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Journalist Patrick J. Kiger tells the stories of people who make their mark in ways big and small.

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Ralph Waite: Patriarch of ‘The Waltons’

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn’t sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. …

Sid Caesar: Maestro of TV Sketch Comedy

Posted on 02/13/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWithout Sid Caesar, we might not have had Saturday Night Live. In the early days of TV, some comedians simply got on camera and performed the same slapstick routines that had been a hit for them on Vaudeville, while others tried to replicate the situation comedy of radio shows. But Caesar, who passed away on Feb. 12 at age 91 in Beverly Hills, Calif., pioneered a new way to make us laugh in the age of television. >> Sign up for the …

Shirley Temple: The Biggest Child Movie Star

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAt a time when Americans were weathering the tail-end of the Great Depression, child actress Shirley Temple Black was an unparalleled sensation. People not only flocked to her movies and bought Shirley Temple dolls, they also dressed their daughters in dresses and coats modeled after those she wore in the movie Dimples. “Every girl 3 to 14 will want them,” proclaimed a 1936 newspaper advertisement for a line of official “Inspired by Shirley Temple” outfits. The film credits of Shirley Temple, who passed …

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sarah Palin

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

PoliticsSince she burst onto the national scene as a vice presidential candidate in 2008, former Alaska governor, political commentator, bestselling author, social media maven and reality show host Sarah Palin has remained in the spotlight. Here are some facts that you might not know about the outspoken conservative politician-turned-media personality. Though one of Alaska’s most famous residents, Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, on the same day in 1964 that the Beatles gave their first live U.S. concert in Washington, …

Ralph Kiner: The Slugger Who Became a Hit Behind the Mic

Posted on 02/7/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians in the 1940s and 1950s, Ralph Kiner was one of baseball’s greatest power hitters. Kiner, who died on Feb. 6 at age 91 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., led the National League in home runs seven straight times, and once clouted 54 of them in a season, more than even Willie Mays or Hank Aaron ever did. Kiner had another gift. In his second career as a TV announcer …

Pete Seeger: Folk Music Legend, Political Activist

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyPete Seeger, who passed away on Jan. 27 at age 94 in New York, accomplished the nearly unimaginable. He showed that one man, armed only with a banjo, a tenor singing voice and the courage of his convictions, not only could leave an indelible stamp upon popular music, but also challenge injustice and fight for a better world. Seeger helped popularize folk music, a genre derived from the traditional chants, hymns and laments of hardscrabble rural America, and wrote or …