Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dick Cavett has more to say in book from blogs

Dick Cavett has more to say in book from blogs

I'm not sure how I managed not to know that former Lincolnite Dick Cavett was writing a blog for the New York Times web site. Of course, I signed on to follow it today.

Cavett's latest book, Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets, has been in my audio book queue for the past month or so, and it's up next in my audio listening, right after I finish listening to Patti LuPone's autobiography (which is wonderful, by the way).

Cavett is one of those former Nebraskans who actually comes back to the state from time to time. This fall, he was honored with induction into the Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1953-54 gymnastics team. My Dad was inducted into the same Hall of Fame five years ago as a member of the 1943 state championship football team.

Cavett was also here about five years ago for a fundraiser for the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries. Following a nice banquet, Cavett hosted a Lincoln-based version of the Dick Cavett Show for those in attendance. He interviewed several Lincoln and University of Nebraska dignitaries and even showcased some animals from the Lincoln Children's Zoo. It was a fun evening.

My review of his new book, Talk Show, will be forthcoming.

Bob Kerrey pays tribute to Ted Sorensen

In other "Nebraskans in New York" news, former Governor and Senator (and fellow Northeast High School grad!) Bob Kerrey spoke at a private memorial service for speechwriter Ted Sorensen in New York this afternoon. Among his comments: "I felt guilty that his loyalty to Nebraska had caused him to endorse my poorly organized 1992 presidential campaign rather than Bill Clinton's," Kerrey said. "He did love his home state." (source: Don Walton in the Lincoln Journal-Star).

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, daughter of President Kennedy, also spoke at the memorial service for her father's gifted speechwriter.

Sorensen died in New York on October 31. I was fortunate to hear Sorensen speak at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts a couple years ago as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum lecture series. I was glad to have the opportunity to meet him after the speech. This Lincoln High grad was right in the middle of the action during the Kennedy campaign and administration.

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