Rochester: A Tale of Two Cities

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My jaw dropped a bit earlier this week when I read an article in the Democrat and Chronicle titled “Cuomo: Rochester hasn’t looked this good in decades.”  The governor made the comment during a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board.  He was in town to announce 500 high-tech jobs coming to the area thanks to a new SUNY nanotechnology initiative. Continue reading Rochester: A Tale of Two Cities

A new era for ABC News

I grew up watching the news every night with my parents.  Before the arrival of HDTV rendered my mom’s old TV radio obsolete, we would listen to the local news as we sat at the dinner table.  When we were done we moved to the family room to watch World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.  I was that nightly ritual, plus a natural curiosity for current events, that got me into the news business in the first place.  Continue reading A new era for ABC News

The summer of the “supermoon”

There’s something really neat about looking up in the sky and seeing vast, empty space that is illuminated by the moon and stars light years away.  It makes you think about how small our planet really is in the grand scheme of the things.  Personally, it also makes me think about the small joys in my own life: nighttime fires while camping as a kid, or summer walks at night – here, or in the woods of my family’s summer home in New Hampshire. Continue reading The summer of the “supermoon”

Remembering Tom & Sandy: high school sweethearts together again

Thank God my mother reads the obituaries.  It’s something I really need to get into the habit of doing.  It was in the paper a few weeks ago that we learned our neighbor had passed away.  We hadn’t seen him in more than a year; he had been in a nursing home after suffering a fall.  During a walk around the block this weekend I saw his sister sitting on his front steps.  I walked up to express my condolences.  She told me it was pneumonia that got him in the end. It was quick, she said. Continue reading Remembering Tom & Sandy: high school sweethearts together again

Something to sleep on

This weekend I finally went for a sleep test.  If it had been up to me I probably would have brushed it off, but my cardiologist has been on my case for the past year and a half – ever since I was diagnosed with A-fib.  You might recognize that term from the recent onslaught of commercials informing you that “A-fib is a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem” and that people with A-fib are five times more likely to suffer a stroke. Continue reading Something to sleep on

The personal blog of a Rochester, NY television news producer