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The First Day Back

By RD Heldenfels Published: January 2, 2007

Vacation plus a Monday holiday added up to a return that included the following: a short cover column for Channels (the Beacon Journal's TV supplement), a new Pop Quiz (daily question and answer) for Wednesday, a mailbag column for Thursday's editions, a HeldenFiles for Wednesday's and a longish column tied to the Ohio State-Florida game, also for Thursday. I also managed to read some mail, make some phone calls and chat with co-workers, though at the end of the day I mostly remembered writing.

And, at the end of the day, I have to acknowledge that I missed the work.

Couple of good things: A brief phone chat with the legendary Norman Corwin, who cheerfully helped answer a reader's question about a show Corwin did back in the '70s. Corwin is 96, so his life and career have gone through pretty much all the watershed moments in broadcasting. When I interviewed him once before, he began one anecdote by recalling being in a jeep in Europe with Ed Murrow. And Bill Paley. (At least, to Corwin they were Ed and Bill.) You can understand why I'm impressed just by the idea of talking to him.

Then, an e-mail came today from John Dickerson, who wrote the book about Nancy Dickerson I mentioned in a post earlier today. I had written him over the holidays about the book, and had pointed out a couple of small errors; his note in reply was quite gracious. You can read more about the book here and more about Dickerson -- including a blog about the book -- here.

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