Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Killing Bill O’Reilly

The time has come to kill Bill O’Reilly. The author of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Patton, Killing Reagan and Killing Jesus deserves it. A book series, yes, but how does a meme in … Continue reading

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Hemingway’s Disciple and Mr. Disaster

Morley Safer just retired after a 50-year career with CBS. Miguel Almaguer has worked for NBC for seven years. They have a surprising amount in common. Safer dropped out of college … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Captain America

Chobani yogurt founder Hamdi Ulukaya earned lots of traditional and social media applause last week for handing over 10 percent of his company’s stock to 2,000 full-time employees. Video of his emotional surprise announcement … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Memoir of Shoe Dog

Nike founder Phil Knight’s memoir titled Shoe Dog has hit the streets, so I thought it was timely to share my memories of the guy we used to call Buck. … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

More Things the World Doesn’t Need

The world has a lot of things we don’t need. Here are three more – a hamster-ball houseboat, flesh-eating death suits and touchy-feely wrestling coaches. People of the world bemoan the … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doubting Shakespeare

Mark Rylance, who won an Oscar for his nuanced portrayal of a Russian spy in Bridge of Spies, is heading a reinvigorated effort to prove someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the canon … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Texting at the Movies

Texting at movies doesn’t bother me much because we don’t go to many movies. If we did, it would bug me if someone was pecking away on their smartphone while … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment
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