He is part of it: Mr. Hamlisch often wrote with great heart and emotion, but the music for “Chorus Line” memorably shows how much more there was to Mr. Hamlisch’s music than what we heardContinue reading “Remembering Marvin Hamlisch”

Ray Bradbury, 91, dies

[nggallery id=5648] The AP is reporting that Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of “Fahrenheit 451,” has died. He was 91. I read “Farhenheit 451” when I was in eighth grade andContinue reading “Ray Bradbury, 91, dies”

Robin Gibb, of Bee Gees fame, dies

[nggallery id=5270] Rolling Stone reports that Robin Gibb, 62, has died. Gibb was one-third of the band The Bee Gees, formed with his twin, Maurice, and his older brother Barry. The group was known for such 1970s hits as “Stayin Alive,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep is Your Love.” The AP reports: Gibb’s representative Doug WrightContinue reading “Robin Gibb, of Bee Gees fame, dies”

David Malachowski remembers Ernie Williams

[nggallery id=3995] Ernie Williams and I were separated by a generation or two, but we both enjoyed fishing, took to music early and loved the blues the most. We grew up in very different worlds. Much of his world wasn’t pretty. Every now and then, he’d talk about how it was years ago, “When blackContinue reading “David Malachowski remembers Ernie Williams”