This is Bill Lucey's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Bill Lucey's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Bill Lucey
News Researcher; Writer.
Interests: Reading, blogging, listening to history lectures (Great Courses) from the Teaching Co.
Recent Activity
Image
A hearty round of applause goes to Julian Fellowes who knocked one out of the park, yet again. The second movie spinoff of Downton Abbey hit the theaters a few weeks ago and is being met with mostly favorable reviews. As of June 17, 2022, “Downton Abbey: A New Era”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, John Cazale Photo Credit: Everett Collection *** Lost in the sheer madness during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, was an epic milestone in motion picture history. The Godfather, the 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola celebrated its 50-year anniversary.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Ukrainians desperately trying to board trains at Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi Central Station. Photo Credit: Pete Kiehart/The Guardian/BuzzFeed *** Over a week into Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, turmoil and bloodshed remains, with residents of Kyiv rushing to the train station in order to escape Russia’s wrath. More than one million Ukrainians have been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
Image
That Julian Fellowes is at it again. The screenplay writer of the Academy Award winning film “Gosford Park” and creator, writer, and executive producer of the Award-Winning PBS series “Downton Abbey” recently premiered (January 24th) on HBO with his latest period piece: “The Gilded Age,” a miniseries set in New... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
Image
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off in Cleveland, Ohio for the first 2020 presidential debate. Photo Credit: Associated Press *** If you haven’t heard by now, Republicans have gotten their dander up over how presidential debates are run, railing they’re blatantly unfair, such as their chief... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the new select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. Photo Credit: CNN *** “The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people — faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
A mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump climb through a window they broke as they storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo Credit: Leah Millis/Reuters *** Remarkably, most of us made it through 2021 in one piece with our Republic still intact despite an unprecedented Capitol Hill insurrection,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Final vote tally for H.R. 3684-Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Image Credit: House Television via AP *** If there is agreement on nothing else in Washington, the one area, you would think, that we can all agree on is how bad (downright deplorable) the crumbling roads and bridges are in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
*** British statesman, writer, historian, and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-1945), Winston Churchill, once famously said, “history will be kind to me for I intend to write it." Well, history hasn’t been very kind to Winston Churchill lately, because a trend is in progress with revisionists and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Cleveland Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield, absorbs a punishing sack from Arizona Cardinals defensive end, J.J. Watt Photo Credit: Brownswire.USAToday.com *** Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is as tough and resilient as they come. There’s simply no quit in this unconquerable Texas native who’s in his fourth year as the Browns... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
President Joe Biden speaking on the situation in Afghanistan and on the response to Tropical Storm Henri on August 22, 2021. Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images *** History wasn’t going to repeat itself on Joe Biden’s watch. At least not if he had anything to do with it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in 1951. Photo Credit: Not provided. *** British author and journalist, Anne Sebba, who has written biographies on some shadowy British figures, including Jennie Churchill and Wallis Simpson, among others, traveled across the Atlantic to explore one of the most controversial characters of them all in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Larry Doby, left, with Satchel Paige, was the American League's first Black player. Photo Credit: Sporting News, via Getty Images *** "Our Team: The Epic Story Of Four Men And The World Series That Changed Baseball," by Luke Epplin is more than a book about the 1948 World Series, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
The digital age has tossed another print newspaper feature to the dustbin, much like the pica pole and the AP teletype machine. According to New York Times Opinion Page editor, Kathleen Kingsbury, the paper has retired the term, “Op-Ed” and replaced it with the label “Guest Essays.” Kingsbury considers Op-Ed,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is at it again. Monday, April 5, the creator of prize-winning documentaries on the American Civil War, Jazz Music, and Baseball, teamed with director and producer, Lynn Novick, for a new documentary on American literature icon Ernest Hemingway. It will be a six-hour documentary broadcast over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank, a gifted Jewish writer and diarist, never survived the Holocaust. *** For those who love books and reading, you might be interested to know that the New York Times Book Review section celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. About 90 % of the books on my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
House members are sworn in at the Capitol's House chamber on the first day of the 117th Congress. Photo Credit: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call *** How well do you know your 117th Congress? It’s been open for business since January 3rd; when Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was re-elected Speaker of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Now that we are well into the 21st century, have medieval social historians, like Joëlle Rollo-Koster from the University of Rhode Island, faded into the thin night air and lost their relevance? Hardly! Turns out, Rollo-Koster is more relevant than ever. With the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world (deaths having... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Photo Credit: USA Today Network *** Thankfully, 2020, is nearing its painful end. Americans were shocked to their core when they learned that Hall of Fame NBA player Kobe Bryant on Sunday, January 26, was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, while in route from John Wayne Airport... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Prince Charles and Princess Diana are played by Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin in the Netflix drama, The Crown. Photo Credit: Alex Bailey/Netflix *** Nothing but frowns from the Crown. The Crown, season 4, the gripping historical drama about England’s royal family at long last made its way back to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Portrait Of Charles Dickens is a painting by William Powell Frith *** Have you wondered how our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens, is holding up after all these years? 2020 marked the 150th year of his death. The celebrated Victorian novelist died on June 9, 1870 after suffering a brain aneurysm.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
Image
One of the downsides of becoming attached to certain players on a professional team is knowing they are operating on borrowed time. They eventually go their own way and leave for new opportunities and greener pastures. Such is the case with Cleveland Indians utility outfielder, Brandon Guyer, who was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
Image
The world is rapidly changing and evolving before our very eyes. In Major League Baseball, you can now plant a runner on second base in extra innings—so he can score quickly and easily and thus speed up the game and eliminate marathon extra inning affairs. In the halls of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Pulling down the statue of George III by the "Sons of Freedom," at the Bowling Green, City of New York, July 1776. Painted by Johannes A. Oertel *** Statues or memorials, mostly of historical figures, which once dotted the brilliant landscapes of many U.S. cities, including the nation’s capital, have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
Image
Does Bach still rock? Put another way: Are Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert, still the greatest classical music composers of all time or have they been knocked off their raised podium by some 20th or 21st century upstart? In practically any other professional field of endeavor: professional sports, rock... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at DailyNewsGems