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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Writer's Life 5/18 - Exit & Entrances

As the immortal bard Shakespeare put it: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances..."

RIP Roger Ailes, 77, founding CEO of Fox News, who gave viewers an alternative to the mainstream media dominated by liberals. He began as a local TV producer, moving up when The Mike Douglas Show went into national syndication. He worked on the successful election campaigns of Richard Nixon, the first Bush, Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump. He and Jon Kraushar co-wrote You Are the Message: Secrets of the Master Communicators. In 1993 he became president of CNBC and later created the America's Talking channel, which eventually became MSNBC. He spent 20 years at Fox, building it into the behemoth it has become. Here's a quote attributed to him: "If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, 'I have a solution to the Middle East problem,' and the other guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?" Thank you, sir.

Pro wrestling legend Classie Freddie Blassie frequently cited the importance of making a "grand entrance" during his madcap days as a manager. Pro golfer Lexi Thompson, 22, certainly made one at this week's stop on the ladies' tour. Her debut skydive was a tandem freefall with a member of the United States Navy, landing on the first tee of Wednesday's pro-am kickoff of the Tour Championship. She is a backer of the SEAL Legacy Foundation, which provides education assistance to families of wounded and deceased Navy SEALs. She says: "We all get to compete each week on the LPGA Tour because of the sacrifices of the SEALs and their families, so giving back is the least I can do." Well said, madam. Thompson is currently the fifth-ranked female golfer in the world. You go, girl.

It was a mid-summer-like day, temperature in the 90's. The shade provided by the scaffold recently erected at my regular nook helped considerably. My thanks to the kind folks who bought books and CD's, and to those who stopped to chat. There was no talk of politics for a change - and that's a good thing.
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