Kukla, Fran & Ollie: A Nation of Immigrants

Burr Tillstrom—the puppeteer behind the Kukla, Fran & Ollie children’s show—is my family’s claim to fame. I missed his centenary last autumn.  Franklin Burr Tillstrom was born 13 October 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, and had an older brother Richard (1911-2008).  Their mother was Alice Burr and their father was Bert Frank Tillstrom, a doctor.  They […]

On Reagan on HBO

Ronald Reagan is getting the HBO treatment for his 100th birthday.  Eugene Jarecki‘s new documentary “Reagan” debuts on HBO Monday night (7 Feb 2011). The Wall Street Journal is hopeful, asking “Can HBO Get ‘Reagan’ Right?”  Fox News suggests that many of us will be surprised to learn more about the man behind the myth: […]