The Supremes have been called the second-most important American music act after Elvis. Though they had a string of Number 1 hits, they were never nominated for a Grammy. And though there have been several autobiographies written by group members, up till now there has never been a thorough biography written by an outsider of the Supremes and their long struggle at Motown Records. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome noted rock historian MARK RIBOWSKY who tells the real story of the three teenagers who met in the Detroit projects, started out as The Primettes and went on to become headlining stars as The Supremes at the Copacabana. It’s a gritty story of jealousy, greed and the drive to succeed against all odds. This is also the story of one of the greatest songwriting teams America has ever known: Holland-Dozier-Holland. Tune in tonight as we relive those crazy, heady days of “Hitsville USA”. Ribowsky’s monumental book is titled: THE SUPREMES: A SAGA OF MOTOWN DREAMS, SUCCESS AND BETRAYAL.
Bruce Gaultney, publisher, and Leah Lamson, incoming executive editor of the Telegram & Gazette.
WE'LL TALK ABOUT: The death and life of America’s newspapers.
On tonight’s Inquiry, our guest is award winning writer, designer and novelist CHIP KIDD. In the 1960s, renown Japanese manga artist Jiro Kuwata turned out an amazing series of Batman comic stories, that until very recently were only known in Japan. Kidd has lovingly reproduced a set of these comics in a state of the art volume titled BAT MANGA that also includes some photographs of the distinctly Japanese merchandise that was sold at the time. Tune in and find out what the Japanese thought of this American superhero and what kind of unique villains the Japanese Batman fought. On-line, we also talk about Kidd’s latest novel THE LEARNERS, which begins, with the quote: “An idea ahead of its time, no matter what it is, is not a good idea.”
Have you ever wondered how one develops a serious interest in the natural world? Is it due to your schooling? Your parents and family? Or, perhaps, a book you happened to read? Tonight, natural historian, teacher and noted photographer JOHN GREEN speaks about his long and passionate career of observing the plants and creatures of Massachusetts (and elsewhere). John talks about his complex and extraordinary life and how he became such an incisive and discriminating observer of our natural environment. Along the way, you’ll learn about Skunk Cabbage, False Hellebore, and John’s continuing passion for photographing the ever-changing patterns of ice in streams, rivers and waterfalls. For some examples of John Green's photography, go to: http://www.johngreenphotos.com/
Hank Stolz is host of Wake Up Worcester!, a 30-minute TV show seen Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. on Charter Channel 3.
Some of you may know him from his 10 years waking up Worcester County on The WTAG Morning News or from The Hank Stolz Experience the last couple of years on AM 830 WCRN.
He says that being on the air the last dozen years in Worcester has really driven home just how special this area is. He feels he can fill hundreds of shows as the ideas just keep spilling out.
The mission of InncerCity Entrepreneurs, which is based in Boston, is to promote job creation, wealth generation and community development by helping a diverse group of urban entrepreneurs strengthen and grow their existing small business.
“Women In Wine”
move is on. Increasingly more and more women are playing an important
role in the wine industry. This truly long overdue evolution and
revolution finds more women entering and becoming acknowledged in the
wine world as winemakers, sommeliers, negotiants, writers and
merchants. From the way they purchase wine to the way they taste and
evaluate it women have made a lasting impression on this once male
dominated industry. It’s a great time to enjoy the fruit of the vine.
So please join me for this special series that highlights a number of
remarkable and talented women who want to share their wine experiences
Segment 1. Sunday January 25: Tilar Mazzeo, Author of “Widow Clicquot” and “Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma”.
Segment 2. Sunday February 1: Mary Ann Vangrin, Director of Public Relations, Clos Du Val Winery Napa Valley, California.
Segment 3. Sunday February 8: Gina Gallo, Winemaker, Gallo Wines, Sonoma County, California.
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The Bull Run has been a Tavern for centuries and their philosophy is simple: use only the freshest ingredients from area small farms and providers; treat the staff and the talent like gold; support the local events and institutions that truly create community; and bring world-class entertainment to Central Massachusetts.