Bernard Shaw
American journalist
Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw is a retired American journalist and former news anchor for CNN from 1980 until his retirement in March 2001.
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In Praise of Libraries
Huffington Post - 4 months
I recently had the honor of speaking at the 2016 New England Library Association Conference. As I walked up the steps to the podium, I kept my eyes focused on the stairs, hoping I wouldn't pull a Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar's Night move and trip on the way up. I was nervous and dry-mouthed. What possible qualifications did I have to tell librarians anything? A confession: I am in awe of librarians. They are the most curious, agile, techno-savvy people around. They have figured out how to go beyond offering books and now provide anything else you can imagine: concerts and community reading programs, museum passes and meeting rooms, teen lounges and lectures. Even more amazing is the fact that our librarians--along with the help of involved volunteers--have figured out how to pay for all of these resources and services, despite constant budgetary battles over scant public funding. Libraries are among the few public institutions that are truly democratic. Librarians are the ...
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The Night Bob Dylan Made Sense
Huffington Post - 4 months
Twenty-four years ago, a concert predicted Dylan's future as a Nobel Laureate. Bob Dylan is officially the songwriter with the most bling. He's got plaques, statues, gramophones, and now a Nobel Prize in Literature. True to form, the Minnesota-born singer performed a career-spanning set at the Desert Trip music festival in California Friday night but never mentioned the amazing honor bestowed upon him Thursday morning. What a rock and roll thing to do: ignore the elephant in the room simply by being the bigger elephant. He's more decorated than Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, and Neil Young. With his new prize, Dylan has won the crown for all time. For America. But if Dylan is a living, breathing national hero, why have we been eulogizing him since he was a young man, almost as if he was dead ? I first asked this question when I attended a 30th anniversary Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden. It was October 16, 1992, and the marquee read, "Columbia Recor ...
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The Miracle of Vin Scully
Huffington Post - 5 months
To read the proclamation from the Beverly Hills City Council in honor of "Vin Scully Day in Beverly Hills" and to see the tribute video, click here. It is October 2, 2016. The French have an expression, "Partir, c'est mourir un peu," which roughly translates to: "To say goodbye is to die a little." The day has finally come and I feel as if a little part of me has died. Saying goodbye to Vin Scully as the voice of the Dodgers has never been a pleasant thought or an easy proposition. And now it's upon us. Much has been written about Vin Scully's storied career, especially this season, which is his 67th and final season as the voice of the Dodgers. Much has been made of the absolute and utter void his retirement will create. Much has been made of Vin Scully's role as "the poet laureate of baseball" or "the voice of Summer" and it's all true. But Mr. Scully means so much more to those of us who know, who get it. For me personally, Vin Scully is a link through the genera ...
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Taking The Good, Taking The Bad: Charlotte Rae Shares The Facts of Her Life in New Book
Huffington Post - 6 months
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who grew up in the 1980's who can't sing the famous theme song to TV's The Facts of Life. Of course, it wasn't just the show's catchy opening tune that won the affections of the American public for over ten years. Television audiences fell in love with the sitcom's four girls: Blair, Jo, Natalie, and Tootie. At the heart of the show was Charlotte Rae's iconic Edna Garrett, who ruled over the all-girls Eastland School (and beyond...) with a mix of common-sense advice and quick wit. The Facts of Life was not a hit when it initially debuted in 1979, but the Season Two premiere of the retooled series saw an immediate boom in ratings. By its third season, The Facts of Life had become the number one comedy and the number two overall program for NBC. For the first time, it even beat out its predecessor Diff'rent Strokes, the show that first introduced us to Mrs. Garrett. Facts went on to become one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 1980's, and R ...
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Surviving My Children
Huffington Post - 9 months
First published at Family Fusion Community. My blended family works together as much as we can, but like most children, my daughters tested their boundaries, and at times I wondered if our relationships would survive them. My daughters seemed to genuinely like both Bob and Molly, my husband and my daughters' stepmom. They were 7 and 10-year-old-children when they first met, just trying to get used to the concept of Mommy and Daddy no longer loving one another, and here came two new people. I tried not to communicate to the other household through my children, although it was impossible not to in the beginning. I have shared one of our major disagreements. All kids have an adjustment period or initiation period with their parent's new boyfriend/girlfriend when they test the waters to see what they can get away with. In our family, both Bob and Molly were new to the parenting role, with no children of their own from a previous relationship (Jeff and Molly now have two childr ...
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To Exhume or Not to Exhume
Huffington Post - 12 months
Whenever the anniversary of a famous author's birth or death reaches a significant milestone, critics and creative types may stop, look back, and think about a particular artist's cultural contribution. The more famous the artist, the less urgent the need to mark any major anniversary simply for the sake of history. Although this year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death (April 23, 1616), Shakespeare festivals now dot the international landscape. Box office returns easily justify Mostly Mozart festivals and celebrations of Beethoven's music. Performances of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung draw enthusiasts from around the world (the Washington National Opera will be performing three Ring cycles this spring). Back when Tito Capobianco was in charge of the San Diego Opera, he launched an annual Verdi festival with the goal of performing two of the beloved composer's operas each season until San Diego audiences had gone through the entire catalog. Each ye ...
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A Meaningful Conversation
Huffington Post - over 1 year
by Alister McGrath The massive public interest in the recent papal visit to the United States has highlighted one of the cultural enigmas of the early 21st century—the persistence of religion within a secular framework. Where some believed that the rise of a secular culture would lead to the slow and inevitable death of religion, we have seen a very different pattern beginning to emerge. Religion is changing, adapting to a new cultural landscape, and finding new forms of expression and existence. The rise of secularism is, of course, very often linked to scientific progress. In his important work A Secular Age, Charles Taylor argued for the rise of what he called an "imminent frame". What Taylor meant by this was an automatic habit of thought which saw the universe as self-contained and self-referential. Taylor here describes a cultural predisposition, an axiomatic way of seeing and conceiving the world, which simply excludes or marginalizes the divine as a matter of principle. ...
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U.S. Schools Don't Fail at Test Performance, They Fail at Citizenship Development
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Schools in the U.S. are failing, but not in the way that advocates for test-driven accountability, charter schools, and vouchers claim. In fact, schools in the U.S. do a terrific job of preparing our young people to live in and accept the world as it is. The less-than-stellar average scores of U.S. students on international assessment measures are not the harbinger of coming socioeconomic and social doom. Instead, that dubious honor goes to our failure to educate young people who grow into citizens who challenge the prevailing inequality, racism, hatred and environmental degradation that continues to plague the lives of far too many people. That failure works well for the already privileged, but not so much for the rest of us. Sadly, our education system produces far too many citizens who view themselves as people who accept an inequitable status quo rather than as change agents. A fact of political life is that many elected officials (and those running for office) speak to what t ...
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Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part II
Huffington Post - over 1 year
What is a serious writer to do in a culture going off the rails, decadent, un-serious? Sometimes it's not your own volition that decides the way forward, but external events, History. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 -- the shock, the deaths, the tragedy -- decided it for me. From our apartment high on Connecticut Avenue in the nation's capital, we could see the Pentagon on fire, filling the sky with black smoke. In that moment of truth I knew: I did not want merely to react, to respond to that historic day as a playwright, dramatizing how fearful we all felt. No, I wanted to act, help make sense of whatever was coming at us next, be a voice of reason in what I felt would be a time of fear and confusion. Turning points can turn you around, totally. I wrote an essay titled "Reinventing normalcy," submitted it to The Christian Science Monitor-- and spent the next eight years contributing commentary there. Over time my editors and I scoped out my beat, a capacious one -- politics, cult ...
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Maureen O'Hara: The Roads to Recognition, Co-Starring Lillian Gish and Robert Altman
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"This is what it's all about." -- Harvey Weinstein to Benedict Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum on leaving the Governors Awards, November 9, 2014 * * * The midnight blue of the bracing Idaho sky was the color of her beaded gown, reflecting the sparkle in her green eyes. The legendary red hair was perfectly coiffed; the tasteful diamond bracelets added a touch of glamour. The high-powered audience, gathered in the heart of Hollywood at the beginning of awards season, suddenly quieted as the evening began with a film tribute honoring the ravishingly beautiful actress who never gave less than a perfect performance in her seven-decade career. Martin Scorsese defined her impact: "She started at the very top, at age 18, starring with and working with the best and most brilliant-- only to remain there." After Liam Neeson reflected on his infatuation in seeing THE QUIET MAN, and Clint Eastwood, as a Universal contract player, told of his attempts to get close to LADY GODIVA, ...
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Review: ‘Major Barbara’ at Brave New World Repertory in Brooklyn
NYTimes - almost 2 years
George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 play pits a Salvation Army officer’s “blood and fire” and against her munitions manufacturer father’s “money and gunpowder.”
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How Modern Cinderella Adaptations Have Given The Tale's Outdated Feminism A Makeover
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Even with Egyptian and European roots, Cinderella is one of American culture's most famous folktales. Decades after Mary Pickford portrayed the hapless scullery maid in 1914's silent film and Disney popularized the story in 1950's celebrated singalong, the latest adaptation topped the box office last weekend, collecting a fancy $70.1 million across North America. But in the years since "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" became a rite of passage for 4-year-olds everywhere, stories based on the Cinderella archetype have had to determine whether to redraft the fairytale for an increasingly feminist audience. The new movie, "Cinderella," written by Chris Weitz ("About a Boy," "The Golden Compass") and directed by Kenneth Branagh ("Hamlet," "Thor"), borrows a note that certain other adaptations have played: the prince (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark on "Game of Thrones") first encounters Cinderella (Lily James, aka Rose on "Downton Abbey") in everyday garb before the ball has even been announced. “She ...
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Hobo Author Jim Tully Celebrated in New Documentary on PBS
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Jim Tully is a writer whose reputation is on the rise. Over the last few years, this once famous "Hobo author" has been celebrated with the publication of a definitive biography, a string of newspaper and magazine articles, reissues of his out-of-print bestsellers, screenings of movies based on his books, and the recent DVD release of Beggars of Life (1928), an acclaimed silent film based on Tully's best known work. In 2012 there was "Tullyfest", a series of exhibits, lectures, talks, screenings, and walking tours held in-and-around Hollywood, the author's one-time home. The event, which marked the 100th anniversary of Tully's arrival in Los Angeles, also saw the publication of The Dozen and One: A Field Guide to the Books of Jim Tully. Now comes Road Kid to Writer - The Tracks of Jim Tully, a new documentary by Mark Wade Stone and StoryWorks.TV which airs February 15th on PBS in Ohio. At 50 minutes, it packs a punch, and should go a long way toward reestablishing the author ...
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Former CNN Anchor Kept Cool, But Paid The Price Of Success
NPR - over 2 years
Award-winning journalist Bernard Shaw was a CNN news anchor for more than 20 years. He reflects on his career, mentors and how he knew it was time to leave the anchor desk. » E-Mail This
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'Would You Let Your Daughter Color Her Hair Blue?'
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Rebekah McCloud UCF Forum columnist I recently took a ride on the new SunRail. I was among the throng onboard for a free ride and to see, as Dr. Seuss would say, "Oh, the places I could go." When I entered the overstuffed car, a young woman immediately stood up and said to me, "Here, Momma, take my seat." And I did. I thanked her and commented about the kindness of her gesture. We chatted for a couple of stops and then she got off of the train. As soon as the doors closed and the train took off, the woman who was sitting directly in front of me said, "Did you see the color of her hair?" I did; it was blue. I pretended not to hear my fellow rider. She asked again and this time she tapped my foot with her cane and spoke in a slightly raised voice, "Did you see the color of her hair?" I did; it was blue. Not getting a response from me a second time, she said to the woman sitting next to her, "She must be deaf." I responded, "I'm not and I did; it was blue." "Well, what c ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bernard Shaw
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 64
    He has occasionally appeared on CNN, including in May 2005 when a plane flew into restricted air space in Washington, D.C. He also co-anchored Judy Woodruff's last broadcast on CNN in June 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Shaw is married to Linda Allston, with whom he has a son and daughter.
  • 2002
    Age 61
    Bernard Shaw appeared in Robert Wiener’s book Live from Baghdad. He appeared as a character in the 2002 HBO film of the same name where he was portrayed by Robert Wisdom.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 59
    He moderated the October 2000 vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman.
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  • 1992
    Age 51
    Shaw co-anchored CNN's Inside Politics from 1992 until he retired from CNN in 2001.
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  • 1991
    Age 50
    The book, as well as the film, features Shaw’s subsequent trips to Iraq around the events of 1991 Gulf War including his interview of then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his epic live coverage of the Baghdad air strike on 17 January 1991 with his CNN colleagues John Holliman and Peter Arnett, from where the name of Wiener’s work was taken.
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    He is also remembered for his reporting on the 1991 Gulf War.
    More Details Hide Details Reporting with CNN correspondents John Holliman and Peter Arnett from the Al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad, he found shelter under a desk as he reported cruise missiles flying past his window. He also made frequent trips back and forth from the hotel's bomb shelter. While describing the situation in Baghdad, he famously stated "Clearly I've never been there, but this feels like we're in the center of hell."
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 47
    Shaw is widely known for the question he posed to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Dukakis at his second Presidential debate with George H. W. Bush during the 1988 election, which Shaw was moderating.
    More Details Hide Details Knowing that Dukakis opposed the death penalty, Shaw asked him if he would support an irrevocable death penalty for a man who hypothetically raped and murdered Dukakis's wife. Dukakis responded that he would not; some critics felt he framed his response too legalistically and logically, and did not address it sufficiently on a personal level. Other critics thought the question inflammatory and unwarranted at a presidential debate.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    He left ABC in 1980 to move to CNN as its Principal Anchor.
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  • 1977
    Age 36
    In 1977, he moved to ABC News as Latin American correspondent and bureau chief before becoming the Capitol Hill Senior Correspondent.
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  • 1971
    Age 30
    He worked as a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of CBS News from 1971 to 1977.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 21
    He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including stints in Hawaii and at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, where in 1962 he was a "Message Center" specialist, achieving the rank of Corporal, E-4.
    More Details Hide Details He exhibited a passionate interest in the print media, clipping articles from newspapers, often traveling at weekends to Washington, DC ("Big W"). He cultivated an acquaintance with Walter Cronkite, and had an interest in baseball. Shaw began his broadcasting career as an anchor and reporter for WNUS in Chicago. He then worked as a reporter for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company in Chicago, moving later to Washington as the White House correspondent.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on May 22, 1940.
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