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David Cohen and an 80-year quest for “Lessons from Lives”

At David Cohen’s Nov. 8th talk at the Tenley-Friendship Library.
(photo by Jonathan Lawlor)
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by people’s life stories. My family teases me that I know the background of everyone I meet. I can’t resist asking, and listening,” Cohen told Forest Hills Connection.

Then, about a quarter-century ago, Cohen discovered the Harvard Study of Adult Development, research that began in 1938.

“With my lifelong interest in how people shape their lives, and have their lives shaped by the circumstances they face, I found a study that followed its participants from age 19 through the rest of their lives irresistible,” he said.

The working title of Cohen’s book is A Life You Want. It pulls together longitudinal research and other scientific studies to bring its readers a better chance at satisfying lives. The multi-faceted Cohen also has a writing background, going back to his childhood as a voracious reader.

“Writing was a natural consequence of endless reading,” Cohen said, “and my father and older brother were demanding and superb editors. I still remember how excited I was at age 12 to have The Washington Post publish my letter to the editor. I went on to write book reviews for The Post and The Washington Star (in the days Jonathan Yardley edited its book section), a column and articles for Harvard Magazine, a newsletter in one job, talking points, speeches, and Congressional testimony in another.”

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Walt Wurfel - Reporter, Press Secretary, Editor, General Manager, November 29, 2018

Walt Wurfel, whose career spanned the worlds of radio, print and politics in colorful ways, died last Thursday at The Kensington, a Falls Church, VA assisted living facility, where he had been living for the last year and a half. He was 81. In radio circles,

Wurfel is perhaps best known for his decade of service to the National Association of Broadcasters, where he was senior VP of Communications from 1986-1997. That put him at the center of industry lobbying efforts that contributed to passage of the landmark Telecom Act of 1996. Before joining the trade group, Wurfel was already well known on Capitol Hill, having served as White House deputy press secretary under Jody Powell during the Carter administration and as press secretary to Hubert Humphrey’s presidential primary campaign in 1972.

Wurfel’s media career ranged from show leather reporting to corporate positions in the C-suite. He was operations director of radio stations in Middletown and Utica, NY at Straus Broadcasting Group and assistant news director WTSJ-TV San Juan, Puerto Rico. A graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia University School of Journalism, Wurfel worked as a reporter for the Washington Evening Star and as foreign editor and then political editor at the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times. His newspaper career took him to the VP of Corporate Communications position at Gannett Co.

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Richard Wilson Lee - December 25, 1934 - November 10, 2018

Dick Lee, who passed away Nov. 10 in Brookings, was former head of the journalism department at SDSU. He arrived there in 1978, when I was managing editor of this newspaper. Getting to know him was my good fortune because he was one of the best journalists, and men, that I ever knew.

  He knew his craft and he knew people. His avuncular manner allowed him to form relationships with those from all walks, including some who distrusted the media.

He was well educated, with a doctorate degree in mass communications. He came from a newspaper family. He had practical experience to bolster his academic credentials, working on weekly and daily newspapers, including the Washington Star.

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Orva Walker Heissenbuttel, "Antiques and Americana" columnist, 91

Orva Walker Heissenbuttel, 91, Gallia County native, passed away at her home in Montross, Virginia on October 31, 2018. Born October 27, 1927 near Cora, Perry Township , she was the eldest daughter of Zelma Phillips and Jackson Tandy Walker.

 During her decades in the Washington area she taught hundreds of students and eventually reached many more with her "Antiques and Americana" column for the Washington Star newspaper. She had a knack for bringing people with shared interests together, forming the American Antique Arts Association (18 chapters) and other groups devoted to Heisey, Duncan, and Imperial glassware.

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"The Seas Are Dolphins’ Tears" And More From Poet Djelloul Marbrook

Djelloul Marbrook is the author of ten poetry books and ten fiction books. He has won the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize, the International Book Award in poetry, and the Literal Latté fiction award for "Artist's Hill."

His poetry and fiction has been widely published in journals and anthologies. He lives in the mid-Hudson Valley and had a long newspaper career including stints at the Providence (RI) Journal, the Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Star.

His new poetry volume – “The Seas Are Dolphins’ Tears” is just out - as is his trilogy of novels.

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Exhibit Honors Cartoonist Who Championed D.C. Voting Rights (And Invented The Teddy Bear)

Clifford Berryman / D.C. Council
A walk through the halls of the John A. Wilson Building, the seat of D.C. government, normally wouldn’t inspire laughter — until now.

Seven political cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Clifford Berryman are now on display on the building’s fifth floor. The drawings all have a common theme: D.C.’s lack of representation in Congress. They’re located across the hall from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s office.

Even those who haven’t heard Berryman’s name before are probably familiar with his work.

His 1902 drawing of President Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a bear cub led to the creation of the teddy bear toy. He’s also responsible for the phrase “Remember the Maine!” a Spanish-American War rallying cry that’s still still taught in history classes today. The line accompanied a political cartoon he published in the Washington Post in 1898.

Berryman worked in the District for the entirety of his six-decade career as a political cartoonist. He drew for the Post from 1891 to 1907, then moved over to the Washington Star. He worked there until his death in 1949.

Berryman took on D.C.’s lack of voting rights dozens of times in his daily cartoons, particularly during his time at the Star.

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