Foresights and Hindsights from Harry

March 23, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Young Harry’s Greenbelt Editorials

In this glimpse of Harry’s life, he was volunteer editor of his city newspaper, for 10-12 years in the 1950s and ’60s. Named the Cooperator in 1937, Greenbelt, MD, residents changed its name to the News Review in 1954. After reading several editions he had saved in old boxes, I skimmed the online archives and […]

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March 17, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Taste for Writing Mystery

After Harry died in 2014, I inherited the boxes he’d long-ago packed with bulky, brown accordion folders containing his typewritten novels – or parts of them. I remember reading only one manuscript he was trying to publish in the 1970s. You can read the synopsis to one I’d never seen, last week on this blog. […]

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March 9, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry Wrote Novels, Too

Last year on this blog, I posted a slew of unpublished short stories Harry wrote during his life. Most I discovered in his boxed paper files, a few on his computer. He also left behind hard-copy versions of never-published fictional novels; or in some cases, partial versions. Several he may have drafted in the 1950s, […]

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March 2, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Telling Story of His Pal Al

I remember my parents’ dear friends Al and Elaine Skolnik, in our hometown Greenbelt, MD, always smiling and friendly. My dad and the Skolniks were tireless volunteers for the city newspaper, the News Review. Al died suddenly in 1977. Recently I found Harry’s typewritten tribute and read it for the first time. I saw that […]

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February 22, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

A Tearjerker and Dream Songs to Remember

Did you see the movie “An Affair to Remember”? Note to young people: Watch it. I saw the Cary Grant version many times in my youth. Harry discussed the movie’s music in the first of two articles below. He wrote the articles for his community newsletter in Leisure World, Silver Spring, MD, when he was […]

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February 16, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Opinions on Change, Criticism and Clarity

After a 36-year career in the federal government, Harry walked away in 1986 as an expert in his field, the media. But he never stopped writing about the media. I uncovered these 1991 essays in a collection on his computer. They may interest media folks and government communicators, as well as entertain his friends and […]

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February 9, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Our English Language Obscurities

Along with several previous essays on this blog, Harry Zubkoff saved the ones on this page in a computer file he titled “BOOK 1”. He likely collected the pieces from his speeches or articles over the years, or simply jotted stories that might fit into a book he thought about writing in the 1980s or […]

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February 2, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

A Lesson in Listening to the News

Harry Zubkoff wrote the essay on this page in 1988 and later filed it in a folder titled “BOOK 1” with others recently posted on this blog. He may have written it solely for a book he thought about writing, or for another reason, such as a magazine article or a speech to a local […]

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January 24, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Freedom of the Press – and Your Private Thoughts

Recent hype about “fake news” and irrational efforts to block (and mock) the press make this essay as relevant as ever. Harry wrote it in 1991 and eventually filed it on his computer in a folder he titled “BOOK 1”. I believe he collected essays from his speeches and articles for a potential book on […]

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January 18, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Scoop on Newspapers, Commentators

Here’s “Chapter 2” from a folder of drafts Harry filed on his computer in the 1980s and ’90s. At the time, he’d thought about writing a book on the media. We can only imagine things he would have had to say about the media today.   Chapter 2 Here’s a question I’m often asked, sometimes […]

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