Some of my old articles

Some of my old articlesLinks to some of my old articles are listed below. Pictured is the corporate “attaboy” I got in 2008 for 20 years’ service. The clock never worked. I guess it was an omen: time’s up.

I churned out a lot of stories at Reuters. It’s a factory where versatility is paramount. You had to be able to cover a celebrity and a forest fire and a business story and a political development in the same day. Accuracy and speed (not necessarily in that order) took priority over style. The writing, indeed, was generally workmanlike, sometimes even dull. But never in my case! It was fun while it lasted.


Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with former NY mayor
Patti Smith rescued from penury by song royalties
Rocker Steve Miller hated the Grateful Dead
Billionaire scion Pritzker pays homage to ’60s hippie
John Mellencamp likens Internet to A-bomb
Depeche Mode singer honored at L.A. sobriety event
Stars remake We are the World for Haiti victims
Famous but poor: Sheryl Crow revisits first album
David Bowie’s new makeover: rock ‘n’ roll recluse
Jerry Lee Lewis lost for words as he turns 75
Oscar snubs: Inception, Duvall, Kunis
Swiss architect Zumthor wins coveted Pritzker

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Foo Fighters mark 15 years with hits set, VH1 special
Fans celebrate Barry White in L.A.
Hollywood hails U2’s Bono for philanthropy
Songwriter “Dirty Dancing” all the way to the bank
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dumped at the altar
Led Zeppelin drummer’s son plays to similar beat
“New” Michael Jackson single a “mistake”
Fans overlook Michael Jackson’s dark side
Michael Jackson book a headache for Jackie O.

Death, drugs tarnish Motown’s legacy
Baghdad-Born Zaha Hadid Wins Top Architecture Prize
Phil Collins hates ivory tower image
Bob Dylan fans get tangled up in academic views
Joe Jackson in spotlight despite son Michael’s “strong hate”
Drunken GQ scribe swept off feet by “Captain America” Chris Evans
Paris Hilton butt of jokes at MTV awards
Grammys grouch Neil Young finally wins an award
Tom Petty relaunches “Torpedoes” in documentary
“30 Rock” crushed at Emmys

“Benjamin Button,” Mickey Rourke snubbed by Oscar
Oscar clips “Butterfly” wings
“Into the Wild” out in the cold at the Oscars
True Grit, Golden Globes lead Oscar losers
James Cameron, Golden Globes lead Oscar losers
Grammys change rules following Lady Gaga snub
Oscar snubs: Inception, Duvall, Kunis
Motown hitmaker Norman Whitfield dies in L.A.
Music biz honors Philly soul pioneers Gamble & Huff

Chuck Berry, Little Richard & Bo Diddley honored
Feuding stars Eminem, Mariah Carey obsessed with each other
Ann, Nancy Wilson in harmony on next album
‘S Wonderful? Brian Wilson tackles Gershwins’ catalog
Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo worked on memoir before death
Hollywood Hellraiser Dennis Hopper dead at 74
Miley Cyrus’ CD sales as she ditches her wholesome image
Kylie Minogue album a flop in the U.S.

Pink Floyd in race against time to reissue albums
Paul McCartney honors George Harrison in Hollywood
Ringo gets his star at low-wattage Hollywood ceremony
Justin Bieber: No Grammys, no worries
Britney Spears earns scorn for MTV performance
Gospel music documentary a spiritual awakening
“Last Mogul” lifts lid on terrifying studio boss
Former Beatles, Stones manager Allen Klein dies

New suspect emerges in possible Brian Jones murder
The Cure runs out
Soul icon Isaac Hayes dies in Memphies aged 65
Comedian and actor Bernie Mac dies at 50
Barry White a love maestro with a serious edge
Metallica album sales a “bummer” – Hetfield
Reunited rockers Blink-182 back after crash
Jeff Beck revisits rock’s glory days
Hard rockers AC/DC finally win a Grammy
Glen Campbell has rock religion on his mind
Jane’s Addiction looking to future with new album
Sam Cooke’s label developing movie on soul star

Merle Haggard beats cancer, but craves pot
KISS unveils Hottest Show on Earth tour
Sex Pistols reunite for sweaty L.A. club show
Punk icon Iggy Pop turns 60, dives off stage
Soundgarden reunion tour relives band’s ’90s glory
Interview with Barry Manilow
Stones leave fans hanging after marathon world tour

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