She was absolutely blindsided, sucker-punched. She hunched over the telephone, turned her back on her colleagues and gazed unseeingly at the high rise across the street as Sumner Redstone, the almost 70-year-old Chairman of Viacom Inc., let loose with his tirade.
Anne Kreamer, then a 37-year-old senior VP at Nickelodeon, has just completed a huge deal with Sony. Her team was celebrating and she thought Redstone, as Chairman of the parent company, was calling to congratulate her.
She was wrong.
How long would the Norway gunman have lasted in Texas or any state where concealed-carry laws are on the books? I ran a survey while on a cruise: in Texas, 3 minutes; in Montana, 7 to 8 minutes; in Arizona, 2 minutes; and in Nevada, 3 to 5 minutes.
Had Norway not surrendered to the anti-self-defense nuts, and allowed Norwegians to protect themselves by legally carrying guns, the massacre might well have been prevented. There’s a lot of truth in the old adage that if guns are outlawed only outlaws will carry guns.
Louise McCullough, 87, of Batesville died Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Cushing, Okla., she was the daughter of Lewis Emmit Keylon and Elizabeth Duren Keylon. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and cooking. She was a member of First Baptist Church and enjoyed working around the church.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Melton of Batesville and Beverly Almond of King George, Va.; and six grandchildren, Teri Taylor, Tanya Harmon, Brent Almond, Brad Almond, Bryan Almond and Brandon Almond.
MOUNTAIN HOME — James Robert Alexander, 72, of Mountain Home, formerly of Mountain View, died Monday, July 25, 2011, in a Mountain Home hospital.
Born July 8, 1939, in Blytheville, he was the son of James Alexander and Geraldine Ellis. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two sons, Mike Alexander of Mountain View and Spencer Alexander of Mountain Home; a sister, Brenda Edmondson of Pine Bluff; and two grandchildren, Sarah Alexander and Colton Alexander, both of Mountain View.
CAVE CITY — Thomas Lee Garland, 70, of Cave City died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Batesville.
Born Oct. 12, 1940, at Zion, he was the son of Thomas Lincoln and Elsie Arnold Garland. He was a tree trimmer for West Tree Service for many years and was a member of Maxville Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Landers Garland; a son, Brian Garland of Cave City; a sister, Veda Nokes of Searcy; a half-sister, Agnes Lindsey of Batesville; a grandson, Skyler James Garland of Cave city; and several nephews and nieces.
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Tina Mazine Heisman, 83, of Michigan City, Ind., died Sunday, July 24, 2011, in Brockwell.
Born June 12, 1928, in Monette, she was the daughter of Orval Lee Morris and Flora Alice Sipes Morris. She retired from Hays Republic in Michigan City after 30 years of employment. She was an avid gardener.
Eight players with Arkansas connections have been signed by NFL teams, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Associated Press.
Former University of Arkansas offensive lineman Ray Dominquez has agreed to play for the Green Bay Packers, and defensive back Ramon Broadway, another former Razorback, has signed with the San Diego Chargers.
Foot in mouth, nose in someone else’s business, mouth overloading my … well, you get the idea.
I guess there was no escaping it since it started as a toddler and has plagued me my entire life.
While I don’t recall my earliest faux pas, my mom remembers clearly how awkward it was when her friend Mary suggested I get off her lap and play in the floor.
“Oh I can’t play in your floors. My mamma says they are dirty.”
When the past presidents attending the Arkansas Press Association convention in Hot Springs gathered for a group photo behind the Convention Center on Friday, we could see my old high school building towering over other structures. I pointed out that’s where my career started.
Ron Kemp, publisher of the Clay County Democrat of Rector, knowing I was to be honored for 50 years in journalism that night, cracked, “You’ve come a long way, haven’t you?”
Indeed, I was only a few blocks away from where I started — at then Hot Springs Junior High, next door to the high school.