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FILE - In this March 28, 1977 file photo, William Goldman accepts his Oscar at Academy Awards in Los Angeles, for screenplay from other medium for "All The President's Men." Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” William Goldman died, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. He was 87. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this March 28, 1977 file photo, William Goldman accepts his Oscar at Academy Awards in Los Angeles, for screenplay from other medium for "All The President's Men." Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” William Goldman died, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. He was 87. (AP Photo, File)

William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ has died


AP Film Writer

Saturday, November 17

NEW YORK (AP) — William Goldman, the screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything,” has died. He was 87.

Goldman’s daughter, Jenny, said her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. “So much of what’s he’s written can express who he was and what he was about,” she said, adding that the last few weeks, while Goldman was ailing, revealed just how many people considered him family.

Goldman, who also converted his novels “Marathon Man,” ”Magic” and “The Princess Bride” into screenplays, clearly knew more than most about what the audience wanted, despite his famous and oft-repeated proclamation. He penned a litany of box-office hits, was an in-demand script doctor and carved some of the most indelible phrases in cinema history into the American consciousness.

Goldman made political history by coining the phrase “follow the money” in his script for “All the President’s Men,” adapted from the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate political scandal. The film starred Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. Standing in the shadows, Hal Holbrook was the mystery man code-named Deep Throat who helped the reporters pursue the evidence. His advice, “Follow the money,” became so widely quoted that few people realized it was never said during the actual scandal.

A confirmed New Yorker, Goldman declined to work in Hollywood. Instead, he would fly to Los Angeles for two-day conferences with directors and producers, then return home to fashion a script, which he did with amazing speed. In his 1985 book, “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” he expressed disdain for an industry that elaborately produced and tested a movie, only to see it dismissed by the public during its first weekend in theaters.

“Nobody knows anything,” he wrote.

In the book, Goldman also summed up to the screenwriter’s low stature in Hollywood. “In terms of authority, screenwriters rank somewhere between the man who guards the studio gate and the man who runs the studio (this week),” wrote Goldman.

But for a generation of screenwriters, including Aaron Sorkin, Goldman was a mentor.

“He was the dean of American screenwriters and generations of filmmakers will continue to walk in the footprints he laid,” Sorkin said in a statement. “He wrote so many unforgettable movies, so many thunderous novels and works of non-fiction, and while I’ll always wish he’d written one more, I’ll always be grateful for what he’s left us.”

Goldman launched his writing career after receiving a master’s degree in English from Columbia University in 1956. Weary of academia, he declined the chance to earn a Ph.D., choosing instead to write the novel “The Temple of Gold” in 10 days. Knopf agreed to publish it.

“If the book had not been taken,” he told an interviewer, “I would have gone into advertising … or something.”

Instead, he wrote other novels, including “Soldier in the Rain,” which became a movie starring Steve McQueen. Goldman also co-authored a play and a musical with his older brother, James, but both failed on Broadway. (James Goldman would later write the historical play “The Lion in Winter,” which he converted to film, winning the 1968 Oscar for best adapted screenplay.)

William Goldman had come to screenwriting by accident after actor Cliff Robertson read one of his books, “No Way to Treat a Lady,” and thought it was a film treatment. After he hired the young writer to fashion a script from a short story, Goldman rushed out to buy a book on screen writing. Robertson rejected the script but found Goldman a job working on a screenplay for a British thriller. After that he adapted the Ross Macdonald novel “The Moving Target” into the 1966 detective film, “Harper,” starring Paul Newman.

He broke through in 1969 with the blockbuster “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Newman and Redford. Based on the exploits of the real-life “Hole in the Wall” gang of bank robbers, the movie began a long association with Redford, who also appeared in “The Hot Rock,” ”The Great Waldo Pepper” and “Indecent Proposal.” Goldman’s script set a then-record $400,000 (or about $2.9 million today).

Though the sum made Goldman a target in an industry that had long devalued screenwriters, the price proved worth it. “Butch Cassidy” was the year’s biggest box office hit, grossing $102 million (or close to $700 million today).

“All the President’s Men” (1976) further enhanced Goldman’s reputation as a master screenwriter, though he initially had a low opinion of the project (“Politics were anathema at the box office, the material was talky, there was no action,” he later wrote) and was even regretful afterward because of the production’s headaches, including the use of multiple writers.

“We had a long earlier history and I’m sorry to hear of his passing,” Redford said in a statement.

Other notable Goldman films included “The Stepford Wives,” ”A Bridge Too Far” and “Misery.” The latter, adapted from a Stephen King suspense novel, won the 1990 Oscar for Kathy Bates as lead actress.

In 1961 Goldman married Ilene Jones, a photographer, and they had two daughters, Jenny and Susanna. The couple divorced in 1991. Goldman passed away Friday in the Manhattan home of his partner, Susan Burden.

Born in Chicago on Aug. 12, 1931, Goldman grew up in the suburb of Highland Park. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1952 and served two years in the Army.

Goldman wrote more than 20 novels, some of them under pen names. “The Princess Bride,” published in 1973, was presented as Goldman’s abridgment of an older version by “S. Morgenstern.” The scheme, he said, was liberating.

“I never had a writing experience like it. I went back and wrote the chapter about Bill Goldman being at the Beverly Hills Hotel and it all just came out. I never felt as strongly connected emotionally to any writing of mine in my life,” Goldman once said. “It was totally new and satisfying and it came as such a contrast to the world I had been doing in the films that I wanted to be a novelist again.”

The film, directed by Rob Reiner, grew into a cult classic, adding more phrases of Goldman’s to the lexicon: “As you wish,” ”Inconceivable!” and “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Reiner on Friday said he had seen Goldman just days earlier. He called “The Princess Bride” his favorite book. “I was honored he allowed me to make it into a movie,” Reiner said on Twitter.

Despite all his success as a screenwriter, Goldman always considered himself a novelist. He didn’t rate his scripts as great artistic achievements.

“A screenplay is a piece of carpentry,” he once said. “And except in the case of Ingmar Bergman, it’s not an art, it’s a craft.”

The late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.

Ohio High School Skilled Trades Teacher Wins $100,000 National Prize

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools

Laurel Oaks Career Campus in Wilmington Receives $100,000 Award

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

WILMINGTON, Ohio—An industrial diesel mechanics teacher from Mt. Orab was named today one of the top public high school skilled trades teachers in the country as a first-place winner of the 2018 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, earning his school $100,000 as part of $1 million awarded nationally.

Gary Bronson teaches industrial diesel mechanics at Laurel Oaks Career Campus in Wilmington and is one of the $100,000 first-place winners of the prize.

“The creativity and hands-on projects that Mr. Bronson and the other winning teachers bring to their classrooms is an inspiration,” said Danny Corwin, executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. “This is education at its best, and we are humbled to honor these teachers and shine a light on excellence in skilled trades education.”

Two other $100,000 first-place prizes were awarded to a construction trades teacher from Michigan and a welding teacher from Georgia. Those winners will each receive $100,000—$70,000 for the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the teacher. Because of Ohio’s state policy regarding individual cash awards to public employees, Bronson’s school will receive the entire prize winnings.

Each of the 15 second-place winners across the country were also surprised with the news they and their schools will receive $50,000. Because Bronson’s school was closed today due to weather, a presentation and celebration is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16. In addition to the more than $1 million in first- and second-place prizes awarded by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, the company Harbor Freight Tools donated $34,000 to 34 semi-finalists.

The prize was started in 2017 by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt to recognize extraordinary public high school skilled trades teachers and programs with a proven track record of dedication and performance. The prize is awarded by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, a program of The Smidt Foundation.

“These incredible teachers are an inspiration—to their students, to their communities and to us,” said Eric Smidt, Harbor Freight Tools founder. “They are masters of their trades and instill in their students a passion for the skilled trades that gives them a path to a meaningful, good-paying career. These are local jobs in every community across America, building and repairing homes, fixing cars and appliances, and so much more. We’re honored to be able to recognize these teachers for inspiring and developing the future workforce our country needs.”

Gary Bronson has taught industrial diesel mechanics at Laurel Oaks Career Campus for seven years after working as a professional diesel technician and mechanic for nearly two decades, inspired by the engines and automotive classes he took in high school. In Bronson’s lab, students use basic electrical principles to tackle projects like building mobility scooters and repairing large boats and jet skis. His student teams start with shop safety and procedures and advance to overhauling engines.

“I always try to post success stories of students to draw interest from the outside and promote my program. I also post job openings and pictures of field trips and projects. This gives students much needed recognition,” Bronson wrote in his prize application.

In one of the most complex projects in his classroom, Bronson’s students work on an International ProStar truck replacing the brakes, wiring the lighting and completing its annual inspection. Under Bronson’s leadership, the truck has become a project for other skilled trades students at Laurel Oaks, as they work together to debut the truck at the Cavalcade of Customs auto show in Cincinnati. This is one of many field trips to Cincinnati he takes students on each year. Bronson actively engages his advisory board to be part of these trips as providers of donations, tours, and future job shadowing and employment.

To keep the classroom humming, Bronson utilizes competitions, including trivia and student prizes, to recognize student learning, collaboration and success and to communicate this honor to families and the larger community.

“Being a former vocational student, I know the lifelong impact a vocational education can have on a student,” Bronson said. “I enjoy being able to give back to my students in and out of school.”

The other first-place winners are Charles J. Kachmar, who teaches welding and metals at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Dr. Andrew J. Neumann, a building trades teacher at Bay Arenac Intermediate School District Career Center in Bay City, Michigan. Because of Ohio’s state policy regarding cash awards to public employees, Bronson’s school will receive the entire prize winnings.

The school’s prize winnings will support the skilled trades program being recognized, and the teacher’s or teacher team winnings can be used at their discretion.

For a list of the 15 second-place winners, click here. The high schools of the remaining 34 semi-finalists will each receive a $1,000 Harbor Freight Tools gift card to support their skilled trades programs. The list of the semifinalists is available here.

The 2018 prize drew more than 550 applications from 49 states and included three rounds of judging, each by an independent panel that included experts from industry, education, trades, philanthropy and civic leadership. The field was narrowed this summer to 52 semi-finalists. The application process, which included responses to questions and a series of online video learning modules, was designed to solicit each teacher’s experience, insights and creative ideas about their approach to teaching and success in helping their students achieve excellence in the skilled trades. All learning modules are available here.

For more information about the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, including the final round panels of judges, please visit

About Harbor Freight Tools for Schools

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is an initiative of The Smidt Foundation, established by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt, to support the advancement of skilled trades education in America. With a deep respect for the dignity of these fields and for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands, this program was created to foster and shine a light on excellence in skilled trades education in public high schools. Believing that access to quality skilled trades education gives high school students pathways to graduation, opportunity, good jobs and a workforce our country needs, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools aims to stimulate greater understanding, support and investment by public entities and others in skilled trades education. Harbor Freight Tools is a major supporter of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program. For more information, visit

November 16, 2018

Ohio’s Hocking Hills named Fastest-Growing Destination by HomeAway

Hocking Hills pizzeria takes “Best Pizza in Ohio” prize via TripAdvisor

LOGAN, OH – In its 2019 Travel Trend Report, HomeAway just announced that the Hocking Hills region, located in southeast Ohio, is ranked No. 1 among fastest growing destinations. The data-driven research cites that Hocking Hills is “Home to one of the country’s most stunning state parks,” and urges travelers to “Head for the (Hocking) Hills” in its Up-and-Coming Destinations Report.

In the report, HomeAway outlines destinations where demand for vacation rental homes grew dramatically over the past year, noting that Hocking Hills vacation rental demand was up more than 130 percent in 2018 and rose a staggering 375 percent over the past three years – higher than any other vacation spot.

While the ranking may come as a surprise to some because of the Hocking Hills’ smaller size, the region’s position as a destination unlike any other is attracting today’s travelers in droves. It offers loads of free and highly affordable experiences, such as hiking among spectacular rock formations, carved eons ago by glaciers. The brand-new John Glenn Astronomy Park – also free – is open 365 days a year and offers organized programs offered on weekends and during significant astronomical events. These features draw visitors from around the globe to this special place. An easy, scenic drive from most major cities and only an hour from Columbus, Hocking Hills’ gorgeous waterfalls, soaring cliffs and craggy caves can cause spotty cell service, yet guarantee a relaxing, peaceful escape from the pandemonium of life.

In addition, Pizza Crossing, located in the Hocking Hills city of Logan, takes home the prize for Best Pizza in Ohio from TripAdvisor, based on user reviews. Citing friendly service, reasonable prices and free popcorn, a recent reviewer wrote, “This place is a gem! Great pizza with lots of toppings … we will be back.”

Beyond fantastic pizza, Hocking Hills visitors can immerse themselves in the region’s great beauty, even as the temperatures nosedive. In winter, hiking the area’s miles and miles of woodland trails is especially beautiful as waterfalls freeze to gorgeous crystal sculptures. Visits to the area are made special during hike to Whispering Cave, Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Conkle’s Hollow, Cedar Falls and Swinging Bridge, no matter what time of year.

This December, there’s no more magical way to step away from hectic holiday hustle than a moonlight stroll back into majestic Ash Cave. Held Dec. 8 from 5-7 p.m., the annual Christmas in Ash Cave treats visitors to the warm glow of a cozy fire and refreshments. Carolers dressed in period costume sing songs that reverberate in grand fashion, thanks to Ash Cave’s natural amphitheater contour. Visiting with an old-fashioned Santa and helping decorate a Christmas tree with treats for wildlife make the experience truly unforgettable for young travelers.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of free activities. Unique gift and antique shops, artists’ studios and hands-on activities add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. Complete traveler information, including lodging, is available at or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

Otterbein Department of Music presents upcoming performances

Friday, November 16, 2018

Otterbein Choral Ensembles to Perform Holiday Concert

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University’s choral ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorale, and the Otterbein Singers, will perform a holiday concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Westerville Community United Church of Christ, 770 County Line Road. This event is free and open to the public. Each group will perform works that display their strengths and celebrate the season, featuring works by John Rutter, Pavel Chesnokov, Orlando di Lasso, and Kim André Arnesen.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at For more information about this event, visit

Otterbein Faculty Member Nick Ross to Perform Piano Recital

Westerville, OH—Otterbein faculty member Nick Ross will perform a piano recital at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street. This event is free and open to the public.

During the 2018-2019 concert season, Ross has been performing recitals of piano music for the left hand alone. The program is centered around Leopold Godowsky’s music for the left hand, written between 1928 and 1930. The program also features the piece Oíche Ceoil (composed in 1971) by the Irish composer Philip Martin, and new music for the left hand by composers Kent Holliday and Brian Pearson.

Pianist Nick Ross performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed recitals and concertos at such venues as St. Martin’s-in-the-Field, St. John’s Smith Square, London, the Field Room in Dublin, and the Engelse Kerk in Amsterdam. Ross is a professor of music and associate chair of the Department of Music at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where he teaches piano, music theory, and specialized piano courses. Previously he was a professor at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. Ross is active as a recording artist, and he has released four solo piano recordings, as well as two collaborative discs of Arthur Honegger’s music. He records for the Centaur Records label. His scholarly research has focused in recent years on proportional structures and the golden ratio in the music of Mozart, Debussy, Bartók and others. He has presented lecture recitals on the topic at conferences in Lancaster, Krakow, and at various universities and colleges in the US.

His primary piano professors were John Perry, John Bingham, Benno Pierweijer and Matthijs Verschoor. In addition, he worked with Christine Croshaw and David Newbold on collaborative piano, and played in masterclasses and courses for Graham Johnson, Christopher Czaja Sager and Theodore Paraskivesko among others. He obtained piano performance degrees from ArtEz in the Netherlands, Trinity College of Music in London, and a DMA degree in piano performance from Rice University.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at For more information about this event, visit

Department of Music

Otterbein University offers majors in Music, Music Education, Performance, and Music & Business and minors in arts administration, audio production, and music.

FILE – In this March 28, 1977 file photo, William Goldman accepts his Oscar at Academy Awards in Los Angeles, for screenplay from other medium for "All The President’s Men." Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” William Goldman died, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. He was 87. (AP Photo, File) – In this March 28, 1977 file photo, William Goldman accepts his Oscar at Academy Awards in Los Angeles, for screenplay from other medium for "All The President’s Men." Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” William Goldman died, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. He was 87. (AP Photo, File)

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