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Monday, July 28, 2014
R.I.P., James Garner
Posted Tuesday, July 22, at 8:18 PM
The world learned Sunday that actor James Garner died Saturday night of natural causes at age 86. That makes me sad. So very sad. For not only was he a fine actor whose work I immensely enjoyed in the old "Maverick" and "Rockford Files" TV shows but he genuinely seemed to relish what he was doing at all times. A man's man, he shared an obvious sense of humor with a wink and a nod that he didn't take himself too seriously...

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Taking the iced tea plunge
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 7:46 PM

There's a scene in the Bruce Willis "Die Hard" sequel where our hero, John McClane, finds himself stuck in one of those "Groundhog Day" situations. Willis breaks the sacred fourth wall and stares into the camera to say, "Why does this stuff (expletive deleted) keep happening to me?"...

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So you got a little color this weekend, eh?
Posted Thursday, May 15, at 1:12 PM

The fact that little ol' Annie made the loathsome lyrics "the sun'll come out tomorrow" synonymous with optimism has always amazed me. After all, we redheads should stick together. And if you have the slightest hint of red in your head, the last thing you want to do is be out in the sun. Today or tomorrow...

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Royce Waltman someone to celebrate
Posted Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 PM

With the passing of former DePauw University basketball coach Royce Waltman Monday night -- a feisty fellow and architect of a 1990 NCAA title run that came up one last shot or one fateful missed call short of reality -- I was deep in my own thoughts and memories when I spotted a tweet from Ken Owen...

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Sick, sick, sick (and tired) of this winter
Posted Sunday, February 9, at 3:38 PM

As I stood around freezing in single-digits temps Thursday morning to snap photos of the annual Girl Scout cookie delivery, I couldn't help but think back to undertaking the same assignment last February. It was 60 degrees then, and nobody was wearing a jacket. Thursday morning I couldn't feel my toes for an hour after getting back to the office...

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Dec. 7 takes on additional meaning locally this year
Posted Wednesday, November 27, at 3:44 PM

To most Americans -- especially those age 60 and older certainly -- Dec. 7 will always and forever remain a day that will live in infamy. And with good reason, of course, since it is the anniversary of the heinous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that propelled the United States into World War II...

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Dressed for success? Hardly think so
Posted Thursday, October 24, at 5:43 PM

Just making conversation the other night, someone asked what I had dressed up as the last time I put on a costume for Halloween. That was an easy one. There was a party to go to. People were supposed to come in costume. It was last minute, and I wasn't even sure I was even going to go...

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Weekend thoughts and other notions
Posted Monday, September 23, at 6:14 PM

Random weekend thoughts -- not necessarily by Jack Handy ... So it's officially now autumn ... where in the world did the summer go? Oh yeah, I spent most of it being smothered in a sling in the La-Z-boy. Happy to be back, thank you very much. *...

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'You know why I pulled you over?' ...
Posted Thursday, August 29, at 10:36 PM

Note to self: No matter how bad things ever get, forget about a career as a criminal. No cheating on taxes. No refilling yesterday's cup at the McDonald's self-serve island. No ripping tags off old mattresses. As Charlie Brown (no, not that cartoon guy) once said in song: "You're gonna get caught, just you wait and see ... Why's everybody always pickin' on me?"...

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The quest for beef in sweet home, Chicago
Posted Friday, August 23, at 12:57 PM

Yea, you can pretty much take one quick look at me and know that I enjoy me some good grub. A meat-and-potatoes guy all the way. And where's the beef? Chicago, baby. That's why I didn't have to think twice when my sister Jennifer -- in from California for my daughter Emily's wedding in the Windy City last weekend -- asked if I wanted to go try and find some real Chicago Italian beef...

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Powerball retirement plan just another lost cause
Posted Monday, May 20, at 12:54 PM

The fact that I am back at my desk today, typing on my trusty, crusty Mac keyboard can only mean one thing -- my ingenious Powerball retirement fund plan somehow went awry over the weekend. Didn't win the $590 million jackpot Saturday night. Haven't bought a private island, perfected a new margarita recipe, adopted an unlisted telephone number or put Alan Dershowitz on legal retainer...

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Take your senses to the movies
Posted Wednesday, March 20, at 11:30 AM

Going to the movies has certainly changed. I'm not just talking about the $9.50 ticket price to get in or the $7.50 popcorn-and-coke combo. Or even filmmakers' fascination with zombies and vampires and everything else dead. Nope, I'm talking about the in-the-dark movie-going experience...

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Wake me when it's time for the wrath of Winter Storm Khan
Posted Saturday, December 22, at 9:44 AM

If you're reading this, and it's after 3:11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, then the Mayans were wrong and we can get on with the important things in life. Like naming winter storms. Yes, naming winter storms. It's all apparently the doing of The Weather Channel, and the fine folks there are trying to convince us that the current winter storm rumbling across Indiana and the upper Midwest is Draco...

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Breaking news, and TV gets it right
Posted Monday, November 12, at 10:34 AM

As a journalist and a media consumer myself, one of my biggest complaints with television news has always been its liberal interpretation of what qualifies as "breaking news." Other than an almost fatalist fascination with turning every sprinkle or snow flurry into a "weather event" in order to ballyhoo their "storm team," TV stations' definition of breaking news leaves the most to be desired...

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A picture worth a thousand words? Not so fast, my friends ...
Posted Wednesday, September 26, at 1:06 PM

With all the recent advancements in digital photography and nearly every cell phone on the planet now capable of capturing still photos and video, it continues to amaze me that every single shot of the Loch Ness Monster is blurry and dark. Every photo of a reported Sasquatch looks like it was taken at midnight with a Kodak Brownie camera by someone more nervous than Don Knotts...

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Walking the dog quite the sport
Posted Tuesday, September 4, at 11:38 AM

A few years back, I adopted a puppy from the Humane Society. We called him Dunston. The naming process proved quite easy actually. Not long before that the Chicago Cubs had one of most athletically intriguing players I've ever seen, a shortstop named Shawon Dunston...

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Sadly, cherished Hall of Fame moment too late for Ron Santo
Posted Thursday, July 19, at 8:15 PM

On Sunday afternoon, Chicago Cub legend Ron Santo will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y. Cub fans everywhere should be clicking their heels that the Hall finally opened its door for one of the greatest third basemen of all time. Underscore "should be." For Ron Santo should have been in the Hall of Fame long ago...

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Raise some money, raise some kids
Posted Thursday, June 21, at 8:55 PM

According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- those same folks who count our pork bellies and bushels of corn -- raising a child is officially far from a financial breeze in 2012. Oh, really. Well, who'd have thought ... The USDA says a middle-income family with a child born in 2011 can expect to spend about $234,900 for food, shelter and other necessities to raise that child until he or she is 17 years old...

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Listen to your mother, for this is strange
Posted Friday, April 27, at 5:12 PM

Strange things seem to be haunting me. First a little old lady in the car beside me in the bank parking lot rolls down her window and frustratedly asks me why her car won't start (little does she realize she might as well be asking me a calculus question, for the Shell Answer Man I am not)...

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Wait'll next year
Posted Monday, March 19, at 11:33 AM

Okay, so who predicted the horrible, terrible, very bad winter of 2011-12 ... the Mayans? In the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, as winter turned into spring 2012, we are in the midst of record-breaking warmth. It's been 80 degrees in Indiana. 80 degrees!...

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A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Eric Bernsee has enjoyed residing in Greencastle for more than 25 years. Years of consuming McDonald's iced teas, Dairy Castle flurries and Marvin's GCBs have helped make him the man he is today.
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