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The Story Behind the “New” PORTSMOUTH

Portsmouth: The Way It Was will be republished tomorrow, May 20. Why is it being brought back into print? Here’s my foreword to the book by Ellen Fulcher Cloud, which tells the true story of the “ghost village of the … Continue reading

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COFFEE WITH … JEFF KELLAM

SECOND ACTS COFFEE WITH … JEFF KELLAM Multiple jobs were nothing new. Now that he’s retired, he’s picking up the pace. BY RAY McALLISTER April-May 2017 Boomer Magazine What is Jeff Kellam’s career, exactly? Which of the … what, dozens … Continue reading

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And the WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH winners are …

By the time the Goodreads giveaway of 10 copies of the new enhanced edition of Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island ended last night, 856 had entered. Here are the 10 WINNERS: Barbie Campbell, Betty Grow, Tammy Hornbeck, Havis Mohammad, Lisa … Continue reading

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Mary Tyler Moore at The Richmond Forum

Mary Tyler Moore, who died yesterday at age 80, had a memorable appearance, both funny and poignant, 19 years ago at The Richmond Forum. Here’s the story, from The Forum Files: The Stories Behind The Richmond Forum: *     *     * … Continue reading

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And the “FORUM FILES” winners are …

Our Goodreads Giveaway of the book that goes behind the scenes with the world’s most interest people, The Forum Files: The Stories Behind The Richmond Forum, brought a large number of entrants — 512 — despite being about a Richmond-based … Continue reading

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And the “TOPSAIL ISLAND” winners are …

Our 10th anniversary giveaway of the award-winning Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea brought an unexpectedly high number of entrants: 954, according to Goodreads. Here are the 10 WINNERS selected by Goodreads: Diana Biela, Roxanne Davis, Chris Devine, Samyah Fadel, … Continue reading

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And the “OCRACOKE” winners are …

By the time the Goodreads giveaway of 10 copies of the new enhanced edition of Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks ended last night, 722 had entered. Here are the 10 WINNERS: Diana Biela, Dean Bohn, Madeline Cazz, Cheri … Continue reading

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RECENT OUTINGS: On the Trail of Joseph Cotten

PETERSBURG –Last Friday technically was the first full day of fall, but it was still hot, and still humid, when a small group of us gathered in front of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. That could have been part of … Continue reading

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Stepping Inside the Modern Library

A week ago I stepped inside the brand spankin’ new North Courthouse Road library in Chesterfield County, outside Richmond, Va. Either we were seeing the future … or everything else we still see is already the past. This was for … Continue reading

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Robert Gates Wins a Prestigous New Award, So We Revisit His Memorable Richmond Forum Appearance. [BOOK EXCERPT]

“Oh, geez. This is a family audience, right?” Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates at The Richmond Forum in January 2012. (Photograph courtesy The Richmond Forum) FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Robert M. Gates was given the first-ever Zbigniew Brzezinski Annual … Continue reading

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