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Book Notes
  • Book looks at 50 years of James Bond movies When I was in elementary school, James Bond was all the rage. For some reason I didn't see any of the early films with Sean Connery playing the infamous 007 British spy, but my siblings and several friends certainly did.

    February 14, 2013

  • Two thumbs up for the film 'Arbitrage" Arbitrage is a word that 99.99 percent of us probably never heard of until the movie with that title appeared. I looked it up on Wikipedia and discovered why nobody had heard of it. It refers to Wall Street financiers and has a meaning so convoluted that I couldn't figure it out.

    January 31, 2013

  • Military book provides a compelling read Norman Schwarzkopf died recently. “Stormin’ Normanâ€� was the general in charge of Operation Desert Storm, the first Iraq war that we basically won in four days once we put boots on the ground. He was a national hero not only for leading the quick defeat of Iraq, but for restoring American pride in the military after the debacle of Vietnam. It appeared that the country finally had an Army it could have confidence in again and trust to do the right thing.

    January 17, 2013

  • Local author's book debunks baseball myths When I was in elementary school we used to order books through something like the book-of-the-month club. It was a great time to purchase paperbacks that might be of interest to us.

    January 10, 2013

  • 'People Like Us' is worth watching Probably the worst place you can watch a movie is in an airplane. The picture is bad, the sound is bad and usually the movie is bad as well. Even if it's one that you want to see, the sound is garbled and you inevitably have a seat where you suffer a pinched nerve from having to crane your neck. It's the perfect trifecta and then some. How many people actually look forward to watching an in-flight movie?

    January 3, 2013

  • Novel explores college football coaching Anyone who follows college football knows the trepidations of the sport. The good comes from the pure emotional excitement involved in the game or the thrill of your school beating an arch-rival or pulling a major upset.

    December 20, 2012

  • Book examines great quarterback controversy It's been said that the least important position on a football team is the backup quarterback until the starter gets injured. Then it becomes the most important one. Backup quarterback is a great spot to occupy in the pros if you don't care if you ever play. That way you're well-paid, always popular with the fans and face little risk of injury.

    December 6, 2012

  • Marshall's memoir provides wonderful adventures Back in 1991 I was standing with two friends outside the Cooper Inn watching a helicopter flying overhead. There was a surreal feeling to the situation because we knew a potentially big-time movie was being filmed here. I joked that perhaps it was filming a panoramic view of the village and we would appear in the opening of the movie (it wasn't and we didn't).

    November 29, 2012

  • Hope Solo's autobiography does not disappoint Women's soccer has an interesting history in this country. When Brandi Chastain clinched the World Cup title for the United States in 1999 with her game-winning shot in a penalty kick shootout against China it led to an upsurge of interest in the women's game.

    November 21, 2012

  • DVD is an enjoyable tribute to Johnny Carson Anyone who came of age in the 1960s, 70s or 80s will remember Johnny Carson. To say he was the king of late-night television would be, if anything, an understatement. For 30 years he wove a fabric into the American experience that will never be repeated.

    November 8, 2012

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