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Notes after a long weekend

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 26, 2015

The bride and I drove to the New York area on Thursday to see my older son graduate from college on Friday. Then we returned Saturday. I was on the job Sunday and yesterday, after we did some work in the yard, it was a day of rest. And turkey burgers, cole slaw, and corn on the cob.

Here's some of what came to pass during those days:

-- We kept up our membership in the technological revolution. As I was driving along i-80 on Saturday, the bride used her iPad to connect to live-streaming of the Brelo verdict. A very long stream it was, but it was a way to hear it unfold even though we were hundreds of miles from home.

-- On Sunday, I spent some time at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery for its Memorial Day commemoration. You can read the story from the event here. I also posted a couple of pictures on Facebook.

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"Beautiful Mind" mathematician, wife killed in car crash

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 24, 2015


John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife Alicia were killed in a crash Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton Junction.

The two were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams.

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HeldenFiles: Watching David Letterman's last "Late Show"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 20, 2015

Dave had fun, didn't he? He found joy, didn't he? And he did not need Don Draper's chanting epiphany to know it.

I don't think the David Letterman of 30 or 20 or maybe even 10 years ago could have said goodbye with the grace and humility he showed in his farewell remarks. This Dave could look at his wife Regina and son Harry and say, "Nothing else matters, does it?" This Dave could talk about CBS boss Leslie Moonves and acknowledge Moonves had been "more than patient with me" -- and especially emphasize the "patient." (Earlier, conceding as well his flaws, he observed that not having his own show meant that any future screwups would require him "to go on somebody else's show to apologize.")

And he went out of his way to offer good wishes to his successor, Stephen Colbert.

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WCPN corrects misheard "rioting" quote

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 20, 2015

From the station:

In early versions of the story “Cleveland Braces For Verdict In 2012 Police Shooting” that ran on Monday morning, May 18th, during Morning Edition on 90.3 WCPN ideastream, it was reported that Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell said he would go out "rioting" if police officer Michael Brelo is acquitted in the shooting death of two black suspects.


An error in the report resulted from a misunderstanding between what Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell said ("riding/ride”) and what the reporter/producer heard ("rioting/riot").

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Dylan croons for Letterman

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 20, 2015

Good song choice, and I really like Dave's introduction.

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TV notes: Reality winners, new "AFHV" host

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 20, 2015



Two reality competitions picked winners last night.

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Items of interest

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 19, 2015

Buzzfeed writer Susan Cheng has a tough account of her encounter with actor Paul Johansson. As I've said some other places, if the former "One Tree Hill" actor thought his conduct was OK, why did he call his lawyer?

The Huffington Post has begun a five-part series about mental-health problems in newsrooms. (Stow your jokes. This is serious.) Part one is here and part two is here.


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Podcast: 'Mad Men' finale recap, David Letterman retiring, TV news, summer movies and more

By Dan Kadar Published: May 18, 2015

Beacon Journal popular culture reporter Rich Heldenfels checks in with his thoughts on the finale of Mad Men. Was the show's ending satisfying? What does the future hold for some of the show's actors and actresses? He also talks about the retirement of David Letterman and the legacy the late night host leaves behind. We also discuss some TV news and Rich picks out a few new shows he's looking forward to the most. We close with a brief talk about summer movies. Are we looking forward to anything?


Heldennfels says farewell to Mad Men

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Other things from the weekend

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 18, 2015

You can find my thoughts about the "Mad Men" series finale below. But if you missed them over the weekend:

I have a contemplation of David Letterman, who ends his "Late Show" reign on Wednesday. One of the things that struck me when I was working on the piece was that we who were among his most passionate early fans have not only watched him grow older, we have aged along with him. 

By the way, a reader of the piece questioned my mentioning that Johnny Carson had no guests on his finale, since "Late Show" has not announced any guests for his last show. The reader recalled Better Midler's famous singing of "One For My Baby" to Carson, and thought that was in his "Tonight" finale. It wasn't. Bette Midler sang, and -- rest his soul -- Robin Williams appeared on Carson's next to last telecast. There were no guests on the finale. But, because the Midler moment was so memorable, here's the clip:

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