A Christmas Story Deadline

For me, Christmas officially ends each year with the last scene in A Christmas Story. The parents are sitting by the Christmas tree, enjoying a drink, as the snow flutters down through the window. It's that calming last breath of Christmas before TBS dumps six episodes of Big Bang Theory on us. Television news producers... Continue Reading →

Oh Baby, You’re in Danger!

Kids are a lot of work. This Halloween I saw a mom taking her three kids, who were all under age four, trick-or-treating along Fremont Street in Portland. I nearly passed out in exhaustion from the mere sight of her effort. My wife and I took our daughter out for the same event and the... Continue Reading →

Up Your Sauce Game

I never ate tomato sauce of any kind as a kid. The reason: Onions are disgusting... and poisonous to my body. They're in everything, including tomato sauces. Just about any sauc-ianado will tell you onions are a key ingredient. I disagree. Because I cannot eat onions, I have spent the last two decades making my... Continue Reading →

A Hero Dies Every Day in the Newsroom

Dwight Clark caught “The Catch.” That may not mean something to you, but to San Francisco 49ers fans, it is the height of folk lore. In fact, it’s a beloved football moment known by football fans across the United States—even being named one of the 21 Greatest Sports Moments in History. When Dwight Clark died... Continue Reading →


My parents named me Brendan Temujin Knapp. People are surprised and curious to wonder what Temujin means. The answer only adds to the surprise and curiosity. Basically my dad was reading this book... ...when I was forming in my mother's womb (yes, this exact book). Mom got to pick my first name. Dad got to... Continue Reading →

First Writing Experiment

Stephen King's work evolves. Constantly. And everything is on the negotiating table, at all times. That's why it's hard to put together a list of his upcoming movie and television projects. I did exactly this for my first writing project at HorrorNews.net. In my mind, this would take about two or three hours. I was... Continue Reading →

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