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Footprints Large and Small: Writer Deaths of 2018

by M.C. Antil on January 23, 2019

It was, indeed, a bad year for writers – even a few who we never really thought, first and foremost, of as men of letters. William Goldman Some contend (reasonably so) the greatest screenwriter in the history of American film was Billy Wilder. Some, likewise, contend it may have been Joseph or Herman Mankiewicz, or […]

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Among a few of the other many deaths of 2018; a dozen or so lives who touched us one way or another during their time among us. Robin Leach Bouncy, slightly doughy, and often cartoon-like Brit who came along at the right place at exactly the right time; a guy who both exploited and made […]

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Footprints Large and Small: Actor Deaths of 2018

by M.C. Antil on January 6, 2019

Among the many fine actors whose passing in 2018 we mark with the passing of the year: Philip Bosco In the early days of Hollywood, if not radio, one might argue the most bankable asset of any actor was his voice. At some point, however, especially during the method-driven 50’s, signature voices began to take […]

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Among the many men and women who left us in 2018 from the world of business included a few heavyweights whose impact can still be felt, some more than others.  They include: Russ Solomon He took his little music store on Watts Street in Sacramento – opened in 1960 and named after his father’s drug […]

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Footprints Large and Small: Sports Deaths of 2018

by M.C. Antil on December 31, 2018

Even though the world of sports didn’t experience any passings on a level of music’s loss of, say, Aretha Franklin, it did lose a number of greats who left their mark, however faint, upon our collective psyche. Among them: Tommy McDonald A throwback to the days when many football stars were built like the rest […]

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Footprints Large and Small: Musical Deaths in 2018

by M.C. Antil on December 28, 2018

Besides Aretha Franklin, a giant for the ages and a singer for all time, the music world also lost a number of lesser lights this year who, nevertheless, left their mark on our collective soul.  Among them: Danny Kirwan He may have spent much of his life a homeless and helpless substance abuser, but prior to […]

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R.I.P.: Joe Osborn

by M.C. Antil on December 22, 2018

He and his buddy, a brilliant young picker named James, were two Louisiana teenagers from Shreveport who’d made a few records with their boyhood pal Dale Hawkins before heading west to seek whatever fame and fortune they could muster. I’ll spare you all the machinations, but the important thing to know is that at a […]

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Santa Stories: The Greatest Gift

by M.C. Antil on December 6, 2018

The following is yet one more in a treasure trove of stories based on a lifetime of Santa Claus calls to kids at Christmas. Just over a decade ago, I opened a Christmas Eve email from a woman in what I’d soon learn was a rough-and-tumble section of Baltimore. She told me she’d recently adopted […]

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Santa’s Inbox

by M.C. Antil on November 14, 2018

Every year around this time, the holiday season begins in earnest for me. Because this time each year, my little Santa business kicks into gear. While the phone calls from Santa to kids around the country are often reward in and of themselves, a few residual benefits also reveal themselves over the course of the […]

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Walter Becker: An Appreciation

by M.C. Antil on September 20, 2017

Author’s note: This is a rather long-winded tribute to a recently-fallen idol. So consider this brief caveat, if you will, my geek alert. If you’re a Steely Dan nut, as I; indeed, read on. You may actually enjoy the ride. But if you’ve never been baptised in the cool, healing waters of Walter Becker and […]

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