Ex-rivals get limited airtime at convention
Political party committees are officially in charge of the once-in-four-years presidential conventions, but its the presidential nominees camp that makes the big decisions. So politicos are taking a look at who is among the speakers at the conventions and who is on the outs.
For the Republicans, most of Mitt Romneys primary opponents are out but are getting consolation prizes.
Newt Gingrich is out as a speaker – but in as the teacher of Newt University political workshops.
Rick Santorum is in.
Ron Paul is out – but his son, Rand, a U.S. senator, is in as a speaker.
Rick Perry is out, apparently without another role. Ultra-conservatives Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain are out, too, but they will hold their own unity rally.
Two might-have-beens are on the bubble. Donald Trump and Sarah Palin arent on the speaker list yet but could still address the convention.
Hamlisch: Soundtrack for a generation
Marvin Hamlisch was arguably the George Gershwin of his generation, creating enormously popular songs while writing the scores to plays and movies.
He is one of just two people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize. The other is Richard Rodgers.
He become well known after scoring big hits from two big 1973 movies: The Sting and The Way We Were. For The Sting, he adapted Scott Joplins ragtime music from the early 20th century, most notably The Entertainer. And The Way We Were was a mega-hit for Barbra Streisand, with whom he worked years earlier when she was in the Broadway cast of Funny Girl. Four years later, Nobody Does It Better was a hit for Carly Simon from the soundtrack of The Spy Who Loved Me.
But Hamlisch was known in entertainment circles much earlier. He barely had reached adulthood when Lesley Gore hit it big with his Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows and Woody Allen tapped him to write music for Bananas.
After his 1973 breakthrough, Hamlisch scored the landmark musical A Chorus Line, which remains one of the most popular musicals today.
As if his writing werent enough, he was the principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.
Hamlisch, who died unexpectedly at 68, was a guest pops conductor with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in 1996, stopping by South Side High School (seen above) before the show at the Embassy Theatre.