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My last blog was on dying.  This one is on living.  

 

Back in October, “Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway” opened for a limited ten-week run at the Broadhurst Theatre.  Before becoming a film star as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie franchise, Jackman got his start singing and dancing in musicals like “Oklahoma.”  He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical portraying singer-songwriter Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz.”

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Crossing The Bar


 
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The call came the day after Christmas.  “Grandpa’s aneurysm ruptured.” 
 
I was at home in Virginia, about to embark on my annual holiday tradition of playing Monopoly with my children.  My grandfather was being airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital for emergency surgery.  Silent, I put down the phone.

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

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For the past three months I’ve been working on one of the best stories of my career. It appears in Sports Illustrated today and is called “Straight Outta Compton.” It’s about a boy, his parents, and their quest to make it out of one of the most gang-infested areas in America.

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A SINGER AND A CHEF

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If I could be someone else for five minutes, I’d be Van Morrison so I could sing ‘Someone Like You’ to my wife.

I’ve been all around the world

Marching to the beat of a different drum

But just lately I have realized

The best is yet to come

Someone like you makes it all worthwhile

Someone like you keeps me satisfied

Someone exactly like you

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SEE NO EVIL

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Penn State head coach Joe Paterno.
In law school I spent a summer working as an assistant to the chief prosecutor in a child sex crimes unit. One of our cases involved a man in his 50s who raped a little girl that lived next door. Using a tripod, the guy had also filmed himself in the act. My task was to watch the video and document each element of the rape statute. It was an exercise that helped push me away from becoming a sex crimes prosecutor and toward journalism.
That was fifteen years ago. But those images remain in my memory. They came to mind this week when I read the 23-page grand jury report detailing the child rapes attributed to Penn State former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. He’s facing 40 counts of child molestation involving eight boys over a 15-year period. More victims surfaced this week.

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Jeff Benedict is the bestselling author of sixteen non-fiction books, as well as a television and film producer. His latest book, The Dynasty, is the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots under Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, each of whom cooperated for the book. Published in 2020, it was an instant New York Times bestseller. The book is being developed into a 10-part documentary series, which Jeff is executive producing. In 2018, Jeff co-wrote the #1 bestseller Tiger Woods and he was an executive producer on the HBO documentary “Tiger” that was based on the book and aired in 2021. The book is currently being developed into a scripted series, which Jeff is executive producing. Jeff is also the executive producer on a documentary based on his book Poisoned that will air on Netflix. In 2017, he co-produced “Little Pink House,” a feature film starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn that was based on Jeff’s book of the same title. And in 2016, Jeff co-wrote with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young his bestselling autobiography QB, which was the basis of an NFL Films documentary. Jeff has been a special-features writer for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times. His stories have been the basis of segments on 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, HBO Real Sports, Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, 20/20, 48 Hours, NFL Network, and NPR.

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