A ‘Long Strange Trip’ I took 45 years ago

When I covered rock’n’roll in the early 1980s, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia were among the many performers I enjoyed interviewing. But my most lasting memory of the Grateful Dead took place 45 years ago this month long before my career in journalism began.

In the fall of 1972, my friend Bob Boyle and I made plans to see the Dead in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Sept. 19, the day after Bob’s 19th birthday. At the time, we were students at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York State about 350 miles from Jersey City. But we didn’t let the distance dissuade us. Nor were we concerned that neither of us had a car.

The solution? Hitchhike. more

 

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Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting

Because St. Bonaventure University is located in a rural area of Western New York, opportunities to cover local governments, school boards and other traditional news beats are limited. To address this challenge, my wife Anne and I use a baseball spring training blog in our journalism classes.

We will be discussing the blog in November in Philadelphia at the  Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association’s 28th annual conference.

Our presentation, Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting: Using a Spring Training Blog to Teach Journalism Students How to Cover a Beat, is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, as part of Continue reading

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RIP Guy A. Lee

This is the last photo I took of my father, who would have turned 95 today.

In many ways, it says a lot about who he was. He was a proud WWII veteran and an avid Mets fan who loved to read and enjoyed the outdoors.

If he touched your life as he did mine, consider yourself blessed.

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Best semester ever

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Best start of a semester since I returned to St. Bonaventure University in 2011 because Anne W. Lee is now a full-time faculty member.

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Podcast: A Conversation with Joe Grushecky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe very talented and accomplished Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky was kind of enough to join me for a podcast about his upcoming show in Niagara Falls, his new single with Bruce Springsteen and more.

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Four reasons why Sgt. Pepper remains relevant 50 years after its release

Fifty years after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the songs on the Beatles’ iconic 1967 album still sound fresh and contemporary. But it is not just the music that has relevancy for life in 2017.

Here are four lessons that Sgt. Pepper offers for today’s audiences: more

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Was Gary Hart right?

Gary Hart in 1987

Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel via Wikimedia Commons

Thirty years ago today, the way journalists cover politicians changed forever.

At the time, reporters had long considered politicians’ private lives off-limits.

But on May 3, 1987, the Miami Herald reported that Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart had spent part of the weekend at his townhouse with a young woman who was not his wife. more

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