Author Di Morrissey on how she made her dream life a real life story

Author Di Morrissey dropped her career and marriage to purse the dream to write. Twenty-six novels later, she has become Australia’s favorite storyteller.

Growing up poor, Morrissey only received books for birthday and Christmas. It led her to love the world of storytelling. Her career started off as a journalist. Morrissey traveled around the world with her then husband who was a US diplomat. One day, she would make a choice, that would change the landscape of her life, but make her life a success.

She and her daughter Dr. Gabrielle Morrisey stopped by to chat with Deborah Duncan about her mom’s courageous story.

Author Di Morrissey’s next book “Arcadia” comes out on October 16th.

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Playing Favorites with the Stars of Crazy Rich Asians

Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Sonoya Mizuno, Gemma Chan, and Chris Pang—stars of this summer’s most opulent romantic comedy, Crazy Rich Asians—spill on their guilty pleasures, karaoke numbers, and whose crazy rich closet they’d like to raid.

Name: Michelle Yeoh
Hometown: Ipoh, Malaysia.
Style Icon: My mother.
Whose C.R.A. Style Would You Like to Have in Real Life: Eleanor. She’s got all the best designs, jewelry, and watches—though she’s very understated and elegant.
Takeout Order: Spicy ramen noodles.
Karaoke Number: Any song from Abba . . . only when I’m very drunk.
Nightstand Reading: Jimmy Yang’s book, How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents. It’s quite funny.
Favorite Getaway: My intention is always to visit somewhere I’ve not been before.
Guilty Pleasure: Nothing is guilty.
Role Model: My dad.
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music.
What Do You Always Travel With: Photos of the people that I love.

Name: Sonoya Mizuno
Hometown: Somerset, England.
Style Icon: Christy Turlington in the 80s and 90s.
Whose C.R.A. Style Would You Like to Have in Real Life: Astrid’s, without a doubt.
Favorite Designer: It always changes, but I like simple and clean like Céline and Jil Sander.
Takeout Order: Thai green curry and papaya salad.
Karaoke Number: I fucking hate karaoke.
Guilty Pleasure: I go to the cinema and eat a huge thing of popcorn with butter all by myself.

Check out V.F.’s style portfolio with the Crazy Rich Asians’ casts here.

Nightstand Reading: I recently moved to New York, so The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
Favorite Getaway: Tokyo, so I can just eat everything. Eat, then shop.
Role Model: Faye Dunaway in the Network era.
Favorite Movies: Midnight Cowboy and Paris, Texas.
Favorite Place: My huge, black, velvet sofa.
Favorite Hotel: Amansara in Cambodia.
Who Inspires You: My siblings.
What Do You Always Travel With: A book.
Favorite Podcasts: The Daily and WTF.

Name: Gemma Chan
Hometown: London, England.
Style Icons: Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Whose C.R.A. Style Would You Like to Have in Real Life: My character, Astrid—there’s a timeless appeal to her style.
Takeout Order: The Impossible Burger.
Karaoke Number: Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
Guilty Pleasure: I don’t believe in guilty pleasures.
Nightstand Reading: This sounds like it’s a promo, but I’m reading Jimmy O’Yang’s book, How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents—he’s in the movie.
Favorite Getaway: Ibiza, Spain.
Role Models: I love Charlize Theron, she’s not afraid to go out there with her characters. And Julianne Moore makes me cry every time.
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park. That scene with the Velociraptors in the kitchen gets me every time. It’s brilliant.
Favorite Place: I like to find the green spaces in a city. Regent’s Park in London is very peaceful.
Favorite Hotel: The London in L.A. has the best views.
Who Inspires You: My mum and dad. I didn’t come from a showbiz family, and they’ve instilled a great work ethic in me and encouraged me to keep that kind of humble perspective. What I do is great fun, but it’s also a bit of a bubble.
What is the most indispensable thing you travel with? Good headphones, lots of water, and a good book.

Name: Henry Golding
Hometown: Sarawak, Malaysia, and Portsmouth, England.
Whose C.R.A. Style Would You Like to Have in Real Life: I wore my own Omega Seamaster to keep me anchored as Nick Young. It’s family and love first before everything. He’s not defined by his wealth.
Takeout Order: Pad see ew, beef panang, and spicy mango salad.
Karaoke Number: George Michael, “Faith.”
Nightstand Reading: Science fiction.
Role Model: Paul Newman.
Favorite Movie: Rumble Fish.
Dream Vacation: The Croatian coast.
Who Inspires You: Anthony Bourdain.
What Do You Always Travel With? I always have three or four suits, there’s always an engagement to wear something from a suit.

Name: Chris Pang
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.
Style Icons: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen.
Takeout Order: McDonald’s. I eat very badly.
Karaoke Number: Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way.”
Guilty Pleasure: Fortnite. I do the dances, it’s a fun community!
Binge-watch: American Vandal.
Nightstand Reading: Xbox.
Dream Vacation: Bora Bora.
Role Model: Bruce Lee, Chow Yun-fat, and Tony Liam. They’re cool cats.

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“Generation Wealth” examines the new (and depressing) American Dream


Photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has been carefully examining worlds of excess, wealth, and addiction for more than two decades. Her 2006 documentary Thin took a harrowing look at young girls getting treatment at an anorexia and bulimia clinic. Her 2012 breakout hit The Queen of Versailles documented timeshare tycoon David Siegel and his wife Jackie as they were building what would’ve been the largest house in America had the country not slid into an economic free fall in 2008. Greenfield’s latest documentary, Generation Wealth, blends together much of her past photography and film work for a telling portrait of where society is headed–and the future isn’t looking too bright.

“I started to think that maybe the work I had done since the early ’90s told a bigger story about how our culture had changed, and how the American dream had changed,” Greenfield said in the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation. “How we have gone from a dream characterized by hard work and frugality and discipline, to a dream that was more about bling and celebrity and narcissism. And I started going back to the work and trying to connect the dots. What did it mean about us?”

In the process of dissecting this new version of the American Dream, Greenfield turned the camera on herself for the first time in her career, creating what she calls her most personal and ambitious project she’s ever done.

Below are some highlights from the episode:


[Photo: courtesy of Lauren Greenfield/Amazon Studios]

The empathic power of film

“I started this by doing a book actually with no intention of making a film. And I really wanted to make the film, eventually, for a couple reasons. One was I wanted to be more emotional and empathic. When I’m doing the work, I really love the subjects. I really am affected by their highs and lows, and in this film there are a lot of tragic moments and I wanted the audience to feel that too. There’s something about photography that kind of keeps you on the surface and can be more of voyeuristic and less empathic. And I think for this project, it was really important for me that people can see themselves also in the characters, no matter how extreme they might be.”


[Photo: courtesy of Lauren Greenfield/Amazon Studios]

Gaining insight by losing objectivity

“I really wanted to show how we’re all complicit in this story, and this isn’t about a bad guy over there. I also really want people to be able to stand in the shoes of the subjects and see that I’m not being judgmental and not pointing the finger. My work has always been about kind of what makes us tick and why people make the decisions they do. And what are the influences that are playing upon them.”


[Photo: courtesy of Lauren Greenfield/Amazon Studios]

How “wealth” is being redefined

“By the end of it I realized that wealth wasn’t just about money. It was about fake it till you make it–posing as having it in a way that was as important as having it. It was about the currency of beauty, the currency of youth, the currency of sexuality, the currency of fame. And so each character’s story tells a different piece of that.”

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Professional cupid claims she can find ANYONE a dream date

LARA Asprey believes she can track down anyone’s soulmate… as long as they have £9,000 spare cash to pay for the honour.

Professional matchmaker and founder of exclusive dating agency Asprey Introductions, Lara only allows the UK’s most eligible bachelors into her “little black book” of clients… and guarantees them a dating experience the rest of us could only dream of.

 The Ultimate Matchmakers goes behind the scenes at Asprey Introductions

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The Ultimate Matchmakers goes behind the scenes at Asprey Introductions

From a round-the-clock matchmaker to breathtakingly beautiful first date locations, we can assure you that Lara’s exclusive dating agency Asprey Introductions is so much more than Match.com.

Allowing Channel 5 to go behind the scenes of the company’s South-West London headquarters, the Ultimate Matchmaker will follow countless singletons on their quest for love.

Because while Asprey Introductions’ clients aren’t short on cash, they need a little helping hand when it comes to tracking down The One.

The exclusive agency has even helped everyone from Prince Charles’ polo-playing pals to world-famous fashion models find someone special. So you can say ta-ra to Tinder!

 Private boat tours with unlimited champers is just one of the amazing dates Lara's clients are treated to

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Private boat tours with unlimited champers is just one of the amazing dates Lara’s clients are treated to

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Lara said: “On the face of it, my successful clients have it all, but they don’t have the most important thing – someone to share their lives with.”

And while that’s all well and good, only singletons willing to part with a bank-breaking £9,000 are allocated a spot on the books.

And that’s only after they’ve served their time on the ever growing waiting list.

However, once they’ve made the financial investment in their love life, the country’s most exclusive singletons won’t have to lift a finger in the dating game.

90% of singletons reach a third date or beyond

Lara AspreyAsprey Introductions

Along with their dedicated matchmaker who works tirelessly to couple them up within six months, a typical Asprey Introductions client also has their dates planned on their behalf.

Did we mention the incredible private castle and romantic boat trips already?

Plus the unlucky-in-love lot also get their pick of Lara’s “little black book” containing the details of the UK’s carefully selected bachelors.

Makes a nice change from swiping right, but does this all (literally) pay off?

Turns out, these singletons are serious when it comes to finding love… which is unsurprisingly when you think how much £9,000 can get you.

According to Lara, “90 per cent” of coupled up singletons reach their “third date or beyond”.

On top of this, they’ve also “seen marriages, babies and happy co-habitees” as a result of their expert match-making skills.

 Lara Asprey is the brains behind the exclusive dating agency

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Lara Asprey is the brains behind the exclusive dating agency

Determined that every bachelor on her books finds The One, Lara says she “likes to think I have someone for everyone”.

Turns out, money could buy you love after all…

The Ultimate Matchmaker will air on Channel 5 on August 18.

In even more dating news, this is how many dates you should go on before becoming exclusive with someone… and dinner dates are more likely to lead to love.

And these are the 10 critical questions you should ask your boyfriend before the relationship gets serious.

Plus this is the biggest relationship deal-breaker for British daters… but do YOU agree?

​Couple recreate the fake orgasm scene from the film When Harry Met Sally​ to celebrate ​International Female Orgasm ​day

Teen follows pro wrestling dream

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An average day for AJ “Zane” Bernardo looks like this: Wake up at 8 a.m., hit the gym, spend three to four hours writing, train in East Haven and end the night at the gym.

The professional wrestler and Newington resident is 19 years old, but his Instagram page doesn’t reflect the carefree lifestyle enjoyed by his peers. Bernardo’s Friday and Saturday nights are spent in matches, making money and working toward stardom.

“Ever since first grade I said ‘I’m going to be a professional wrestler’ and everyone laughed at me,” Bernardo remembers. “Rey Mysterio was literally my favorite wrestler and now I’m wrestling on the same stage as him.”

As one member of a tag team with Farmington wrestler RJ Rude, Bernardo is doing three to four matches a week. The team wrestled in front of 3,000 people at Dutchess Stadium in New York recently. The crowd went berserk as they came out to their theme song, “I Found a Way” by Drake Bell.

“Our characters are funny, happy to be there, good guys,” Bernardo says.

He also recently returned from a wrestling rendezvous in California.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, was the two-year anniversary of his very first match. Since then he’s been in 103 matches. He won all three that took place in one recent week. But winning falls behind other things on a short list of priorities. Sharing a locker room with his childhood hero Mysterio was actually the weekend’s highlight.

“He’s the man,” Bernardo says. “I got to pick his brain. It was so cool.”

He’s even shared the ring with Jerry “The King” Lawler — another World Wrestling Entertainment legend — and will be again Aug. 25 when WWE’s Wrestling under the Stars Tour comes to Muzzy Field in Bristol.

But dropping big names is not Bernardo’s style. He is as humble as any 19-year-old professional wrestler can be.

“You can never finish learning in wrestling,” he says. “You always have to strive to be better. If you want to make it, you always have to think someone is working harder than you.”

Self-discipline means following a strict training routine and staying focused.

“I don’t go out,” Bernardo says. “I just wrestle and watch wrestling.”

Since graduating from Newington High School in 2017, he had a brief stint as a teacher’s aide but was quickly able to make wrestling a full-time job. Most of his matches are with Northeast Wrestling, the same company he followed as a starry-eyed kid doing flips in a ring in the backyard.

He’s also worked on seven independent films, acting in five. Movies are sort of a side project, kind of like the book he’s working on right now. It’s a piece of historical fiction about Robert Kennedy saving John F. Kennedy.

“It’s not going to go anywhere, I just like to keep myself busy,” Bernardo says.

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Actor Kevin Clay lands dream role in ‘The Book of Mormon’ – Entertainment & Life – telegram.com

BOSTON — The musical “The Book of Mormon” became a Broadway blockbuster thanks to a book, music and lyrics by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with composer Robert Lopez (“Frozen,” “Avenue Q”), and a plot that sets its comically irreverent sights squarely on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From the opening number, “Hello,” it’s clear, especially to anyone who’s ever found a relentlessly upbeat Mormon missionary on the other side of the door, that the show isn’t designed to hurt anybody — it’s just poking fun at the inconsistencies of organized religion.

The musical premiered at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011. It went on to win nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has yet to play to an empty seat. Perhaps inspired by the old axiom, if you can’t beat them, join them, the LDS Church reacted calmly to the musical, encouraging theatergoers also to read the book of the same name.

“In most cities where we play, Mormon missionaries stand outside the theater before every performance. The church is definitely not against us. They even advertise in our playbills,” explained performer Kevin Clay, who plays Elder Price in the second national tour of “The Book of Mormon,” which opens its run at the Boston Opera House Aug. 14.

“I always make it a point to talk to them and they couldn’t be nicer. Many of the missionaries haven’t seen the show, but they’re very curious about it. They want to know about my character and what he gets involved in.”

That would be quite a lot — beginning in Salt Lake City where Elder Price and a band of wholesome young men with megawatt smiles pair up to learn where they will serve their missions. For the earnest, leading-man-handsome Price and his plucky, truth-challenged sidekick, Elder Cunningham, it’s destination Uganda.

Price’s surprise at the posting is something with which Clay says he can empathize.

“I was brought up Catholic and ingrained in that faith until high school. As I started to experience more of the world and study more things, I came to understand that there is more to the idea of what faith can do for people as opposed to just belonging to one specific organized religion or another. I think that’s a big part of Elder Price’s struggle.

“He is expecting his life to be amazing and perfect because that is the way it has always been. He’s never faced anything tricky or challenging before, so when it comes to Uganda he has to completely change his mindset and world view.”

And while Elder Price had been dreaming of doing his missionary work amid the theme parks of Orlando, Florida, Clay says he’d have his own fingers crossed for someplace at least a bit more far-flung.

“If I were him, I would be hoping to get lucky and be assigned to somewhere in Europe, like maybe Paris.”

The 25-year-old hasn’t yet played the French capital, but he has traveled all over the U.S. since joining the “Mormon” road company almost three years ago. Starting out in the ensemble and as an understudy, the Centreville, Virginia, native has been playing his current role since last October.

“I was a freshman in college, majoring in musical theater, when ‘Mormon’ opened on Broadway. Immediately it became a dream of mine to do this show. I got the soundtrack (winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album) and listened to it every day. I literally wore it out,” recalls Clay with a laugh.

By the time Clay graduated from Penn State, “Mormon” was a well-established hit and the young actor set out to see if he could get in on the action.

“I spent my first summer out of college at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera doing ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Wedding Singer.’ When I wasn’t working, I was in and out of New York auditioning for ‘Mormon.’ ”

A longstanding fan of Parker and Stone’s long-running animated sitcom “South Park,” Clay knows what made him fall in love with “Mormon,” and he believes he also knows what makes audiences flock to it.

“A really good comedy always works, because people love to go to the theater to laugh. Trey and Matt did a lot of research, so their comedy is really smart. And each song is an homage to a different musical theater style, written to be comforting via a familiar song structure.

“There’s a classic, old-style tap number, ‘Turn It Off,’ set to swing music, and an epic, grand Andrew Lloyd Webber-style rock anthem, ‘Man Up.’ And ‘You and Me (But Mostly Me)’ is a power ballad, inspired by Elphaba in ‘Wicked,’ that’s my favorite because it sets up Elder Price for all the ridiculousness that will follow,” says Clay.

That’s a considerable amount, according to the performer.

“I saw the show for the first time after I was hired for the tour. I sat and watched the company that I was about to join and saw so many weird, crazy, hysterically funny things that I’d never noticed on the album.”

This week’s must-read books

Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons)
Abandoned by both parents and left to fend on her own in the North Carolina wetlands, Kya Clark is known around town as the “Marsh Girl.” For years, she is happy to live in nature, keeping away from the civilized world. But when two young men from the town become infatuated with her and one of them ends up dead, Kya’s life is turned upside down.

If You Leave Me
Crystal Hana Kim (fiction, William Morrow)
War, family and doomed love are all center stage in this debut novel about the Korean civil war, the years that follow and the choices people are forced to make. It’s haunting. Haemi Lee, the protagonist, will stay with you long after the book is finished.

The Shortest Way Home
Miriam Parker (fiction, Dutton)
Hannah has taken a big risk — she’s walked away from her dream job and life in NYC to take a marketing job at a family-run winery in Sonoma. Will it be the mistake of a lifetime or live up to her wildest dreams?

The Middleman
Olen Steinhauer (fiction, Minotaur)
Four hundred people have disappeared overnight, leaving their cellphones, wallets and everything else behind them. They call themselves the Massive Brigade, and Kevin Moore is one of them. The FBI begins investigating the shadowy group.

America for Beginners
Leah Franqui (fiction, William Morrow)
Pival Sengupta is a widow, and her only son has died. With nothing left to tether her to her upscale Kolkata life, she books a trip with the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company and sets out to understand America, the country her son lived in for the last years of his life. Extremely moving, this is a gorgeous book about a different type of American road trip.

The Incendiaries
R.O. Kwon (fiction, Riverhead Books)
Phoebe and Will meet their first month at university, each of them struggling in different ways (Phoebe is reeling from her mother’s death, while Will is a scholarship student trying to fit in). Phoebe becomes involved in an extremist cult helmed by a former student. When the group bombs several buildings and kills five students, Phoebe disappears suddenly, leaving Will wondering if his friend was responsible for the act.

Slidell cop’s dream of jail library lives on after his untimely death

By Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Tamie Martin, a St. Tammany Parish librarian, discusses the library created for the Slidell city jail by a class from the community works group Leadership Northshore. Martin was a member of the group. (Photo by Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The library is named in honor of Lt. Ray Dupuy, a Slidell police officer killed in a motorcycle accident in September 2017. Dupuy had wanted to start a library at the jail.

Prisoners do the cooking in the Slidell City Jail. Now, the jail has a small library as well. (Photo by Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Tamie Martin, a St. Tammany Parish librarian, discusses the library created for the Slidell city jail by a class from the community works group Leadership Northshore. Martin was a member of the group. (Photo by Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Prisoners in the Slidell City Jail can choose books to check out of the new library from this register. (Photo by Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Dream seating for Hubbard’s 94

The last thing Jim Hubbard knew is, Sam, his youngest, is about 11 years old taking in a pre-season game at Paul Brown Stadium with him, his mother Amy and grandfather Ken Schneider. Maybe it is 2007 or 2008. But it is definitely the Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson Bengals and it is definitely in the preseason and Sam’s face clearly glows like his orange Bengals T-shirt.

“We wouldn’t have had seats that good for the regular season,” says Jim Hubbard, who took the pictures.

Time isn’t unlike the PBS clock. The longer it ticks, it keeps shrinking into a two-minute drill. The next thing Hubbard knows, it is the day before Thursday’s pre-season opener at The Paul (7 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Bears for the A.J. Green and Andy Dalton 2018 Bengals and he is standing in The Party Source with his mother-in-law looking at a Bengals chair that should fit nicely into the tailgate party at Lot D.

“The one thing we learned at Ohio State,” Hubbard says, “is you never know who is going to show up.”

Sam Hubbard shows up for an opener that, as his father says, is “ridiculously perfect,” for the hometown kid that could and did. Moeller High School. Ohio State. The Bengals. He could have gone anywhere for football and lacrosse. Harvard. Stanford. He could have gone anywhere in the NFL. Steelers. Ravens. They all need pass rushers. When the buzz began to circulate around April’s draft party in Montgomery that Marvin Lewis was on the phone holding the 77th pick in the third round, well, the jubilation is still there. Lewis didn’t have to punch in 513 to get through.

Jim Hubbard says he’s still pinching himself. The moments keep coming like a movie trailer. Like right end Michael Johnson. He wasn’t here yet that night Sam watched NFL football for the first time. But he arrived soon after and in his ninth Bengals season Johnson has become Sam Hubbard’s go-to-guy. Hubbard has made no bones about it. If he has a question, it doesn’t matter if it’s Ps and Qs or Xs and Os, he makes a beeline for Johnson. If not Johnson, his book-end, left end Carlos Dunlap.

“Sam’s a great guy. Great ballplayer. Just what you want,” says Johnson, a third-rounder himself when Hubbard was just starting at Moeller. “What do they say in ‘The Lion King,’ circle of life? That’s very cool now we get to be teammates. He’s having an excellent camp. He can rush outside. He can go inside. Special teams. The real deal.”

Just what you want to hear if you’re a father and your son is starting his career with the local company.

“Both of them have been incredibly nice to Sam. He speaks very highly of them,” Jim Hubbard says. “He’s very grateful for that part of it. To be as generous as they’ve been. He’s a sponge. He takes it all in. He was a little nervous going in, but thrilled the way they welcomed him.”

The Hubbards were big fans of those Carson-Chad Bengals teams, but there was just no time to get to games. That two-minute drill. Jim was the chief legal officer at Fifth Third Bank. Amy was nursing at University Hospital. Madison and Jake, Sam’s older sister and brother, had their activities. Jake, a teacher who’ll be in Lot D, actually played lacrosse against Marvin Lewis’ son Marcus.

Then Sam started playing football and going right into lacrosse. Maybe he had a couple days off in between. Three years ago Jim Hubbard became general counsel for TIAA Bank and now he’s spending more time in Jacksonville, Fla., than Cincinnati. They’re still in the two-minute drill even as the celebration of Jim’s 60th birthday looms this month to coincide with the Lot D tailgate.

“There were practices on Saturday, games on Sunday, practices during the week. When he went to Ohio State, Sunday was a travel day,” Jim says. “The funny thing is, the down time he’s got (in training camp) is probably the most free time he’s had in a long time. I’ll be able to spend Saturday (night) and Sunday with him.”

Now they’ve got season tickets. When Amy and Madison went to The Paul to check out the seats this spring, they ran into the man who made the call at No. 77. Jim has yet to meet Marvin Lewis, but his wife and daughter got a special tour.

Lot D is in good hands. Medically licensed hands. Amy is now a nursing supervisor at University. Madison, who also went to Ohio State, is a nurse at the same place. Jim Hubbard calls them Ph.Ds of tailgating. They can do the operation in their sleep. Amy and her two sisters and their parents live within a mile of each other in Montgomery ever since Jim and Amy moved back from his native New York City.

“A mile is a stretch,” Jim says. “Maybe steps. That’s the way Amy wanted to raise the kids. With her sisters’ kids. It’s really nice with all the cousins.”

Madison and her Aunt Emily masterminded the NFL’s version of the Louisiana Purchase with the No. 94 Jersey Acquisition of ’18. They efficiently signed up 160 or so friends and family to get Sam’s Bengals jersey. It wasn’t just a mass order. Everyone had to fill out the forms and supply the money and provide the sizes. Jim Hubbard’s side of the family is sprawling, too. He’s one of seven and one of his brothers has eight kids. There are Hubbard 94 Bengals jerseys all the way out in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

“People say I must be nervous,” Jim says. “I’ve never been nervous watching Sam. He’s always been a smart player. He always does his best. He always manages to do something special. I can’t wait. I’m not nervous. I’m just excited.”

Jim Hubbard grew up in Brooklyn in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge in Bay Ridge, where he and his buddies were crazy about Namath and all the rest. But heading to Lot D as the father of an NFL rookie isn’t all that different than getting your kid into a pre-season game. He’s still your kid.

“He could have coasted in college,” Jim says. “But he went up there and got his finance degree in three-and-a-half years. Finance isn’t easy. That’s something I’ll always be proud of.”

The clock is ticking in The Party Source.

“We’ve got a fleet of Ohio State tents, chairs, coolers,” Jim Hubbard says. “We’re looking to trade all that stuff out.”

A decade apart, they’re still getting some pretty good seats in the preseason.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Jim says. “The planets lined up perfectly.”

Crowley aids girl’s dream of new library in Grenada

Crowley Maritime Corp. has helped the Jacksonville-based non-profit Dreams Come True and fulfilled the dream of a girl who wanted to create a library in her community in Grenada.

Zinzee Noel of St. George, Grenada, was diagnosed with arthrogryposis – a congenital joint condition that causes curving of the joints. She traveled to Jacksonville this year for treatment at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Zinzee’s dream was to bring books to her island home and create a library there. Dreams Come True was happy to oblige, mobilizing a book drive that resulted in the donation of more than 15,000 books from Northeast Florida. With books in hand, the charity needed to find a way to get them to Grenada – enter Crowley.
As a leading Caribbean shipping and logistics company, Crowley offered to transport, free of charge, one of its 20-foot long cargo shipping containers filled with 306 boxes of donated books to help the organization make Zinzee’s wish come true. Moreover, the company, through its employee-run Crowley Cares program, held its own book drive at its offices in Jacksonville to help fill the container.
As the books were being loaded into the Crowley container in Jacksonville in mid-July in preparation for shipment, an appreciative and overwhelmed Ashley Smith, dream manager from Dreams Come True, smiled and said, “I don’t think any of us expected this.”
The books, which arrived in Grenada July 26, are being collated and formed into a library with the help of that nation’s department of education.
“This was a wonderful team effort in which Crowley and the Crowley Cares organization were able to help a local Jacksonville charity fulfill the wish of a very selfless girl,” said Crowley’s Guy Ratzlaff, manager of technology, who helped lead Crowley’s support effort.