Bostonian of the Year: The Survivor

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By NEIL SWIDEY December 21, 2008 This article was first published on Sunday, December 21, 2008. As the night winds down and the TV cameras and most of the A-list athletes and C-list celebrities have left, Paul Pierce makes his way out of the VIP room, its crimson walls covered with flat screens playing an endless loop of his late-night talk-show appearances. The hip-hop on this November night is still thumping at Kings, in the Back Bay, which is either supposed to be a bowling alley dressed up as a nightclub or a nightclub dressed up as a bowling alley. But for the first time during his charity bowl, Pierce has managed to break free from the coterie of female handlers and event planners who've been covering him better than Kobe or LeBron ever did, all the while furiously thumbing on their BlackBerries with the urgency of National Security Council staffers arranging a crisis briefing.Wearing a black, military-style commando shirt that accentuates his career-best physique, Pierce is heading back to the lanes when he spots a tall white-haired gentleman carrying a bowling bag the same shade of tan as his slacks and walking alone toward the exit. Pierce pivots and heads over to the ruddy-faced man.Wrapping his arm around him, Pierce smiles and says in his raspy voice, "Thank you so much for coming, Mr. Havlicek." Advertisement John Havlicek's eyes light up behind his boxy glasses. He sets down his bowling bag and returns the hug. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here It's a small moment. But it's more telling than the hug they had shared a few weeks earlier. On October 28, over the cheers of a packed Garden crowd, Havlicek handed over the NBA championship trophy to Pierce before the Boston Celtics' 17th world-title banner was raised to the Continue Reading

Slideshow: Famous Hoosiers throughout the years

Alex Karras Alex Karras became the best known member of a football-playing family, with a career as a dominant defensive lineman in the National Football League, followed by an acting career that included notable roles in "Blazing Saddles" and "Webster."Karras was born in Gary on July 15, 1935. His father was a Greek immigrant and doctor; his mother a nurse. Karras' brothers Lou, Ted and Paul all played football, Lou and Ted in the NFL.Karras graduated from Emerson High School and attended the University of Iowa, where he earned the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. He was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 1958 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.Karras played for the Lions from 1958-62 and 64-70. He was suspended for the 1963 season after admitting to gambling on NFL games. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the 1960s All-Decade NFL team.His wider fame had its start in the major role he played in George Plimpton's book "Paper Lion," chronicling the writer's experience as an amateur quarterback for the Lions. When the book was adapted as a movie, Karras played himself opposite Alan Alda's Plimpton.Karras appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, including "Blazing Saddles" as the outlaw Mongo, who memorably knocked out a horse with a single punch; "Porky's"; the TV miniseries "Centennial," and his starring role in the sitcom "Webster," which he produced with his co-star and wife, Susan Clark.Karras also worked as a commentator on Monday Night Football broadcasts from 1974-76, alongside Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.Karras had six children with his two wives. He died at age 77 on Oct. 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, suffering from kidney failure, cancer and dementia. Becca Bruszewski Whether it was basketball or volleyball, Becca Bruszewski found a way to stand out.The 6-foot-1 Wheeler graduate was The Times Player of the Year and an Indiana All-Star in 2007, finishing second runner-up for Miss Basketball. In Continue Reading

Another Donald Trump affair claim emerges — this time with former Playboy Playmate of the Year

NEW YORK — President Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife’s bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the woman’s eight-page, handwritten account of the relationship obtained by The New Yorker magazine. The woman, Karen McDougal, confirmed in the story published online yesterday that she wrote the account but said she was constrained in what else she could say publicly about Trump because she’d signed a confidentiality agreement. The affair ended in part after McDougal started feeling guilty about it and after Trump made an offensive comment about her mother’s age as well as a vulgar remark about the anatomy of black men, the magazine reported. The story said McDougal was paid $150,000 during the 2016 presidential campaign for the rights to her story by the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer, which never ran it. Just before Election Day, The Wall Street Journal reported that the tabloid, whose publisher, David Pecker, is a longtime friend of Trump’s, had paid for McDougal’s story but wasn’t printing it, a tabloid industry practice known as “catch and kill.” Former staffers at American Media Inc., the company that publishes the Enquirer and other gossip sites, have told The Associated Press the company often bought the rights to unflattering stories about certain celebrities. The practice, described by six former employees who had participated in such deals, could give Pecker leverage over celebrities so that he could elicit future favors, such as appearing on his magazines’ covers. The former staffers spoke on condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements barring them from disclosing company practices. The company has approached McDougal about extending her contract barring her from talking about Trump in recent Continue Reading

How Terry Crews went from sweeping floors after quitting the NFL to becoming a transcendent pitchman and huge TV star

Jason Guerrasio, provided by Published 12:11 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018 Business Insider Getty Images Terry Crews has built a career by doing everything from action movies ("The Expendables") and comedy series ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), to being a game-show host ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") and pitchman (Old Spice). But at one point, after playing in the NFL, he was broke and had a job sweeping floors at a factory. Now, he's one of the most recognizable faces on the planet — and even has a furniture line. He was 11 years old when a woman at his church, impressed by his drawing ability, offered to have him create a sign for her storefront. She would give him $25 for the work, which for a kid from a blue-collar family in Flint, Michigan was quite a pay day. He was told to complete the sign within a week. “I thought, ‘This is going to be easy!’” Crews recalled to Business Insider in a recent interview. “So I spent the week watching cartoons, hanging out, playing around, and the day before it was due I started. But the paint wasn’t sticking to the canvas, everything was going wrong, it was awful. The woman showed up at the house and looked at it and was like, ‘I’ve never been more disappointed.’ I was crushed. I didn’t put any effort into it. I vowed to work hard after that. I never wanted anyone to have that disappointment in me again.” LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing These Are The World’s Most Admired Companies Veuer Tax breaks for small business Fox5 Top 5 Best-Selling Tech Products of 2017 Wibbitz These Are The World’s Most Admired Companies Buzz 60 DC Russian restaurant says business has gone up despite Mueller investigation, tense relations Fox5DC FOX Business Beat: Most Americans don't have cash to cover emergency, study finds Fox5DC Bitcoin Is Likely to 'Totally Collapse and Be Forgotten,' Nobel Prize-Winning Continue Reading

From Hitler to ‘You’: Time Magazine’s 10 most controversial People of the Year

The Person of the Year doesn't have to be well-liked. Every year, Time magazine picks the person — or sometimes the people or the thing — that shaped the world the most, and names them its Person of the Year. But the award isn't just about positive social impact: evildoers, scandalous figures and ideas at the center or raging debates have all been granted the year's top honor. Here are the top 10 most controversial people and things named Person of the Year. WALLIS SIMPSON Simpson, an American socialite, claimed the title in 1936 when the honor was still called Man of the Year. That year, her relationship with the UK's King Edward VIII led him to give up his crown: he wanted to marry Wallis, but the public considered a twice divorcée unfit for British royalty. Ultimately, the king gave up his power to be with Wallis. She remains a highly debated figure in British history and culture. ADOLF HITLER & JOSEPH STALIN Time has a thing for dictators. Hitler was named Man of the Year in 1938, on the eve of World War II. Stalin claimed the title twice: 1939 and 1942. Hitler was the dictator of Nazi Germany when he won. In November 1938, Nazi's destroyed Jewish-owned buildings on Kristallnacht and sent at least 30,000 Jewish Germans to concentration camps, foreshadowing the horrors of the Holocaust to come. Stalin dictated the Soviet Union on the opposite side of the war. Under his rule, Soviet soldiers executed Polish prisoners of war, reportedly raped women in occupied towns and set up their own concentration camps. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. King claimed the title in 1963, the year of his “I Have a Dream” speech. Naming the civil rights leader the most influential person of the year was a bold move in a time when racial tensions ruled America. The year saw the March on Washington, the integration of the University of Alabama and a flood of debate about civil rights in America. King Continue Reading

Time’s Person of the Year is ‘The  Protester,’ beating out Kate Middleton, Steve Jobs

It's official: 2011 was the year of “The Protester.” Time Magazine announced Wednesday that its famed Person of the Year is "The Protester." From the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, to rallies in Spain, Greece and Russia, demonstrators took to the streets en masse around the globe this year calling for Democracy and social change. The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that spread to Europe and the U.S., insisting there was consensus that these protesters have helped reshaped global politics. “These are the men and women around the world, particularly in the Middle East who toppled governments, who brought democracy and dignity," Time managing editor Rick Stengel told NBC's "Today," where he announced the decision. "These are folks who are changing history." "The Protester" beat out several other contenders, including William McCraven, the four-star Navy admiral who headed the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan were also among the runners-up. Last year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg received the top honor. For 84 years, the magazine has picked the person — or sometimes group or object — that editors believe had the greatest impact during the past year, whether good or bad. Past Persons of the Year include Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1943), You (2006), Vladimir Putin (2007) and Barack Obama (2008). Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Meghan McCain and Wyclef Jean among panel for Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’

It wasn't quite the "Panel of the Year." Time magazine's "Person of the Year" has never been immune to weird choices: Recall the mirrored cover that honored "You" as the 2006 selection. Still, we were perplexed to see that the luminaries the magazine wrangled to discuss candidates for the 2010 issue on Wednesday included Meghan McCain and Wyclef Jean - two boldface names not exactly known for their gravitas. The discussion was held on the eighth floor of the Time-Life Building, where McCain and Jean sat alongside political strategist Joe Trippi, Google queen Marissa Mayer and American Society for Muslim Advancement executive director Daisy Khan. Would-be First Daughter McCain got a less than impressive introduction from Time managing editor Richard Stengel, who called her book "fantastic" but seemed not to remember its name. "Sexy, Dirty ..." he sputtered, before asking McCain to confirm that it was titled "Dirty Sexy Politics." "If anyone can make the GOP sexy but not dirty, it's Meghan McCain!" he added with an awkward laugh.   Stengel also raised a few eyebrows when he introduced Jean as the "Haitian Mandela." The former Fugee took the opportunity to lament his foiled bid to be president of Haiti. "I was bamboozled, man!" he said of the brief campaign. Still, we give him points for his apparent rush to reach the panel: He didn't have time to take the price tags off the soles of his shoes. McCain, who wore 4-inch heels, was in as much of a rush to leave. As she hustled off to a black Suburban with her entourage, a publicist informed us that the busy Daily Beast blogger "absolutely" didn't have time for a short interview. "What, are you going to be mean to me?" McCain asked us. Meghan, how harshly you judge us! Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Inside the career of Time magazine’s Person of the Year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who helped steer the U.S. economy through its darkest days since the Great Depression, was named Time magazine's 2009 Person of the Year on Wednesday.Here are some facts about Bernanke.* Bernanke, 56, was named by Republican President George W. Bush to succeed Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve -- the U.S. central bank -- in 2006. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, renominated him in August.* Bernanke, whose reconfirmation is due to be put to a vote by a Senate panel on Thursday, has been credited with taking extraordinary measures to prevent the U.S. credit crisis from turning into an economic depression but he concedes that the Fed, among others, failed to spot the crisis before it struck.* Bernanke has taken unusual high-profile steps for a Fed chief, appearing this year on a popular U.S. newsmagazine program, CBS's "60 Minutes", and at a town-hall meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.* Before his appointment as chairman of the Federal Reserve on February 1, 2006, he was chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006.* Bernanke had been a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey from 1985 to 2002. He taught also at Stanford University, New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an expert on the Great Depression and monetary policy.* Bernanke was born December 13, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. He received a B.A. in economics in 1975 from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.* Bernanke has said the Fed has the tools necessary to unwind the extraordinary stimulus applied to fight the financial crisis without sparking unwanted inflation.* Financial markets have given Bernanke high marks on the job but lawmakers in Congress have balked at giving the Fed new powers to oversee the U.S. financial system, mindful of Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke named Time magazine 2009 ‘Person of the Year’

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is Time magazine's person of the year. Time credits Bernanke with ensuring 2009 was a year of recovery rather than a second Great Depression. "The recession was the story of the year. Without Ben Bernanke ... it would have been a lot worse," Time managing editor Richard Stengel said in a statement. "We've rarely had such a perfect revision of the cliché that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it," Stengel said. "Bernanke didn't just learn from history; he wrote it himself and was damned if he was going to repeat it." Bernanke beat out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gen. Stanley McChyrstal, who is the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He also beat out President Barack Obama, who won the honor in 2008. Bernanke, an expert on the Great Depression, saw the country through the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. The 56-year-old was appointed by then-President George W. Bush to succeed Alan Greenspan in 2006. President Obama nominated him for a second term in August. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

YouTube’s 10 most important videos of the past 10 years

Time flies when you’re having fun on camera. It’s been 10 years since YouTube first invited users to “Broadcast Yourself” by posting an 18-second clip featuring one of its cofounders talking about elephants at the San Diego Zoo. The video-sharing site has come a long way since then, with celebrities and advertisers replacing amateur home movies with slick clips that draw millions of views. Today, YouTube counts more than 1 billion users in 75 countries, who are uploading 300 hours of video every minute. “We’re seeing a lot of innovation and a lot more professionals who are making a living off producing things on YouTube,” says Kevin Allocca, the site’s trends and culture manager. “You still have people uploading amazing amateur videos at home, but now the ‘Tonight Show’ is also sharing all of the best moments of their show on YouTube.” And creators are graduating from posting a single viral video to running channels where they continuously add new material to engage their growing audience. But how did we get from shaky home movies, to viral music videos, to entire channels devoted to compilations of cats afraid of water? Allocca selected 10 of the most important YouTube videos of the past 10 years to retrace those digital steps. “It’s hard to reduce all of YouTube down to one video per year, because there are so many good things that happen,” he says. So while some memorable spots such as “Leave Britney Alone!” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” didn’t make the cut, these iconic clips represent the most watched or most influential video each year over the past decade. 2005: Battle at Kruger 76 million views The gripping amateur wildlife video shows a herd of buffalo fighting off a pride of lions by a South African watering hole. “Here you have this incredible, compelling and dramatic moment that is Continue Reading