Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too.
firstname.lastname@example.org & @JoeCushnan
I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection. Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution.
This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda. Swift diversions for a moment or two.
Apropos of Nothing #70 – 27 June 2001
Actor Jack Lemmon died at 76 on 27 June, 2001. In a distinguished theatre, film and television career, he achieved multiple awards including two Oscars – Best Supporting Actor in Mister Roberts (1955) and Best Actor in Save the Tiger (1973) and a Primetime Emmy for Tuesday’s With Morrie (1999).
The US film industry honoured him with two Lifetime Achievement Awards in 1986 and 1995.
There are so many brilliant Jack Lemmon films – Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Great Race (1965), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Odd Couple (1968) and onwards to The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), The China Syndrome (1979), Missing (1982) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
His last film was an uncredited role as narrator in Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000).
In 1986, Lemmon starred in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London. It was directed by Jonathan Miller. I wrote a fan letter to him and he kindly sent me a signed photograph, and here it is: