The Empire Turns 20

In a few days, a week of events will mark the first two decades of the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. A 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert April 21 will open the week which will also include an open mic night, a movie night and more and conclude with the Empire’s annual dinner and dance.…
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Glen Campbell

After a long struggle with Alzheimers disease, Glen Campbell died this week at the age of 81. Of all the celebrity interviews I’ve done, the two I did with Glen Campbell are among my very favorite. For openers, it’s always as surprise that a star of his caliber was willing to talk with little old…
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Giant Of The Senate

I’ve never been much for writing book reviews. Mainly because I don’t know how to write book reviews. Call this one an appreciation. (If you feel you have to call it anything at all.) I noticed a lot of interest in Al Franken:  Giant of the Senate on Facebook and elsewhere. So, here we go. The…
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The Top 10 Coolest People Alive

A new biography of David Letterman has reminded me just how much I miss those nightly Top 10 lists of his. So much so that I thought it might be fun to put together one. Not the haha, funny kind. But for no particular reason,  a list of the coolest people I could think of. My cool criteria is simple.…
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Mr. Warmth

Today is Don Rickles’ birthday. It’s also my mother’s birthday, but that’s another story and another post. Don Rickles died a month ago. If you’re like me and you always wanted see him live but never did, and you feel cheated, the next best thing may be to watch the terrific John Landis documentary Mr. Warmth. Johnny…
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