Foresights and Hindsights from Harry

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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January 12, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Unweathered Essays On the Media

In 1987, Harry drafted the following essay about the media, one of many he eventually filed in a computer folder titled “BOOK 1”. Yes, he had considered the idea of writing a book on the media after he retired from government. The essays could serve as a history lesson for youngsters in the field and […]

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January 2, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Letters Offer Words of Wisdom on Publishing

Harry’s work protégés and editor friends will appreciate these two letters he wrote in the 1990s. Although his references to publishing costs may not apply today, his reasoning does. We learn more about his experiences in the newsletter industry and with the book he co-authored in ’94. And, once again, we see his spirit of […]

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December 20, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry Weighs in on Scandals, in Letter to Old Friend

Did you ever go through items left behind by a loved one and then realize there was much more to him or her than you ever would have imagined? That’s sort of how it’s gone since I lost my father, Harry Zubkoff, in 2014. We (Harry’s family and friends and readers of this blog) continue […]

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December 12, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Personal Update to Friends Everywhere

When my dad was about to turn 70, he wrote the following letter to a number of his friends. He gave typical updates on his life, probably of little interest to people who didn’t know him; however, it will fill in gaps for those who did. If you like Harry’s writing style, it’ll entertain you. […]

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