Archive for Christopher Lucas

Even Presidents write fan letters

One of the biggest themes in the book “Seeing Home” is the power of writing letters.

Ed’s Mom wrote letters to famous players in an effort to help lift him from his depression after he was struck blind.

Ed did the same when he was trying to make connections to start his career.

In both cases, it worked. For the cost of a stamp, their worlds changed.

Letter writing has become a lost art. Fan letters, especially, have become rare. Most people today communicate with their favorite celebrities by posting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

That’s why it was so nice to read a recent story about a fan letter that one of Saturday Night Live’s newest cast members got in the mail. It was delivered on Presidential stationery.

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The very first major review for the book

Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story is still about seven weeks away from publication, but the reviews are already coming in.

We are proud to post the very first one, from the esteemed KIRKUS review of books, which as been giving their opinions on books for the past 82 years.

Our thanks to them for such a great review.

KIRKUS BOOK REVIEWS: SEEING HOME

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Remembering Father Ted Hesburgh – the guiding light of Notre Dame

imageWe lost a great man today, one who exemplified the spirit of putting others first, Father Theodore (Ted) Hesburgh of The University of Notre Dame.

 

Note Dame was my grandfather’s favorite college. He faithfully rooted for the Fighting Irish, listening to their games on the radio during the glory years of Knute Rockne and The Gipper that built the little school from Indiana into a powerhouse.

As a result, they’ve always held a special place in my heart, even though I didn’t attend the school myself.

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Regarding the time that Batman and Iron Man made a movie about the 1986 Mets-Red Sox World Series

imageDo you remember the movie where Michael Keaton (sometimes known as Batman) was desperately rooting for the Boston Red Sox to win the 1986 World Series, while Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man’s living embodiment) was pulling for the New York Mets?

No?

You’re not alone.

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Stan Laurel – The King of Writing Letters

LastMCann ad month, I sat down with my sons to watch the 1932 Laurel and Hardy classic “The Music Box.” My boys aren’t big fans of black and white films, so I wasn’t sure if the deliberately paced comedy style of eighty plus years ago would appeal to a twelve year old and ten year old in 2015.
Funny is funny, no matter what generation it is. My sons laughed hysterically at the film. When it was over, they asked me to play it again. The two comedians, who had both passed away years before I was born, were making 21st Century children chuckle just as much as they did when Hollywood was in its infancy.

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George Steinbrenner – SNL host extraordinaire

imageTonight, NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) is having a big 40th anniversary celebration.

The show will air in prime time and will feature the majority of cast members from the last four decades. The red carpet and audience will be filled with A-listers from all areas of show business, many of whom were once guest hosts or musical guests.

One of the best guest hosts of all time won’t be there, unfortunately, as he passed away in 2010.

Yankee owner George Steinbrenner was a complete surprise when he took the stage for the opening monologue in October 1990 (the same night that the Cincinnati Reds – led by George’s former manager, Lou Piniella, completed a surprise World Series sweep of the Oakland A’s.)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

A little Valentine’s Day humor, courtesy of “Bald” Vinny Milano, the leader of the Bleacher Creatures Yankee Roll Call:

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He Expected Nothing and Got Everything

imageA young man from upstate Amsterdam, New York showed us all what it’s like to give selflessly without expecting any return.

Despite the fact that he was homeless, unemployed and without a car, Stephen Madelon headed out the door with a shovel in the early morning hours as over a foot of snow blanketed his community recently.

It’s traditional for snow shovelers – usually neighborhood kids – to ring doorbells and to ask for a small fee in exchange for letting the homeowner stay inside and rest while their property is cleared of the heavy white stuff. Payments of $25 or more are not unheard of.

Madelon could have potentially earned hundreds of dollars for his hard work in the frigid weather.

He didn’t make a dime.

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Two “Super” Heroes of the Week

imageActors Chris Pratt and Chris Evans seemingly have everything they could possibly want.

They have both been blessed by God with talent and ability and the opportunity to rise to the height of their profession.

Evans, in his role of Captain America, and Pratt, as Star Lord, are the stars of two of the biggest movies of all time, “The Avengers” and “Guardians of The Galaxy”, both from Disney/Marvel. Both films have combined to amass world wide box office totals north of a billion dollars.

Pratt and Evans are also close friends.

Recently, the two made a very interesting wager.

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Walt Disney’s Hall of Fame life

Walt Disney is – arguably – one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. He certainly ranks high on the list of pop culture icons.

Before and after his passing in 1966, Mr. Disney was honored by several organizations with inclusion in their Hall of Fame. image

He deserves the title of Hall of Famer many times over, no doubt, but not just for his incredible body of work. Mr. Disney is in life’s Hall of Fame solely because he acts as an inspiration for anyone who’s ever been told “no” or that their dreams are impossible to reach.

At several crucial points in his life, Walt Disney encountered barriers and obstacles that would have defeated a lesser person.

Here are just a few:

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