Friday, April 12, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2396, April 12th, 2013

Bob Manganello. (Photo: Citizen’s Voice) 


The first time I met Bob Manganello was when I was doing Public Relations work for a Youth Agency located in the Hotel Sterling in the late 70s. By that time, the fledgling union paper, The Citizen’s Voice was one year old. I needed a photographer for an event and they sent Bob. In the course of that shoot, we found out that we had many people in common with our shared associations of people from Exeter, the Wyoming Valley and of course the Sunday Dispatch. After that, there wasn’t a day that didn’t go by that we spoke when we encountered other on the street. 
Through the years, Manganello helped guide and shape the Citizen’s Voice seeing the paper through the prism of a photographer,  a printer and a manager. In these days of specialization where media managers seem to come out of the robot factory (or worse yet, the Michael Scott, Andy Bernard Academy of Idiots) Bob brought to the Voice a perspective that served the growth of the paper well. He culminated his career in the newspaper industry by being the final publisher of the Voice before it was merged with the Times Shamrock chain. 
Through it all, whether he was lugging a Pentax or a briefcase, Manganello’s mission was always clear, try to do the best quality work you can in any given assignment. And when many people learned of his passing today with sadness, another thing resonated with people who knew Bob Manganello. He never forgot his roots, where he came from and the tools that made him as well as the Citizen’s Voice a local success story that you won’t find in a modern day Management Textbook. Our condolences to his family.  


Political mastermind James Carville came to Wilkes Barre last night as the main speaker for a benefit for The Volunteers of America. Carville who became very familiar with the Keystone State and Scranton/Wilkes Barre in 1986 by managing a successful campaign for the late Governor Robert Casey wowed the crowd with his jabs, jibes and observations on the political scene. 
Carville took the then referred to “Three time loss from Holy Cross” (in reference to Bob Casey’s three previous unsuccessful bids for Governor) general election campaign against then Lt. Governor Bill Scranton by the horns and got Casey elected Governor by 77,000 votes. Mainly because of that, Carville got a reputation as a tough manager and then masterminded Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign. Carville was on “Morning Joe” this morning and mentioned his appearance in Wilkes Barre. 
Times Leader reporter Bill O’Boyle reported Carville’s opening remark which was both telling and hilarious. “I know you all had a flood up here not too long ago and that reminds me of an old saying about my home of Louisiana, where we’ve had a pretty big flood ourselves thanks to Katrina,” Carville began in his trademark Cajun drawl. “They say half of our state is under water and the other half is under indictment. I guess you can say that about Wilkes-Barre, too.” Carville, 68 is married to Republican strategist Mary Matlin and the couple make frequent appearances on “Meet the Press” and “This Week”. Carville’s new book is “It’s the Middle Class Stupid”.
Jonathan Winters. (Photo: Ukoprepublica). 


Another comic giant has died. Jonathan Winters career spanned 6 decades and he was working right up to the end. He was a mainstay on variety shows and made famous his character Maudie Frickett. Here’s a clip from Winters’ early days with Jack Paar in 1964. This Paar clip is nearly 49 years ago to the day. He was the early day Robin Williams. Or maybe that’s where 
Williams got his inspiration.


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