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pschindler
I am a retired 8th grade US History teacher and journalist; married, two daughters, MIT grad
Interests: Collecting journalism movies, journalism books, journalism quotes, Firesign Theatre, Duck's Breath Mystery Theater, Ian Shoales, American narrative humor, Keilor, Benchley, Groucho Marx, S.J. Perleman
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Greatest birthday ever. Two days after my 70th birthday I sang love songs to my wife for a half hour. I enjoyed it, she enjoyed it, and so did my daughters and their husbands. I found a talented accompanist, Nathan... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
“Don’t bleed on the copy” started out as literal advice when I was in college. We printed out stories on an IBM MT/ST typesetting system, then glued it to boards which were turned into plates for offset printing. We used... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
The column to the right on this blog contains permanent content, most of which has appeared at one time or another in the main body. I’ve decided to include a reminder. My all-time favorite movie: Groundhog Day. I have created... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
This is the third in what is apparently becoming a series. I have previously complained about the lack of information on the open internet about the night Cronkite stood up, and Patty/Kathy from the Patty Duke Show being quaternary cousins.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
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I believe this picture is worth a thousand words. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
From Tom Rush in his weekly newsletter, some funny ones: He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." - Oscar Wilde "He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
You want the facts? Go to the Internet Movie Database. I like Michael Douglas, and I was really looking forward to this film. Alas, the New Yorker was right when its critic wrote, "a companionable but distinctly minor affair. Nothing... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
You want the facts? Go to the Internet Movie Database. Both Rae and I were surprised that Elton John and Tim Rice could write such flat music. Tagline: They came for the gold... they stayed for the adventure. Plot Outline:... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
By Mari Schindler Speaking of pubs, we have some of the most exciting brewery pubs in the country. The one I mentioned in the movie section is a remodeled elementary school in our neighborhood, the first one story urban school... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
By Mari Schindler There is an old worn-out saying among the old stale generation that "they don't make them like they used to." and when it comes to movies, I have to agree that this is true. Where are the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
After reading that I would be skipping two columns, my mother volunteered to write one to fill in for me. And for you Larry King fans, next week, he'll be sitting in for me with a letter from Europe. Here's... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
You want the facts? Go to the Internet Movie Database. Mike Nichols and Garry Shandling. The funniest director ever and the head man from The Garry Shandling Show and The Larry Sanders Show, two of the funniest programs ever seen... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Well, as you might expect from a guy who saw 47 movies last year, Sunday was the biggest night of the year for me. I love the Oscars. Any of you ever have a ticket to the ceremony to give... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
How do you put a giraffe in a refrigerator? Open the refrigerator and put him in. How you put an elephant in the refrigerator? First take the giraffe out, then put the elephant in. When the lion calls a meeting... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Maybe you're not a baseball fan, or don't live in the San Francisco Bay Area. So you may not be aware of the fact that a new, privately financed baseball park, Pac Bell Park, has risen on a former pier... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Life after Death Testimony of Light: An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death by Helen Greaves is a touching work about life after death. The author says her dead friend “dictated” the book to her. It is well-thought-out, and matches... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2022 at P.S. A Column On Things
The column to the right on this blog contains permanent content, most of which has appeared at one time or another in the main body. I’ve decided to include a reminder. Stories of a Young Journalist. These are stories from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2022 at P.S. A Column On Things
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To paraphrase Buddha: Pain is inevitable. Suffering is not. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2022 at P.S. A Column On Things
Long-time readers will recall that, prior to his retirement from column-writing in 2012, I frequently praised Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle as America’s greatest personal column writer. My favorites were his (roughly) monthly cat columns. As I could... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2022 at P.S. A Column On Things