Lucci, Trebek, and Barney Make History

  For fans of daytime television, it was quite an afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History here in Washington, D.C., home to such cultural artifacts as the ruby red slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz. To help launch a new permanent exhibition of American popular culture, two genuine TV icons and the co-creators of a third, a large purple dinosaur, donated items from their personal collections. All My Children star Susan Lucci donated the …

Wayne Miller: He Took the Shots Seen Round the World

Wayne Miller, who died on May 22 at age 94 in Orinda, Calif., captured iconic images of such a wide range of subjects that it’s almost hard to believe that a single person even saw all these moments, let alone photographed them. Just look at this 2009 retrospective, which includes just a small portion of the portfolio that he shot from the 1940s to the mid-1970s. There’s a dramatic photo of a wounded airman being lifted from a plane on the …

Discovery: A Grande Dame’s Final Curtain Call

It was visible for just five seconds or so, gliding between the buildings on L Street here in Washington, D.C., but I still managed to raise my camera and snap one last shot of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it headed toward its final home at Dulles International Airport this morning. It wasn’t even 10 a.m., the time the news had said Discovery would begin making the rounds atop its specially outfitted Boeing 747. I was glad for that glimpse, …

Clint Eastwood Explains his Position on Gun Control

Warner Brothers invited me to the Smithsonian Institution ceremony last night at which Clint Eastwood was presented with the museum’s James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, and I must say it was a bittersweet moment for me. That’s because Clint, for some reason, opted out of our AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in Hollywood next week, at which we were going to present him with our Golden Chair Award for J. Edgar. Go Figure. I briefly considered bringing Clint’s trophy along to …