A Lifetime of Helping Others

A Lifetime of Helping Others Actor and Visionary Award Recipient Joe Mantegna Makes His Mark in Many Ways, Including on Veterans’ Causes   BY ALEX BEN BLOCK Next May, Joe Mantegna, the Tony Award-winning actor and star of the CBS show “Criminal Minds,” will co-host the National Memorial Day Concert. It will mark the 15th consecutive year that he will help present a star-studded tribute to those who served in the military. However, for a second year he will not be accompanied by a favorite uncle, Willie Novelli. The World…

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The Q Factor

The Q Factor A Lifetime of Leadership and Activism Earns Quincy Jones the Press Club’s Visionary Award   BY TED JOHNSON The recent documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On” tells the story of ailing 93-year-old jazz great Clark Terry as he mentors a young blind jazz pianist, Justin Kauflin. Terry’s first student was a then-13-year- old Quincy Jones, who at 81 is also one of the film’s producers. Not only does the project recognize the importance of legacy in the jazz world, it reflects one of Jones’ most famous quotes: “Imagine…

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A Great Actor, An Even Better Person

A Great Actor, An Even Better Person For Press Club Visionary Award Recipient Forrest Whitaker, the Humanitarian Work is as Important as the Acting Accolades   BY TED JOHNSON Last August, dressed in a blue suit and blue tie, Forest Whitaker stood in the spot at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 50 years earlier to deliver his “I Have a Dream Speech.” Like King, Whitaker spoke to a crowd that had gathered at the base of the memorial. “Today I want to celebrate those nameless individuals…

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