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 By Peter Funt    Opinion    May 8, 2023

The man who made food shopping fun

When Stew Leonard opened what he dubbed a “dairy store” in Norwalk, Conn., in 1969, it was a wonder of marketing, with a petting zoo, animated Disney-style characters and an on-site bottling...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    April 17, 2023

It's about time

Even baseball purists like myself, who still aren't comfortable with designated hitters and restrictions on where fielders may be positioned, find themselves overwhelmingly in favor of the new pitch c...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    January 9, 2023

How Barbara Walters crafter her incomparable career

Barbara Walters might never have become a powerful force in broadcast journalism had she lacked the chutzpah to extract a promise from her bosses at NBC News in 1973. As she explained it to me, she...

 

SOS to Apple: Fix This

 A sheriff’s deputy roared into our driveway the other morning, rang the bell, and asked my wife if she knew my whereabouts.  Alarmed at first, then puzzled, Amy answered honestly: “He’s...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    July 18, 2022

Make national parks free for all

For just one day this summer - and if you're planning a vacation, it's Thursday, August 4 - entrance fees are waived at the 110 national parks that normally charge admission. These include top...

 

Bingeing new TV shows won't last long

Nine years ago this month Netflix changed how we watch television. The streaming service released an entire season of its political drama "House of Cards" at once, enabling viewers to binge on 13...

 

Life lessons from the road

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The traffic light on Winkler Avenue was green, yet the Camaro in front of me hit the brakes. I managed to avoid him as he stopped short for the duck and her eight babies, who were...

 

A guy never forgets his first car

The other day, Otis, the used car dealer, pulled out a wad of bills and handed my son two crisp C-notes. That’s all Danny’s ’98 Pontiac Grand-Am was worth anymore, but the rite of passage it had...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    August 16, 2021

73 years of smiles and insights

It was 73 years ago this month that my dad, Allen Funt, brought “Candid Camera” to television. Remarkably, between his career and mine, we hold a record as the only entertainment show to have...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    July 20, 2020

Opinion: If COVID isn't a tragedy, what is?

"My fellow Americans, I am today ordering that Monday, August 3, shall be a national day of mourning. All of us should take time on that day to honor the memories of more than 134,000 souls taken by...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    June 15, 2020

A new morning in news

The New York Times made a quiet disclosure recently that speaks loudly about the state of news media today. Its newsletter, “The Morning,” has reached over 17 million circulation, which the paper...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    May 25, 2020

Sometimes a rose is more than a rose

The rose bush outside our kitchen window is telling a different story this spring. Severely cut back each winter, it always rebounds as the weather turns warmer. I once read in a gardening book that i...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    April 13, 2020

The 'thank you wave' makes a comeback

Walking my dog Dorothy a few months ago I didn’t recognize the fellow waving from the white car until he stopped to say hello. Turns out it was Ed, a casual acquaintance, whose wave I hadn’t...

 

Ho, ho, the mistletoe

During the holiday season, which now stretches from autumnal equinox to New Year’s Day, it’s nearly impossible to turn on the radio or walk through a shopping mall without hearing the rich,...

 

1. Make Lists 2. Read Lists 3. Make More Lists

Here are my five favorite things about this sentence: (1) It grabs your attention, (2) It keeps you guessing, (3) It's not overly wordy, (4) It's something you might forward to friends, (5) It's part...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    May 20, 2019

Cable hosts get the memo

Bill O'Reilly, once the most powerful voice on cable TV, has been largely absent from public view for two years following revelations that he paid some $50 million to settle sexual harassment...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    April 29, 2019

Baseball must end diamond dust-ups

The boys of summer will be boys and it's high time Major League Baseball did something about it. The generally genteel game is increasingly marred by senseless brawling among players and coaches. It...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    April 1, 2019

Democrats must focus on 2020

Every step of the way, Donald Trump has played voters and media with catch phrases of the type favored by Madison Avenue and reality TV, starting with "Make America Great Again" - as if such a task...

 

Amy for America

There are many metrics for what makes a good president, but being able to deliver a speech in falling snow and mid-teen temperatures without hat or gloves for nearly a half hour isn't one of them....

 

2019 Precap

Wondering if things will change for the better in the New Year? Here's a handy clip 'n' save Precap of news certain to occur during 2019. Jan. 1 - In a New Year's tweet to the nation, President Trump...

 

I'm failing at passwords

I have several online accounts that I use a few times year and not once have I gained access without first trying several passwords and then clicking "Forgot Password" to begin the damnable process...

 

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