‘This will be my statement’: Watching the wheels in New York

With his pudgy hands shackled in front of him, Mark David Chapman sat at his defense attorney’s table, facing the judge who would decide his fate. Inside the crowded federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan, the man who murdered John Lennon rarely looked up from his...
Out of Office: ‘The West Wing’ says goodbye

Out of Office: ‘The West Wing’ says goodbye

@2006 Scripps Newspapers Talk about life imitating art imitating life. On Sunday’s episode of The West Wing, President Josiah Bartlet leaves office after two successful terms, turning over the keys to the Oval Office to the new guy, President–elect Matt Santos. It’s...
The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ at 50: Polishing a diamond

The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ at 50: Polishing a diamond

One example of the durability of Abbey Road, the final Beatles album, is that the remix in its new, 50th anniversary edition barely registers. Abbey Road was so carefully crafted back in the summer of ’69, so well-produced, that there was hardly any tweaking to be...
Levels of hell: Chuck Sereika and 9/11

Levels of hell: Chuck Sereika and 9/11

@2006 Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers VERO BEACH, Fla. — It wasn’t bravery that compelled Chuck Sereika to walk into the smoldering ruin of the World Trade Center the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. It was fear. His sister Joy had a left a message on his answering...
‘I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews’ out now

‘I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews’ out now

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – St. Petersburg Press has published I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews, an anthology by longtime Florida journalist and author Bill DeYoung. I Need to Know includes 23 revealing conversations with seminal music artists including Tom Petty...
Rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest photobomb

Rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest photobomb

@2004 Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers You want to talk about being in the right place at the right time? Paul Cole, a retired salesman on Florida’s Treasure Coast, is in one of the most beloved, most reproduced and most iconic photographs of the past 35 years....