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William Randolph Hearst, Pt. 2

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Nearly a century ago, one of William Randolph Hearst’s editors was summoned to the Chief’s residence at the Clarendon apartments, 137 Riverside Dr. He found Mr. Hearst fully dressed, in the sober statesman’s garb he then favored, but barefoot. They strolled into the kitchen. On the tile floor lay copies of the Manhattan newspapers. Hearst [&hellip
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Architects of Central Park W.

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

For those of us raised on movies of the 1930s and 1940s, Central Park West’s great beaux-arts and art-deco apartment towers were the backdrop to our visions of urban glamour. Francis Morrone writes of one in The Architectural Guidebook to New York City: "Dinner jackets. Martinis, very dry. Witty badinage. Skyline views out the window. [&hellip
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Hardboiled Charlie Chapin

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

In the golden age of American newspaper journalism, those 60 years between 1890 and 1950, New York had as many as 14 English-language dailies, with telegraphs and telephones to speed the newsgathering, even as high-speed presses printed tens of thousands of newspapers an hour. The radio was not a serious competitor and the television became [&hellip
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Dem Brooklyn Bums Go West

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Walter Francis O’Malley is infamous because he moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1957. Thirty-six years later, Wilfred Sheed dedicated My Life as a Fan not to, but against, "the villainous Walter O’Malley." According to Peter Golenbock’s Bums, one man claimed the best news he ever received was learning of O’Malley’s death. [&hellip
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Charming, Felonious Moman Pruiett

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

"Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…" –Oscar Hammerstein (see also 25 Oklahoma Rev. Statutes, sec. 94.1) Next month, when a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! opens on Broadway, audiences will have a taste of how entertaining history can be. Set nearly a century ago, on the eve of the Sooner State’s [&hellip
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