| Mar 1, 2013
| 10:25 AM
For what it's worth, the following are my thoughts on what transpired on Oscar night.
The common enemy for everything that is included on Oscar night is time. In that inclusion are such items as any and all jokes, whether good or not, all singing and...
| Apr 19, 2012
Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock 'n' roll to much of the nation on "American Bandstand" and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year's Eve...
| Feb 2, 2012
The idea was simple — but groundbreaking: Create a live showcase for black music, modeled on "American Bandstand."
Don Cornelius pulled $400 from his own pocket to launch the dance show on a local Chicago TV station in 1970. As host and executive...
| Jan 26, 2011
The creation of a toy that would become an American classic was triggered in 1956 by a Fourth of July parade of ants at a Studio City picnic.
While gazing at the industrious insects, novelty-toy entrepreneur Milton Levine was transported back to...
| Mar 16, 2011
Robert P. Marcucci, the former Philadelphia record company owner and legendary talent manager who groomed and launched teen idols Frankie Avalon and Fabian in the late 1950s, has died. He was 81.
FOR THE RECORD:
Robert Marcucci: In...
| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 6:58 PM
Don Cornelius, who died Wednesday at 75, was a civil rights pioneer disguised as a dance-music-show host. He used to sign off the “Soul Train” show he founded in Chicago by wishing his viewers “love, peace and soul,” and devoted...
| Sep 2, 2011
"Soul Train." the televised house that Don Cornelius built on a bedrock of soul, funk and ahead-of-their time dance moves, will celebrate its 40th anniversary Monday in concert at Pritzer Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Chicago soul greats Jerry Butler, the...
| Mar 4, 2012
| 4:58 PM
You’ve seen concerts at the United Center and the Allstate Arena, at Metro and the Riviera Theatre. But have you ever seen a band play in a Chicago train station?
About 1,800 Chicagoans did Thursday — for free.
Maroon 5 and “Love Song&...
| Jul 25, 2011
Armed with a yellow bucket filled with cleaning supplies, Jeremy Krock made his way toward the grave of John Donaldson, who was interred at Burr Oak Cemetery more than 40 years ago.
Krock, 53, an anesthesiologist from Peoria, spruces up Donaldson's grave...
| May 2, 2011
"They shoot horses, don't they?" I was panting heavily. My daughters looked bewildered. Obviously, my reference to the 1969 movie — wherein Jane Fonda nearly dances herself to death during a marathon — utterly escaped them.
My frustration was...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 1:06 PM
"If we get any more white people in here," complains one of the characters in "Hairspray," as curious Caucasians fill Motormouth Maybelle's record shop, "this is gonna be a suburb."
That line — long familiar to those of us who've heard "Good...