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June 5, 2002 |
When Hugh M. Hefner walked into his new Playboy magazine office in Chicago in 1962, ordering the creation of an in-depth interview feature, he suggested that staff members take a look at leftover celebrity stories meant for the glossy publication Show Business Illustrated that he had just folded. The task fell to a young associate editor named Murray Fisher who, rummaging among the inventory, found an unfinished piece by the unknown writer Alex Haley on jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.
August 6, 1997
Philip Collins made his name producing books about the exuberantly designed radios of the 1920s and '30s, of which he was a pioneer collector. His latest book, "Classic Cocktails of the Prohibition Era" (General Publishing Group, $14.95), treats the cocktails of the same bravely sophisticated Art Deco age.
December 24, 1995
I can't tell you how dismayed I am at the review of Nancy Sinatra's book on her father, "Frank Sinatra: An American Legend" (Book Review, Dec. 17). That the Book Review would assign such an important book to a gossip writer is, to me, unfathomable. Mitchell Fink managed to turn the review into a self-serving gossip column, and he spread false and malicious rumors about the relationship between Frank and Nancy, and gave out wrong information about Frank's involvement with the book. He has been set straight by the Sinatras on how inaccurate he was and on the hurt he caused Nancy with his gratuitous personal swipes.
February 26, 1998 |
What: "Golf in the Comic Strips," a collection by Howard Ziehm Publisher: General Publishing Group ($29.95) Hal Linden, the actor and entertainer, likes to tell this one: "How can you tell golf is more popular than tennis? Heard any good tennis jokes lately?" Humor has been a part of golf since the sport made its way to this country from Scotland in the 1890s, about the same time the newspaper comic strip was born. The two have been intertwined ever since.
June 20, 1997 |
It's strange how our culture rolls over waves of sentiment. Immigrants are good. Immigrants are bad. Affirmative action becomes equal opportunity. And political correctness is a bad memory. That last bit is clear as reptile-hunting brothers Todd and Brant von Hoffmann bring us their "Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness" (General Publishing Group). It is an encyclopedic coffee-table tome of everything from the history of basketball to the last word on "the mud flap girl" (a.k.a. "sitting ladies").