The Legend behind the Legends

A problem is an opportunity in disguise. Turn a problem inside out and it’s the solution.

– Dick Guttman – Starflacker

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Everyone can have their five minutes of fame, but for those whose fame is of celebrity stature, each one has a public relations manager, or PR person behind them.

But what if you go beyond celebrity? What if you are in the rare stratosphere of iconic legend? What if you are Barbara Streisand, Kirk Douglas, Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Jane Seymore and dozens more of this exceptional stature, who then do you turn to?

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The answer is my guest this week on Between the Lines, the legendary publicist, Dick Guttman. A publicist who cares not only about his clients but their art and well being.

However, being a publicist by itself would not warrant an appearance on the show. It is Dick’s uncanny wisdom about life that makes his clients stay with him for over forty years.

Don’t fixate on your home runs or strikeouts. Learn from each.

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But Dick is more than just a publicist. He is a man of impeccable integrity and his book, Starflacker, is not just about him and certainly not a “tell-all” about his clients. His mission, and the focus of our conversation, is about the useful skills of persuasion and learning to love and embrace the tough problems we all face.

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It’s what you do with what you get that determines who you will be.

 

Have a great week and do the best you can with what you got,

Barry

EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.

TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com

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Our Fathers, Ourselves

Good or bad, weak or strong, alive or dead, close or distant, our fathers are with us.

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Sometimes the absence of something truly sends home its importance. In no situation is that more true than when it comes to fathers.

This being Father’s Day Weekend gives us all a chance to be grateful if we were blessed to have a father or father figure in our life.

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My guest this week on most of our PBS STATIONS, Juan Thompson, personifies that gratefulness to its fullest extent. For Juan grew up, with what he himself admits, is probably the most unique father-son relationship of the modern era. You see, Juan’s father was the man whom they coined the term “Gonzo” journalist after, the great but very atypical writer Hunter S. Thompson. 

It would be many years, though, until I could appreciate his gifts and his motives.

Growing up with an iconic legend, known as much for his writing as for his one-of-a-kind wild lifestyle, Juan truly was able to grasp the still important role a father plays in his child’s life.

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What do fathers want most from their sons? Do we only want them to be happy? Do we want them to be like us? Do we want to be loved? I don’t know what my father wanted from me – I know he needed my forgiveness.

What makes Juan’s story so riveting, and our conversation so revealing, is that even with a father who is unlike any you could imagine, if his love is felt, even if realized later in life, an everlasting bond is created.

I saw how Hunter loved my son, and I understood better how my father loved me.

So as we prepare to celebrate fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and sons who are fathers, let us also take a moment to think about all those who come from a home where there was no father or father figure. For it is our duty to do all in our power to help these children.

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And to all the unsung heroes – (our FATHERS) – thank you dads for always being with us!

Enjoy this special day,

Barry

 

EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.

TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com

 

INSIGHTS FROM HEMINGWAY

Everyone needs to take control of his or her own life by making sense of it.

 – Mariel Hemingway –

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Mariel Hemingway is the granddaughter of one of America’s greatest writers Ernest Hemingway. As an acclaimed actress we first met her in Woody Allen’s iconic film Manhattan. With her memoir, Out Came the Sun, she shows how compassion, education, and understanding can take us all out of the darkness and into the light.

When you search for meaning, there’s always a tension between looking to the outside world and looking within yourself.

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In our conversation, airing this week on most of our PBS stations, we get personal and delve deep into the issues of her family’s addictions, alcoholism and suicide and how she fought long and hard to find peace within herself. Her message will resonate with all.

Why was there such a drastic separation between who I imagined I was and the way that I showed up in the world?

This particular question that Mariel raises, and from so many conversations I have had with past guests, friends and family, dominates the spiraling thoughts in so many minds, mine included.

It seems that we all have a sense of who we are, yet we have this gnawing feeling within that somehow it is not the person we express outwardly. I have pondered this for a long time and the journey to discover the answer, although still a bit elusive, appears to come from a particular source. My wife believes it stems from the fact that it is hard for us to feel comfortable in our own skin.

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What is so confusing about this is that of all places one would expect to find comfort it would be within ourselves. So why does this great dichotomy exist, even in many who outwardly appear confident and content?

When faced with a dilemma like this I resort to the words of Russ Sarnoff, another offspring of a great man, the grandson of David Sarnoff who built RCA and NBC. He always said: “If there is no solution there is no problem.”

Therefore, maybe that lack of comfort in our skin is really there to drive us to continue improving our lives. If so, there really is no problem.

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Enjoy the show and may the sun come out in all your lives,

Barry

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TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com