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Bernard Ohanian

While the world was watching for white smoke from the Vatican chimney, the undisputed master of American songwriting in the post-Tin Pan Alley era was himself inducted into an exclusive club. Officials of the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that Bob Dylan had been elected, the first…
On a February afternoon 38 years ago, I walked down Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley with Bob Dylan's voice blaring from speakers in every record store (remember those?), bookshop and café. Dylan was scheduled to perform that night with The Band at the nearby Alameda County Coliseum Arena - the…
Old guys and baseball were in the news over the weekend . But while Roger Clemens got most of the attention, he much better old-guy-and-baseball story played out in Los Angeles, where Vin Scully, who has been announcing Dodgers games on radio and television since 1950 said that he'll return to announce the games again next season.
Well, that settles it. No mom will ever be able to throw away her kid's baseball card collection again.
I never heard of Doris Sams until she died last week at age 85.
If I needed one more reminder of what we have to celebrate on the 4 th of July, I got it last week - when the Daily Telegraph reported that Kate Middleton is required to curtsy to her husband's aunt and female cousins, unless (of course! I should have guessed!) her husband is with her. (Whether…
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