Bobby Vee

Forget show business, Bobby Vee was simply one of the nicest people on the planet. That is not an opinion. It is simply a fact. Bobby died today at the age of 73. He had lived with Alzheimer’s disease for several years. His wife Karen died in August of last year. They were married for 51 years.…
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Nancy O’Dell

For me, about the only good thing to come out of the whole sorry, sordid Donald Trump/Billy Bush/Access Hollywood tape affair is that I have new respect for Nancy O’Dell. Nancy O’Dell is the anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” She is clearly talented, classy and–even by Donald Trump standards–beautiful. But until this past weekend, I’ve always been a bit ambivalent toward her, good…
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Funeral Food

The other day I mentioned casually on Facebook that a nice neighbor of ours had come to the door with a Tupperware container full of tuna noodle hot dish (minus the crumbled potato chips for the top).  I added snarkily something about it being almost as much fun as attending at a Lutheran funeral. Well, that seemed to wake up the Internets a bit.…
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It was 1976. Just a half dozen years old,  already The UND Writers Conference was a well-established and highly-regarded cultural event. But conference founder John Little had outdone himself that year, booking two of the country’s best-known authors, Tom Wolf and Truman Capote. Wolf, ever the clothes horse, opened the week-long conference with a reading of his works wearing…
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Marilyn, Peggy And John

Shortly after the election in November, a piece of presidential memorabila goes on the auction block. Well, sort of presidential. The skin-tight, highly sequined gown Marilyn Monroe wore on the occasion in 1962 when she breathily and memorably sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. The dress, which has been mostly out of the spotlight, so to speak,…
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