09/10 KEN BURNS SET FOR DOUBLE-HEADER
The famed filmmaker offers a preview of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (which debuts 9/27 on WGBH) tonight at the Museum of Science. But those who prefer ballparks to big parks, stay tuned: Next fall comes Burns’s follow-up to his 1994 Baseball series, which will look at the sport’s evolution in an era of labor disputes and steroids—and reportedly will close with a shot of the lights slowly going out at Fenway.
09/11 NIKE SPOILS BIG DAY FOR THE LITTLE GUY
Today’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, featuring supreme sporting-goods pitchman Michael Jordan, was supposed to have been a huge moment for Westwood’s SportsFuzion. Having sewn up licensing rights for all things related to the Springfield-based Hall of Fame back in 2006, the small sportswear company was primed for massive sales of gear related to MJ’s induction. Unfortunately, Nike had the same idea, and got together with the Hall on a Jordan line of its own. In June, SportsFuzion filed suit seeking more than $10 million in damages; until the courts can sort things out, the champagne at SportsFuzion headquarters will remain corked.
09/13 IS BOSTON SCIENTIFIC GETTING ITS MOJO BACK?
As conferences go, the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America doesn’t sound like a feel-good confab. Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if you hear cheers coming from the Hynes Convention Center today, when struggling medical-device giant Boston Scientific is expected to release a study that could prove the effectiveness of a new product designed to combat heart failure.
Bright spots have been in short supply for the Natick-based company, which in the past few years has battled a string of product recalls, including those on a controversial collection of drug-coated cardiac stents. Even the acquisition of the new division that may end up producing the aforementioned breakthrough was widely mocked by industry observers. But the recent arrival of new CEO Ray Elliott was met with a welcome rise in stock price, and company brass are hoping that good news today can further revive the once-flatlining firm.
09/13 THE DAY WHEN CAMBRIDGE COMES ALIVE
If nothing else, the annual Cambridge Carnival is a great upender of the stereotype that Cantabrigians are nothing but overeducated sticks-in-the-mud. The Caribbean-themed festival is like Mardi Gras on the Charles, drawing thousands decked out in everything from feather boas to bejeweled bras.
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN
Channel 7 investigative reporter, novelist
When she’s not sniffing out real-life crimes against consumers, the veteran TV journalist tackles fictitious capers as an author. Her third book, Air Time, hits stores this month.
During the day, I’ll be working on broadcast stories as usual. And when I get home, I write till 10. Then my husband and I sit down and have dinner. I used to make elaborate meals, but cooking was the first thing to go when I started writing. Now my dear, supportive husband eats a lot of pizza and carryout—still, we always eat it together.
I’m on the board of directors of the Lyric Stage Company. Our first production of the year is Kiss Me, Kate. I’ll be there on opening night [9/4], of course.
My final edits are due for my fourth book, Drive Time, in mid-September. I’m also a judge for next year’s Edgar Awards [the mystery genre's highest honor], so I have to read dozens and dozens of books. I like to sit out by my pool and power through the stacks.
Our 12th wedding anniversary is coming up this month. We took our wedding pictures at the Public Garden, so we like to walk over to sit on our bench and visit the ducks. AS TOLD TO BRIGID SWEENEY, Illustration by David Johnson