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Jacob D. Dumelle, P.E. – His Public Service and Pop Culture Presence

Oak Park resident Jacob D. Dumelle, P.E., Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) U.S. Navy, passed away Saturday, June 14, at age 89. Jake Dumelle was a Navy veteran, environmental advocate, and a successful administrator at the federal and state levels of government, … Continue reading

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Behind a Fabricated Beatles History

For stories about the Beatles, the line “It was 50 Years Ago Today” is destined to serve as a repeated hook for the better part of this decade. Most immediately, it was, in fact, also the title of an international … Continue reading

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The Untold Story of the “Untold Story” of the first Beatles recordings (by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik)

Suppose, for the sake of a better story, you chose to deliberately ignore “inconvenient” facts and details that “got in the way”? In the case of the Beatles, that has happened repeatedly over the past fifty years. With professional pride, … Continue reading

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The Beatles on TV, Live in Your Living Room

The musical dam was already breaking when The Beatles stepped onto The Ed Sullivan Show stage on February 9, 1964. On Billboard’s charts, the group had the country’s top single (I Want To Hold Your Hand). A pair of albums … Continue reading

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Something Bigger, Better, and Live: The Tonys

The television watching theatre lover in me took great delight in the 67th annual Tony Awards program on June 9, 2013. Live from Radio City Music Hall. In particular, for the opening number, producer Ricky Kirshner, director Glenn Weiss, and … Continue reading

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Through the MBC Prism, Forward via the Past

In its first full year after cutting the ribbon to a new permanent home in downtown Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) hosted events and personalities from all slices of media history. Looking forward, through the prism of the … Continue reading

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The Marriage Bill Right Next Door at UIC

It was perfect timing. For the fall 2013 semester at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), I was teaching the course “Mass Media and Politics,” connecting the dots between campaigns, elections, and the push behind key contemporary issues. On … Continue reading

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