Karen O’Brien in hospice care


This from Susan Schoenberger and Theresa Sullivan Barger:

We are sad to share this news: Our best friend, former copy editor and reporter Karen O’Brien, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in April, and after undergoing aggressive treatment, has recently switched to Hospice care. She is staying in a rehabilitation facility in Worcester, Mass. near her home.

Cards may be sent to Karen at:

Karen O’Brien
31 Aylesbury Road
Worcester, MA 01609

This from the Alumni Association: Karen was much beloved in the Courant newsroom while she worked there, known equally for her easy manner and her professional competence. We hope she and her family members live out her days in relative comfort.


Teutsch scholarship goes to two students

Gene Mazur, who serves as vice president of the Manchester Community College Foundation, reports that this semester’s Cliff Teutsch Journalism Scholarships were awarded to Kenneth Varghese and Thomas Manoj on May 26.

This was the fund set up in honor of Cliff’s life and his enormous influence he had at The Hartford Courant and journalism throughout the state. It would be nice if these two deserving young men become even half the journalist Cliff was.


Felson Telling His Story At The Twain House Friday

Former Courant reporter Leonard Felson, who has been writing and getting his personal essays published of late, ventures into new territory Friday, June 19.

He is part of the lineup of storytellers at The MOuTH, a Moth-like event at The Mark Twain House & Museum. It’s hosted by WNPR producer and photographer Chion Wolf.

The theme is “On Vacation! Stories About What Went Down When You Put Your Feet Up.

Tickets are $5 and the event begins at 7:30 p.m.


Rinker Rides And Writes Again

Rinker Buck, the former longtime Courant staff writer, is not afraid to travel long distances for an uncertain reward. So on July 2 he will travel from northwestern Connecticut to Madison to talk about his new book, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey.

As most of Rinker’s friends in journalism know, he and his brother took a covered wagon cross country retracing the famous Oregon Trail; and Rinker, of course, wrote about it. The work has gotten some good early reviews, he reports.

Rinker will be at the R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443 July 2 at 7 p.m.

Rinker’s first book was about his cross-country flight in a small aircraft.

His next mode of travel writing has yet to be determined.

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