RIP, Sherwood Schwartz

The man who cast a long shadow over 1960s television — creating “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch” and writing the theme song for “Gilligan” — has died at the ripe old age of 94. The obit notes that he is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred. In tribute, a generation of boomers [Read More...]

The reality TV that wasn't: how CBS faked the Fourth

What you see below never happened. Read all about it: Those who watched Boston’s revered Fourth of July celebration Monday night on CBS were treated to spectacular views of fireworks exploding behind the State House, Quincy Market, and home plate at Fenway Park, among other places – great views, until you consider that they were [Read More...]

How is the New York Times like the Catholic Church?

Departing Executive Editor of the paper Bill Keller — who was raised Catholic — has a provocative thought or two: “My parents took their faith very seriously — especially my mother, who had the fervor of a convert (from Episcopalian). My brothers and I had nuns and priests as our teachers through high school, and [Read More...]

Pics from Pittsburgh

I know you all have been breathlessly awaiting pictures from the Catholic Media Convention last week in Pittsburgh.  The wait is over. Pittsburgh is a lovely city, and not at all what a lot of us expected.  No rust, no smokestacks.  Lots of hills and ballparks.  Below, the view from my hotel room. There were [Read More...]

How to make TV a source of happiness

For some unapologetic couch potatoes, that’s a little like saying “How to make beer a source of happiness.”  But — like beer — TV can also cause a few problems. Here are some helpful suggestions (courtesy, The Happiness Project) for avoiding those problems (other than just turning it off or giving it away): At lunch [Read More...]

"Papa's got an iPad and Twitter account — he's not gonna get any work done now!"

That’s how Elizabeth Scalia celebrated the historic moment, captured in the photograph below. The pope launched the Vatican’s new online news site with a gesture that must have sent Apple stock soaring: tweeting on an iPad. Rocco has more. [Read more...]

A miracle for Fr. Peyton?

Maybe. With so much bad news flowing out of Catholic Albany, New York these days, this news is heartening: A possible miraculous cure attributed to Catholic media pioneer Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., could advance the beatification cause of the “Rosary Priest” known for his motto “The family that prays together, stays together.” A tribunal based [Read More...]

The John Jay Report: what critics and the press got wrong

And there was evidently a lot they got wrong, according to the lead researcher of the report, Karen J. Terry.  She offered the following analysis at John Jay’s online resource, The Crime Report: Sound bites should not be confused with facts. By the time we officially released our report (which can be found here) on The [Read More...]

RIP, Nick Charles

The trailblazing CNN sports anchor died yesterday after a long bout with cancer — just short of one of his personal goals, to see his 65th birthday.  He would have been 65 on June 30. This spring, he spoke with CNN about his life and his last days — and the importance of his rediscovered [Read More...]

Kudos! — UPDATED

“These are untold stories, rich with the sort of confluence of religion, history, culture and nationalism that reveal true complexity.  The writing pulls from multiple sources in ways that allow us to feel as if we’re not seeing a single tile in a great mosaic, but the entire mosaic itself.  These are a triumph of [Read More...]


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