A funny thing happened on the way to Ron McLarty’s career as a famous novelist.
He became a very successful actor first .
If you’re a fan of TV series such as Law & Order, The Practice, Judging Amy, or Spenser for Hire, you’ll recognize Ron McLarty.9. Often cast as a police detective or a judge, McLarty has had a long and successful career as a character actor.
But when I met him in 2005, it was on the occasion of his first published novel, The Memory of Running. And it turns out that’s what he wanted to do all along.
Memorial Day is the one day each year set aside to remember and commemorate and celebrate the sacrifices of thousands of men and women who have died in war over the years.
But of course, their deaths carry a long and wide ripple effect that can affect family members for years and generations to come.
Since opening more than 40 years ago, the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington DC has become an informal but significant collection point for memorabilia. Families of the fallen in Vietnam come to the wall to leave behind everything from letters and poems to medals and teddy bears.
In 1988, former Vietnam war correspondent Laura Palmer wrote a book about those items of memorabilia. She tracked down many of the families and interviewed them to get a broader sense of their loss. She ccalled her book Shrapnel in The Heart.
So here now, from 1988, my interview with Laura Palmer.
Twenty years ago this spring, a young mountaineer and mechanical engineer named Aron Ralston set out on a rike through the mountains and canyons of remote Utah.
He was alone, and had not told anyone where he was going.
On that Saturday in April 2003, a boulder dislodged as Ralston was moving through a difficult canyon, and it pinned his right arm.
All alone, with no food, water, or means of communication, Ralston contemplated his death. Ultimately, however, as you will hear in a few minutes, something miraculous happened, and Ralston was able to save his own life.
At the cost of his arm.
The title of Ralston’s 2005 autobiography practically wrote itself: Between a Rock and A Hard Place.
So here now, from 2005, Aron Ralston.
Aron Ralston is 48 now, and is a popular motivational speaker, and yes, he is still a rock climber too.
As they say on a popular TV show, sexually based crimes are considered especially heinous.
That’s why, in the 1980s prosecutor Linda Fairstein was instrumental in helping establish the first sex crimes unit in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. It later inspired the TV series “Law & Order Special Victims Unit.”.
In the1990s, Fairstein diversified her talents, writing a series of bestselling crime novels whose main character was a sex crimes prosecutor named Alexandra Cooper.
I first met Linda Fairstein in 1996, upon publication of her very first Alex Cooper novel, a book called Final Jeopardy.
So here now, from 1996, Linda Fairstein .
Linda Fairstein celebrated her 76th birthday last week. She has not written an Alex Cooper book since 2019, when she became the center of controversy after the Netflix series “when They See US” revealed some dark information about the Central Park jogger case that she prosecuted in the 1980s.
Let’s face it, most of us take our vision for granted. Even if we have to wear glasses or contacts, we just look at the world and see things.
But what if you were born without that ability? What would life be like as a blind person?
Poet and professor Stephen Kuusisto was born in 1955, and has essentially been blind since birth. And he has become one of the country’s leading advocates for the blind and visually disabled community.
I met him in 1998 when he wrote his memoir, a book called Planet of The Blind.
So here now, from 1998, Stephen Kuusisto.
Stephen Kuusisto is 68 now, and still a strong advocate for those with visual disabilities.