Friday, May 18, 2007

Bits and Pieces from around the Bay Area

I was saddened to open my Chronicle this morning and see that Terry Ryan had died.

Ryan was the author of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, a moving memoir of her mother, who was married to an abusive alcoholic but who raised ten children by writing award-winning ditties for companies.

The book was a bestseller and it was turned into a wonderful movie starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. Unfortunately, the movie did not do very well at the box office. It’s a moving and well-acted tale and it definitely worth moving to the top of your Netflix queue.

The Chron’s Heidi Benson wrote a lovely tribute to Ryan, who was 61 and died at home after battling cancer.

There is a lot of journalism news today as well, most bad but with one glimmer of good:

The Chronicle Plans to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs

End of an Era at the Oakland Tribune

Stephen Buel, editor of the East Bay Express, buys paper from Village Voice Media

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