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Ray Brown and Steve Jobs


Remember Ray Brown? He’s the 86-year-old bookkeeper that I wrote about back in July after he was diagnosed with cancer and ended up in a nursing home. Ray’s story generated more reader mail than any blog post I’ve written.

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I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT

 

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Over the summer I encountered a woman so stunning that I couldn’t look away. It happened at the Majestic Theater on Broadway. I was there with my wife watching Phantom of the Opera on a hot, sticky June night. At intermission Lydia headed for the ladies room. I went the opposite direction in search of a cold beverage and some pretzels, my mind preoccupied by the scene of the deformed genius Erik kidnapping Christine Daae in hopes that she’d fall in love with him.

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A WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Painting by: Ed Vebell
I like looking at the world through other people’s eyes. To a certain extent, that’s my job. But I’m also hopelessly curious. I just want to see.
Lately my curiosity has been on steroids, thanks to an artist I’ve gotten to know. Artists by nature tend to see things that most of us miss. But the artist I’m about to introduce you to has a way of turning paint brushes and pencils into instruments of light.
I met him the way I meet so many strangers – by following my nose. One afternoon I found myself in Westport, CT, once home to some of the greatest American illustrators of the past century. My son Tennyson was with me and he has an interest in art. So we ducked into the public library to check out an exhibit featuring local illustrators. I was surprised to find a painting of Brigham Young leading the Mormon pioneers across the Plains.

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A JUSTICE AND A GENTLEMAN

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Justice Richard Palmer
Sometimes I find myself in some pretty unusual situations. All right, make that most of the time.
Take last month, for example. In the midst of a vacation with my kids at a beach in Connecticut, we experienced an earthquake and a hurricane in a five-day span. Something more pleasant happened in between the quake and the storm.

One morning we left the beach and headed up to Hartford for a private visit with one of the justices on the Connecticut Supreme Court – Judge Richard Palmer. He had agreed to give my children a private tour of the court and spend some time teaching them what goes on there.

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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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