Theresa On Fire, Figuratively Speaking

Loretta Waldman sends this:

Thought current and former Courant folks might enjoy this news. Theresa Sullivan Barger has a story in this month’s issue of Family Circle – a first person account of her son’s Type I diabetes diagnosis. It comes on the heels of another story she had in the New York Times in July. Girlfriend is on fire.

TheresaB_FC story 11.14


Emergency! Writer Needed

Norine Schiller has received a plea from a friend who needs a writer fast:
Here is what he says:
I am trying to find writers for a series of books and am having trouble finding people for the subject matter. The series is on Dangerous Drugs and includes subjects such as anti-anxiety drugs.

Do you know anyone who might be willing to write such a book for middle schoolers? The word count for these titles is 8,000 and the pay is $1,500 (I can’t do anything about the fee).

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. The first one is due in December.

The hiring editor is Fletcher Doyle, Senior Editor at Cavendish Square Publishing, and his work email address is Anyone who contacts him should mention to him that they heard about this through Norine.

Celebrate Cliff Teutsch’s life at Friday remembrance

This from Cliff Teutsch’s family:


Thank you all for the kind words and support during the last few days.  Believe us when we say, it has meant a lot.   Cliff was never one for pomp and circumstance and so we will not be having any formal funeral services.  However, we would like to invite you to come to the Lyceum (227 Lawrence St, Hartford, CT 06106) this Friday, October 17 from 5:00-7:30ish for an informal gathering in order to remember him.  Join us to share some food and drink and any Cliff stories you may have.  Again, thank you all for your recent thoughts.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

With gratitude and affection,
Patrice, Hannah, and Matt


Cliff Teutsch’s Death Brings Shock And Sorrow

Cliff at a happier time in the newsroom, congratulating then-State Editor Lynne DeLucia after the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for the March 1998 lottery shootings. (Tom Brown photo)

Word of Cliff Teutsch’s death ripped through the ranks of Connecticut journalists like an electric shock Friday.

The news no doubt stunned and saddened the scores of us, perhaps hundreds, whose lives Cliff touched while serving as managing editor and editor of The Hartford Courant.

Unlike some of the people in charge of the Courant newsroom through the years, Cliff was someone who was almost universally liked and respected. He led the place at a terrible time in its history, maintaining his composure, decency, and integrity at a time when Sam Zell and his pack of hounds were fouling the air on a daily basis.

In the end, rather than drink an ethically bankrupt corporation’s Kool-Aid, he left the company in May of 2009, sensing perhaps that his self-respect was more valuable than a paycheck, and perhaps thinking that he had no stomach for the additional misery that soon would be visited upon his fellow journalists.

At the time of his departure, Cliff wrote a heart-felt letter to his colleagues, explaining his decision to leave. I re-read it today, and it reminded me anew how much class and character Cliff Teutsch had.  Here it is. Here is his remembrance in the Courant, too, by Matt Kauffman.

Cliff dove below the radar after his resignation. His loss to Connecticut journalism at that time was a terrible and regrettable one.

His death today even more so.

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