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Dead Blogging ‘Paul Cézanne: Influence’ at Boston’s MFA

Well the Missus and I trundled over to The Fenway the other day to wander around the Museum of Fine Arts (reservations required) and say, it was swell just to be back there after a year of staying away. Also … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging the Nasturtiums at the Gardner Museum

Well the Missus and I trundled over to The Fenway yesterday afternoon to take in the Gardner’s annual flower show (reservations required) and say, it was swell. Cascades of flowering nasturtium vines make their brief—but dramatic—appearance above the courtyard, celebrating the … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging the Sculpture Park at DeCordova Museum

Well the Missus and I trundled out to Lincoln on a beautiful Saturday afternoon last weekend to wander among the outdoor sculptures at the DeCordova Museum (reservations required) and say, it was swell – especially since we hadn’t been in the … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (Boxed Set Edition)

For the past 13 months I’ve whiled away the coronavirus pandemic by compiling, in this space, the media work I produced over four and a half decades as a Boston ad copywriter, freelance journalist, reporter, columnist, and commentator. Upon completion … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (V)

Part 1 (1975-1988) is here. Part 2 (1988-1994) is here. Part 3 (1994-1998) is here. Part 4 (1998-2008) is here. Press release from WBUR on the Friday before Labor Day, 2008. “Beat the Press” panelist John Carroll will beat a familiar … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (IV)

Part 1 (1975-1988) is here. Part 2 (1988-1994) is here. Part 3 (1994-1998) is here. I produced about 75 pieces in my first six months as a reporter for Greater Boston – that’s about 12 pieces a month, three pieces … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (III)

Part 1 (1975-1988) is here. Part 2 (1988-1994) is here. While I was banging out my weekly columns for the Boston Globe Business section throughout 1994 and into 1995, I also tried to produce as many radio commentaries as possible … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (II)

Part 1 (1975-1988) is here. In the fall of 1988 I parlayed my Adweek columns into an audition to be an on-air commentator at WBUR, the local NPR station that was well on its way to becoming a major player … Continue reading

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I Was Dr. Ads: My 45 Years in the Boston Media Trenches (I)

If I had grandchildren (which I do not), they would likely come to me in the next several years and ask, “What did you do in the Great Pandemic of 2020, Gramps?” And I would reply, “Not much, kiddos. Gram … Continue reading

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Xavier University Students & Alums Say ‘We’re Number 330!’

The Wall Street Journal’s College Rankings came out on Friday and – no surprise, really – Harvard came up number one. The hardworking staff, however, was more concerned with how our alma mater Xavier University (class of ’71) fared in … Continue reading

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