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December 20, 1992
Hooray for Tom Shales for telling the plight of one of the best shows on TV (TV Times, Dec. 6). Not only have CBS executives shown they are out of touch with the public on their decision to cancel "Brooklyn Bridge," but they also chose to drop two of the all-time syndicated shows--"Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." With network leadership like this, it is small wonder that CBS' ratings continue to slide. John Shafer, Canyon Country
June 5, 1989 | From Times wire services
A handicapped daredevil calling himself "Megaman" and wearing a cape today dangled from the George Washington Bridge, throwing smoke bombs and causing a massive rush-hour traffic snarl. After about two hours, police hauled the man up by the ropes he used to hang from the bridge and arrested him. The daredevil, identified as Raymond Mohammad of the Bronx, was the same man who last August dangled from a wheelchair from the Brooklyn Bridge, his Megaman nickname emblazoned on his socks, police said.
January 10, 1993 | James Endrst, The Hartford Courant
Who's killing prime-time television's quality shows, the networks or the viewers? The networks say it's the viewers--bombarded with options, remote control at the ready and impatient for entertainment. Viewers, especially those deeply attached to well-crafted programs that fall into the ratings margins, say it's the networks that are impatient, catering to the whims of the lowest common denominator.
April 20, 2012 | Scott Timberg
A bridge, of course, is a stretch of metal or stone or something that spans, typically, a body of water. But it also unites two disparate things that would otherwise remain disconnected. So it's only fitting that what could prove a breakthrough piece for the polymath young composer Gabriel Kahane is a piece about the Brooklyn Bridge. Kahane was led to this particular structure by his current locale -- he's part of a Brooklyn new-music renaissance -- as well as Hart Crane's 1930 poem "The Bridge," now considered a landmark of modernism.
June 22, 2003 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
When the Brooklyn Bridge was approaching its 100th birthday in 1983, a committee of dignitaries spent years planning the celebration, then threw a party to remember, with fireworks seen for miles. That bridge remains such a beloved landmark that even its 120th birthday last month became an occasion for festivities, capped by a laser light show. "It's the bridge to the world," Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said.
March 26, 2010
Johnny Maestro '16 Candles' singer with the Crests Johnny Maestro, 70, a singer who performed the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with the Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with the Brooklyn Bridge, died of cancer Wednesday in Florida, according to Les Cauchi, a friend and original Brooklyn Bridge member. Maestro was born John Mastrangelo on May 7, 1939, in New York City and grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He began his career in 1956 as lead singer of the Crests, an integrated doo-wop group that had a No. 2 single with "16 Candles."
Gary David Goldberg is thrilled that Bravo has chosen his acclaimed 1991-93 CBS series "Brooklyn Bridge" as the latest offering on its "TV Too Good for TV" showcase. (During the past year, "Twin Peaks" and "Max Headroom" have found a new home on the cable channel.) "Brooklyn Bridge," which premiered to great acclaim in September, 1991, is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama based on creator-executive producer Goldberg's childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1956.
October 12, 1991 | RICK DU BROW
It's been almost an axiom in network TV that weekly series with a distinctly ethnic Jewish flavor will be tuned out because of limited appeal. So imagine the delight of CBS as initial episodes of "Brooklyn Bridge," a warm and witty comedy about a distinctly Jewish family in 1950s Brooklyn, have registered higher ratings nationally than in the big cities where many Jewish people live.
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