LEGACY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES REMEMBER UTAH STATE LEGEND MERLIN OLSEN
The Herald Journal
JANUARY 13-19, 2017
January 13-19, 2017
COVER 6 Friends and relatives remember USU football legend Merlin Olsen
THE ARTS 4 BYU’s Vocal Point set to perform in Dayton, Idaho
4 Jazz guitarist coming for
special show at Utah State
4 Beaver Mountain Music
Festival announces dates
5 New quilt exhibit to open at Brigham City Museum
5 Ned LeDoux to headine
2017 Cowboy Rendezvous
MOVIES 3 One and a half stars:
Wahlberg’s ‘Patriots Day’ too much like action movie
8 Newcomer Jackson
Storm ready to jump on Pixar’s track in ‘Cars 3’
8 George Lucas settles on
Los Angeles as location for mammoth new museum
9 Two stars: Affleck back
as director and actor in new movie ‘Live By Night’
CALENDAR 11 See what’s happening this week in Cache Valley
Amy Adams, right, and her daughter Aviana Le Gallo kiss her star at a ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo) On the cover: The rising sun colors the sky above the statue of legendary Aggie football player Merlin Olsen at Maverik Stadium. (Jeff Hunter/Herald Journal)
FROM THE EDITOR Is it safe to go outside yet? I have to admit, thanks to some horrible timing, there were more than a few moments over the past seven or eight days when I wasn’t quite certain I would still be around to write this week’s Cache Magazine column. For some reason, I decided to come down with a brutal case of the flu on Tuesday night, just as the snowflakes started to fly around our lovely little valley. That meant that when I needed to be at my best —
and strongest — I was at my worst. And definitely my weakest as the snow fell. And fell. And fell. Just clearing off enough snow to get cars in and out of the driveway on Wednesday was about enough to kill me. Then it didn’t help that the temperature suddenly dropped down to Antarctica levels, making it hard to move any more snow, just as I started to feel better. Then there was more snow — and a whole lot of rain — just as I was getting geared up for a medical procedure. So, needless to say, there is no way I’m going to complain about another cold, gray winter day considering that no more snow is slated to come out of the sky again until
the middle of next week, and the temperatures are relatively balmly. I guess that’s the plus side of all this wicked winter weather. Something pretty epic would have to happen between now and early March to match what we’ve already been through, so high temperatures that barely reach the 20s actually feel relatively warm. And any day you don’t have to shovel a ton or so of snow has to be regarded as a good day. Assuming, of course, that our infamous inversion doesn’t get out of hand. Then we’ll be tempted to pray for more snow, whether we have a place to put it or not. — Jeff Hunter
‘Patriots Day’ too focused on action Wahlberg stars in movie about Boston bomb attack in 2013 Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon” was a taut, basedon-a-true-story thriller that showed his ability to deliver the goods while also paying tribute to the film’s real-life subjects. But “Patriots Day,” another Berg-helmed, true-story adaption, goes the opposite direction. “Patriots Day” is the harrowing story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the race to find the bombers the Tsarnaev brothers. Putting aside the fact that it still feels a little too soon for a rah-rah America movie based off this horrible tragedy — many Bostonians were not happy with Berg and company filming scenes for “Patriots Day” during the 2016 marathon — “Patriots Day” simply does a poor job recounting the events with any sort of dignity. It opts for a slick action-movie feel that seems to miss the point entirely. Here Berg and his team of writers have decided it’s best that Mark Wahlberg’s character Sgt. Tommy Saunders simply be a fictional character who is a composite of numerous police officers who worked the event and were involved in the manhunt. While this makes sense
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By Aaron Peck Cache movie critic
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all MIxeD up
Above, Mark Wahlberg stars in “Patriots Day,” out in wide release this weekend. Left, Kevin Bacon, left, Wahlberg and John Goodman share a scene in the movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
★ ‘Patriots day’ director // Peter Berg Starring // Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, Jimmy O. Yang, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Vincent Curatola, Michael Beach rated // R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use
from a time-crunch perspective (you can only fit so much information and characters into 130 minutes), it doesn’t make sense when you’re trying to provide a fitting cinematic tribute to the victims and first responders. The movie’s main focus on this fictional guy distracts from the characters portraying real
people, real victims. Here’s the problem. Saunders is improbably involved every step of the way. He’s at the bombing, he joins the task force, he’s the first on scene when the police find the man the Tsarnaevs carjacked and he’s there for the whole blood-soaked shootout. That’s not that big of an
issue, but because Wahlberg is playing a fictional person the part seems written more like an action hero than Regular Joe policeman hunting down bad guys. In fact, that’s a huge problem with this movie. Here we are watching a movie about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil — one that’s still fresh in the the public’s mind — and Berg’s characters are quipping like they’re remaking “Die Hard.” During the shootout one police officer yells, “Welcome to Watertown, (expletive)!” and you can’t help but wonder what’s going on here. You get the feeling that Berg is trying desperately to display the hard-nosed no-
nonsense attitudes of Bostonians, which is fine. Just don’t have all of them wisecracking their way through a serious movie about serious things. This isn’t “The Town,” but sometimes that’s what you feel like you’re watching. It’s slickly made and the shootout is pure Hollywood stuff action films are made of. However, Berg’s reverence for the events is completely lost in his attempt to make an exciting movie. Everything about the tone screams Hollywood action movie with a side of patriotism, which is a strange tact to take when dealing with such a somber, heart-wrenching event.
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all mixed up BYU’s Vocal Point set to perform in Dayton BYU’s Vocal Point will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Dahle Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Idaho. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children; they are available at wssd.k12.id.us/ index.php/district/arts. Vocal Point creates complex music and rhythms with only nine voices. They have percussion without drums. They have a rhythm section without a bass. The only instruments on stage
belong to the nine voices of the nationally renowned a cappella group Vocal Point. Winners of the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella in 2006 and from Brigham Young University, Vocal Point captures faithful audiences throughout the world with their stunning, highenergy performances and their elaborate, cinematographic music videos. Vocal Point was also one of the top five finalists on NBC’s nation-
ally televised competition “The Sing-Off” in 2011. With a wide range of vocal possibilities — and seeming impossibilities — these crowd-pleasers have it all: rock, pop, country, jazz, and R&B that makes their family-friendly concerts a showstopper. This nineman group takes the songs you are familiar with, retools them and delivers a new rendition, complete with all the complex instrumentation done entirely with BYU’s Vocal Point will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Dahle Performing Arts Center in Dayton. their mouths.
Jazz guitarist to play at USU Kurt Rosenwinkel, American jazz guitarist and keyboardist, will perform as part of the Utah State University Caine College of the Arts Visiting Artists and Scholars Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center. “Kurt has been an innovative voice in the world of jazz for more than two decades,” said Corey Christiansen, director of guitar studies in the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “His sound and approach to improvisation and composition has influenced countless guitarists around the world. It’s incredible that we are able to bring him here for a day of workshops and a concert. Our students are very fortunate to be able to work with Kurt and share in his knowledge and experience.” In Rosenwinkel’s career, he has worked with dynamic peers including Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Porter and esteemed jazz elders like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian and Gary Burton. Rosenwinkel’s indelible mark in music is the consummation of being steeped in the rich and deep traditions of jazz, springing off the shoulders of such vital underpinnings to elevate his own art to new heights, evolving the language in a way no other guitarist has since his arrival. “Bringing artists to our campus makes them feel ‘real’ to our students,” Christiansen said. “Hopefully, seeing
Caine College of the Arts
Renowned jazz guitarist and keyboardist Kurt Rosenwinkel will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Morgan Theatre at USU’s Chase Fine Arts Center.
and learning from artists of this caliber up close will inspire our students and help them understand and believe that they are capable of doing great things with the right work ethic.” Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 youth and USU faculty
and staff, and free for USU students with ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office located in room L-101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 797-8022 or visit cca.usu. edu.
Beaver Music Festival slated for Aug. 18-20 This year’s Beaver Mountain Music Festival is scheduled to be held Aug. 18-20 at Beaver Mountain Ski Area in Logan Canyon. “We are going to have an amazing event this year,” says event organizer Jason Christensen of Smile Productions. “We’ll have a state-of-the-art stage and sound system, 13 bands on the Main Stage, including four nationally touring acts, a children’s village to include hands-on musical instruments, a nonprofit organization fair and Beaver Mountain’s first mountain bike races. “We are striving to make this an event for everyone and have plenty of family-friendly fun available.” If you are involved with a nonprofit organization that would like to have a booth at this year’s festival, please contact Christensen at 8816917 or email@example.com to reserve your space. Leading up to this year’s festival, many of the performers slated to play at the event will also be performing at WhySound. Local electronic act Telepathiq will perform along with PINE and DJ Vission at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at WhySound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission is $6.
music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it’s one Ned LeDoux doesn’t mind standing in one bit. Having been a drummer in his father Chris LeDoux’s band Western Underground since 1998, Ned knew from an early age that he had “No Plan B” but to play music, “Once I got the taste of the road, and being in front of a crowd and just the sound of it, it was ... freedom,” he says. The timing couldn’t be more right for Ned to pick up a guitar and belt out “Western Skies;” it has been over 10 years since Chris LeDoux passed and he believes people
want to hear something new. Ned has boxes of song ideas his dad never finished and is digging through those for inspiration, “I will kind of stick with what dad used to do but bring my own stuff to the table.” In July 2015, Ned traveled to Nashville with some of those unfinished songs and met up with Mac McAnally to put that inspiration to work. Mac produced Chris’ last two studio records and wrote his hit “Horsepower,” so the collaboration with Ned was a natural fit and lead to the first new Chris LeDoux co-write in nearly two decades.
On tour, you’re guaranteed to hear “This Cowboy’s Hat” — the song most requested by his fans and a request Ned is honored to oblige. His personal favorite song to sing though is one called “You Can’t Tell Me We Ain’t Got It All.” It’s the first original song Ned co-wrote with his dad and seems to pick up right where Chris left off. And thankfully there is more to come as there is a new voice to carry on the LeDoux sound. Michael Martin Murphey will be headlining Friday night’s Cowboy Family Dance, while the Friday night Cowboy Opry will feature
some of the school performers, including Gary Allegretto, Ernie Sites, Ed Peekeekoot and poet Marleen Bussma. The Saturday matinee will feature Grammy-ominated songster Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell, “The Bard & the Balladeer.” All concert ticket prices are $10 to $50; dance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children. Cowboy Opry tickets are $1 for children and $10 for adults. Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cachevalleycowboyrendezvous.com.
Quilt exhibit opening soon COMING UP
‘Journey’ to Brigham City
Brigham City show on display starting Jan. 28 at museum
A kaleidoscope in fabric, minus the mirrors and bits of glass, awaits visitors to the Brigham City Museum during the Utah Quilt Guild’s Ruby Jubilee Exhibition, which will be on display Jan. 28 through March 25. Admission to the exhibit is free. More than 40 chapters in the guild, which is celebrating its 40th birthday, are represented in the exhibition. Barbara Walsh of Woodland Hills coordinated the event. Walsh, a past president of the guild, says, “Our organization is the first state quilting guild organized in America.” The quilts in the exhibition are an optical, design phenomenon with their different shapes, textures, lines, depths, tones and space. Even though the quilts are all red and white, the reds differ in hue, saturation and brilliance. Workmanship on a quilt varies from one person to round-robin participation. In one instance, a competition was held in one of the chapters, and the viewers’ choice was submitted for the exhibit. . Marathon sessions at sewing
The Brigham City Museum of Art and History exists to acquire and to treasure important works of art. The museum’s current exhibit “An Art Journey through Time” features masterworks from its extensive, permanent collection on show Nov. 12 through Jan. 21. The museum is located at 24 N. 300 West in Brigham City. Admission is free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For further information, please phone (435) 226-1439 or brighamcitymuseum.org.
“Galileo” by Helen Butler
machines and long hours of handsewing produced quilts titled “Squiggles and Squares,” “English Ivy” and “Red Yo-yo Mania.” The museum is located at 24 N. 300 West in Brigham City. Hours
are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (435) 2261439 or visit brighamcitymuseum. org.
Logan’s Summerfest Arts Faire is now accepting applications from visual artists, performers and food vendors for its 2017 festival, which will take place June 15-17. The deadline for applications is Feb. 18. Performers and food vendors wishing to participate can apply at logansummerfest.com. Visual artists and craftspeople may apply through Zapplication, an online arts application service at zapplication.org. All links are on the Summerfest website. In addition, applications are now being accepted from artists interested in being Summerfest’s featured artist this year. Each year, one artist is selected to be the fair’s featured artist. That artist’s work appears on the festival’s posters and other publicity, and the selected artist receives a free booth. Applications are being accepted from interested artists who live anywhere in Utah and selected counties in surrounding states. The art pieces submitted for consideration must depict some aspect of Cache Valley or Summerfest. The application deadline is Jan. 16.
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The Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous is pleased to announce its lineup for the seventh annual event slated to he held March 3-5 at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum. Headlining this year’s event will be Ned LeDoux, Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell and Michael Martin Murphey. Also returning and aiding in the CVCR Educational Outreach program will be Trinity Seely, Ernie Sites, Gary Allegretto, Ed Peekeekoot, Clive Romney and Sam DeLeeuw. Saturday night’s concert at the Cowboy Rendezvous will feature Ned Ledoux. In country
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MAGICAL MERLIN the incredible life of logan native merlin olsen
hen Robert “Robbie” Lynn Olsen was in middle school, he recorded his uncle at the end of his voice mail saying, “This is Merlin Olsen, and I approve this message.” As the youngest of Merlin’s 45 nieces and nephews, Robbie is finishing his last year at Utah State University, just like his uncle did more than 50 years ago. “Being able to go to the student-athlete center and see an entire wall filled with memorabilia from my uncle, it makes you feel really good,” Robbie said. Merlin Olsen is an National Football League Hall of Famer, was selected to play in the Pro Bowl for 14 seasons, starred in TV series “Little House on the Prairie” and “Father Murphy,” and also worked as a sports commentator for NBC and CBS. “The fact that he attended Utah State and went on to accomplish all the great things that he did, I think is really great,” Robbie said. “There’s a legacy there.” But Merlin’s legacy didn’t just start as a young college student. According to Merlin’s younger brother Phil, the legacy Merlin left behind began in the first house on Canyon Road in Logan. In 1946, after moving 18 times in eight years, Merlin’s parents returned to Cache Valley, planting their feet with their nine children in a three-bedroom house. Both USU graduates, Merlin’s parents, Lynn and Merle, opened their one-bathroom home to their neighborhood and more. Phil remembers their father, a soil science professor at USU, bringing home students for dinner and holidays, and their mother, an elementary education graduate, tutoring their football
teammates. “We had nine of us, but my mother raised half the neighborhood,” Phil said. In the winter, Merlin and his brothers shared their home with ice skaters from the park. Merlin’s youngest brother and Robbie’s father, Orrin, wrote in an email that their mother would put down sheets of plywood leading from their front door to the bathroom, allowing ice skaters to walk in while wearing their skates. After ice skating all day, Phil said the Olsen brothers would “tromp” straight to the dining room table for dinner. They went almost every day during the winter months. About five years ago, the Olsen home was torn down and turned into a small public park known as Lynn and Merle Olsen Park. After graduating from Logan High School, Merlin turned down Stanford to attend USU, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in finance in 1961, and a master’s in economics in 1971. It was at Utah State that Merlin met and married his wife, Susan Wakley, in 1962. They later had three children, Nathan, Jill and Kelly. Ross Peterson, who went to USU with Merlin and later served on the university’s foundation board with him, said Merlin was very involved in campus activities. Merlin was an honor student, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, ROTC, and lettered three years in defensive tackle. “He was just a natural, big, strong leader,” Peterson said. “He could have been successful at anything, not just because of his brain power, but his will to do well.” Merlin’s will power was dem-
onstrated early on when, in ninth grade, he tried out for the basketball team and didn’t make it. The basketball coach told Merlin he was not cut out for athletics and should get into the arts instead. “He wasn’t perfect,” Phil said. “He was a normal guy. He made his mistakes, he had foibles and he would be the first one to admit that.” Instead of letting his failure prevent him from achieving his goals, Merlin worked hard to accomplish great things. “He just kept trying and was very determined, focused and was wiling to put in the effort to where he wanted to be,” Orrin said. That hard work and determination paid off. In 1961 he won the Outland Trophy for the best college lineman that year. As the first Aggie picked in the first round of the NFL draft, Merlin played defensive tackle, jersey no. 74, for the Los Angeles Rams from 1962 to 1976. In 1962, Merlin’s parents traveled to California to watch him play for the Rams. Phil said it was his parents’ first time attending a professional football game. Playing against the Baltimore Colts, the Rams were losing by a substantial margin. While Merlin was sitting on the bench, his father tapped him on the shoulder and explained they would be leaving early to beat traffic. Suddenly, Merlin realized he was the only one from the Rams defense not on the field. As he sprinted out to his team, “he got about halfway out there and he realized there was someone running along right beside him,” Phil said. “He turned and looked, and it was our Dad. Merlin stopped and said, “Dad you can’t be out here.” And
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so my Dad said, “Oh my goodness, I thought the game was over and we were going out to shake hands with the other players from the other team.” In the 1970s, Phil joined Merlin to play for the Rams and Orrin was drafted to play one season for the Kansas City Chiefs. “It’s the only time in NFL history that brothers played side by side, so that was special,” Phil said. “When Orrin was playing in the middle of the 1970s, it’s one of the few times in NFL history that three brothers were all playing at the same time.” Following their football careers, Merlin and Phil worked together for 12 years as NBC Sports commentators. “We did over 100 NFL games together. We did 11 Rose Bowls, three Super Bowls and two Fiesta bowls, and we were business partners for 35 years,” said Phil. From 1970 to 1988, Merlin, who appeared in the 1969 John Wayne film “The Undefeated,” also took to acting more seriously, playing the role of Jonathan Garvey in “Little House on the Prairie” and starring as the main character, John Michael Murphy, in “Father Murphy,” which lasted two seasons. “I was watching one of the ‘Father Murphy’ segments where, in that series, he’s helping in an orphanage and he takes a couple of the boys fishing,” Orrin said. “I’ve been fishing with Merlin many times and it was fun to see him just acting naturally with these boys as he was helping them have a good experience in the outdoors. See MERLIN on Page 11
Clockwise from above: The nine children of Lynn and Merle Olsen pose for a portrait. (Orrin Olsen) Lynn, Orrin and Merlin after a fishing trip to Tony Grove Lake in Logan Canyon. (Orrin Olsen) A cast photo from “The Undefeated.” (Orrin Olsen) Merlin was an All America selection in 1960 and ’61. (USU Special Collections) Utah State honored Merlin by naming the field at Romney Stadium after him in 2009. (Jeff Hunter) Merlin was in the ROTC while a student at Utah State. (USU Special Collections) Merlin was a three-time letterman at defensive tackle. (USU Special Collections)
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Jackson Storm tries to dominate in ‘Cars 3’ DETROIT (AP) — The third movie in Disney Pixar’s “Cars” animated series features an aggressive newcomer to the race circuit who challenges wily veteran Lightning McQueen.
Pixar unveiled new character Jackson Storm and gave away some of the plot for “Cars 3” on Sunday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It also drove out a life-
“McQueen starts to feel old-fashioned,” said Jay Ward, creative director for the Cars series. In the original 2006 movie, McQueen is the brash young newcomer who takes over the Piston Cup circuit. Now he’s about to be supplanted by the cocky Storm. As the season progresses, McQueen’s generation of friends is replaced by newer models. There’s also a new AP Photo female character named Pixar’s Jay Ward, left and Jay Shuster, unveil a newcomer to the “Cars” series named Jackson Storm Sunday in Detroit. Cruz Ramirez, a yellow coupe who is McQueen’s trainer as he tries to make sized version of McQueen Jackson Storm, has an a comeback. with new red paint and angular, lower look Ward said Pixar wanted decals that will stay in and a sinister-looking to capture what NASDetroit through the public black body that makes CAR race cars would portion of the show. the rounded and upright look like in the future The new character, McQueen look old.
when it began designing the Jackson Storm car. The studio turned to J Mays, former chief of design at Ford Motor Co. for help with the initial sketches. They came up with the low black body that makes McQueen look obsolete. Pixar showed a clip of the movie from the final race in the Piston Cup series. Storm approaches McQueen toward the end of the race and tells him “Don’t worry pal, you had a good run,” before roaring into the lead. McQueen pursues, spins out and goes airborne. What happens at the end will have to wait until the movie hits theaters in June.
Lucas decides on L.A. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The force, it seems, was with Los Angeles. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and his team chose LA over San Francisco on Tuesday as the home of a museum that will showcase his life’s work and huge film history collection. After what organizers called “extensive due diligence and deliberation,” they announced that the museum will be built in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, where it will sit alongside other more traditional museums including the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Lucas has been trying See LUCAS on Page 9
Lucas Continued from Page 8 to build the museum, called The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, for nearly a decade, and is financing the project by himself with plans to spend over $1 billion. It will house an extensive personal collection that includes 40,000 paintings, illustrations
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and film-related items. The project became the subject of a rivalry between the two California cities, with San Francisco offering Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay as a home for the new museum. “We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process,” the organizers
said in a statement. Lucas has ties to both areas, and good reason to choose either. He is an alumnus of the film school at the University of Southern California, which is right across the street from the museum site, but he also has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his life. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement after the decision that “mil-
lions of Angelenos and visitors will enjoy an extraordinary collection anchored in storytelling — an art that carries so much meaning in the history and legacy of Los Angeles.” The museum gets its pick from about 30,000 film-related pieces including storyboards and costumes from “The Wizard of Oz,” ‘’Casablanca” and of course “Star Wars.”
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to its bare essentials. They meet, fall in love, and that’s that. There’s no buildup to it. Like everything else in the movie it feels rushed. It’s so worried about getting to where it’s intending to go that it doesn’t take its time to show us how it got there. There are certain things from Lehane’s book that would be downright difficult, or impossible, to Affleck’s version of accurately portray in Coughlin’s life feels hola two-hour movie. low. It’s well-directed, well-shot and the produc- In all honesty, Joe Coughlin’s life story tion values are stunning, AP Photo but so much of the best would’ve been right at Ben Affeck, left, and Sienna Miller share a scene in “Live By Night.” stuff from Lehane’s origi- home as a mini-series on HBO. The story is nal story were seemingly wonder how Joe and his episodic in such a way left on the cutting-room dad can even stand talking floor. that a movie simply to each other. In the movie Chief among the probcannot adequately fit it’s simplified. It loses its everything in. lems is Joe’s relationship mystery and impact. Director // Ben Affleck Now don’t get me with a beautiful Cuban The novel has an epic Starring // Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan wrong, it’s not a reqwoman named Grafeel to it, covering mulGleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Clark Gregg, uisite that filmmakers ciela (Zoe Saldana). It’s tiple years as Joe rises Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Cooper, Zoe Saldana, include everything a romance in the book from a low-life thug pullRated // R for strong violence, language that catches the reader by included in the novel ing small-time jobs to one surprise. You don’t expect in the movie. “Live By throughout, and some sexuality/nudity of the richest gangsters in such affecting romance to Night” simply casts Florida. There’s a fascinathis book counterpart. gold, and a father (Brenaside the best stuff, be found in a story about Coughlin is the main dan Gleeson) who happens ing subplot with him facand in doing so fails to mobsters, guns and bootcharacter. He doesn’t like to be high up in the Boston ing down the KKK in the enlighten us as to what leg rum. Deep South and becoming to think of himself as a Police Department. The a strange purveyor of civil Here, however, the love really motivates these criminal. No, he’s an out- two of them don’t see story is whittled down characters. rights in the Tampa area, law. At least that’s what quite eye to eye. he tells himself to assuage This is a relationship in but the movie ignores the his conscience. Joe is a the book that drives much gravitas that Lehane’s mobster with a heart of of the narrative as we story possesses.
The Reel Place Aaron Peck
Movies adapted from novels will, most of the time, be found lacking. There’s only so much you can fit into a featurelength movie, whereas novels have room to breathe and expound. It’s unrealistic to expect an adaption to meet all our expectations, but Ben Affleck’s treatment of Dennis Lehane’s novel feels even more hamstrung than most lackluster adaptions. Lehane’s novel paints a vivid picture of the Prohibition Era, and the gangsters who ran things during that time. He peppers his world with deep, vibrant characters who have real, honest interactions. The novel isn’t so much a mob story as it is a story about fascinating characters who just so happen to be engaging in organized crime. Affleck’s screenplay, instead, strips away the deep layers of character and puts forth a straightforward tale about the mafia and bad men who do bad things. He extracts the motivation of characters like Joe Coughlin (Affleck) and distills them down to bland archetypes. Coughlin is a lot less tortured soul, and that makes him less thought-provoking than
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The seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Remembrance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Logan Tabernacle. Sponsored by Cache Community Connections, join us for readings and song celebrating Dr. King and help “light the fire of compassion and love.” Local community members will share thoughts on equality and excerpts from Dr. King’s letters and speeches. For more information, call 535-5296. The event is free and open to everyone. Oli K will perform along with Silver & Gold, Overslept, Scott Ferrin and Joshua Claflin at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at WhySound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission is $7. Visit whysound.com for more information. Hardware Ranch WMA offers a unique opportunity to get up close to wild Rocky Mountain elk on a horse-drawn sleigh begin-
Merlin Continued from Page 7 It was just the way he was with his own family, his grandchildren, and his nieces, nephews and others.” Though Merlin enjoyed football and fame, he never forgot his family or his alma mater. Through the years, Orrin said Merlin would send home boxes of clothes he didn’t need any more. “I think I was probably 40-something and I was still getting boxes of stuff every once in a while from Merlin,” Orrin said. “You’d think you’d grow out of that, but I still enjoyed getting Merlin hand-me-downs, even in my 40s.” Peterson said Merlin continually gave money to the USU athletic program and the school of business, and donated to student scholarships. Every summer for eight
ning Dec. 9, and running through Feb. 27, 2017. Hardware Ranch is open Mondays and Fridays from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are sold in the visitors center. Tickets are $5 for ages 9 and up; $3 children ages 4-8 and children 3 and under are free. Visit wildlife. utah.gov/hardwareranch for more information.
SATURDAY The Cache Valley Eagles are hosting charity bingo with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 170 W. 900 North. Proceeds going to the fight against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Everyone 21 and over is welcome. Associated Food Stores, in partnership with Intermountain Healthcare LiVe Well and the Utah Department of Health, has implemented a LiVe Well Lane check stand in all 43 of its
years, Merlin and Phil hosted the “Olsen Brothers All-Sports Camp” at USU. They brought 250 to 300 boys, a few girls, NFL players and coaches together for a week to teach and learn about football, wrestling and track. “He exemplified throughout his life the values he developed from living here and being from here, and never forgetting the place,” Peterson said. “The concept of loyalty and giving back was huge to him.” After years on the receiving end of Merlin’s generosity, his alma mater announced during a men’s basketball game in 2009 that the university would give back to him. The playing surface at what was then known as Romney Stadium, would be named Merlin Olsen Field, and a larger-than-life statue of Merlin would be erected at the stadium’s southeast entrance. Merlin personally asked Blair Buswell, a Hall of Fame traditional sculptor and
grocery stores this month. Locally, that includes the Macey’s in Logan. The clearly marked LiVe Well Lanes feature only healthy fruits and snacks hand-selected by dietitians. An introductory event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 49 E. 400 North. Activities will include face painting and games for kids, healthy-snack giveaways and sampling, educational booths on healthy eating from Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital and Bear River Health Department, and more. A Princess Party benefitting The Family Place will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Castle Manor, 170 W. 3900 North in Hyde Park. Admission is $40 and includes one adult entry. Experience a magical night with Elsa, Anna, Cinderella, Rapunzel and so many more of your favorite princesses. Dress in your best gown and enjoy a tea party, crafts and a royal ball.
All princesses in attendance will receive a tiara and a wand. To register, visit the familyplaceutah. org/events. Call 752-8880 for more information. Gold Season will perform along with Not Nearly and Go For Broke at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at WhySound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission is $7. Visit whysound.com for more information.
SUNDAY The Post-Mormon Community is a non-sectarian organization of individuals and families who have left Mormonism. The Cache Valley chapter meets for dinner and socializing at a local restaurant at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday evening. Newcomers welcome. For more information call Jeff at 770-4263 or visit our website at postmormon.org/logan.
TUESDAY Kurt Rosenwinkel, American
Merlin Olsen portrayed former Confederate soldier Little George in “The Undefeated,” a 1969 Western starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. (Photo courtesy of Orrin Olsen)
long-time friend, to make his monument — the first Buswell had ever done for the state of Utah. “We decided on the expression and how he wanted to be portrayed,” Buswell said. “I said, what kind of expression do you want? Do you want to bite someone’s
head off? He said, ‘No, I want to be happy I’m there cause that’s my hometown. That’s where I grew up. I want to be proud that I was an Aggie.’” At the time, Merlin was going through chemotherapy treatments for peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer in the
jazz guitarist and keyboardist, will perform as part of the Utah State University Caine College of the Arts Visiting Artists and Scholars Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 youth and USU faculty and staff, and free for USU students with ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office located in room L-101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 7978022 or visit cca.usu.edu.
WEDNESDAY WhySlam will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at WhySound, 30 Federal Ave. WhySlam is Logan’s all ages, free-speech, competitive poetry slam. All members of the community are welcome to come perform, judge or just enjoy. Admission is $6. Visit whysound.com for more information.
lungs. Before the sculpture was finished, Merlin passed away on March 11, 2010 at the age of 69. “He really felt like he had lived his life and had done the kind of things the he wanted to do,” Phil said. To finish the statue, Buswell had Orrin pose in his old football gear to capture the Olsen forearms and calves. “I really felt honored to be able to stand there and kind of represent Merlin in that way as he put in the final touches on the arms, legs, hands and those things,” Orrin said. “It was a neat thing.” Now, six years later, Merlin’s statue stands tall, welcoming thousands of Aggies each football season to Maverik Stadium. “It’s cool to be able to point to something that’s tangible and physical, that’s a reminder of something that a member of my family has accomplished,” Robbie said. “I hope that I might be able to accomplish something of equal value.”
The Herald Journal, Logan, Utah, Friday, January 13, 2017
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The Herald Journal, Logan, Utah, Friday, January 13, 2017
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CrossworD By Myles Mellor and Sally York Across 1. Volume of the world 6. Diego Rivera wall work 11. Club’s cousin 14. Overhead contents 18. Sizable slice 19. Empty 20. Word with guard or admiral 22. Metis patriot 23. “Downton Abbey” star 25. In an irritated way 27. Shepherds’ charges 28. Wiener schnitzel ingredient 29. On the mattress 31. Did a carpenter’s chore 32. You might pass it on your way home 34. It’s creepy 35. Subject to mildew, perhaps 36. Frozen treat brand 39. Laugh line, e.g. 42. Biblical disposition 46. D.C.’s Pennsylvania ___ 47. Swine confines 48. ATM user’s annoyance 49. Salad vegetables 52. Carrot, on occasion 54. Kind of season 55. Corrections 56. Aero finish 57. “Grease 2” star 62. Losing come-out roll in craps 63. Imposed a tax 64. “___ Yeller” 65. Yeasty brew 66. Slender cat 68. Day divisions (abbr.) 69. Movable property, in law 73. Big blast maker 74. Admit, with “on” 75. Baby talk for number 2 76. “My Name Is Asher ___’’ (Potok novel) 77. “American Hustle” star 84. Ring icon
85. Sum 86. Witch’s work 87. “If all ___ fails ...” 89. Metal conductor used in radar 91. Org. known as the Company 92. Tax-time VIP 95. Copy 96. Kind of light 97. Amen prompter 99. Chemistry: bivalent radical CO group 101. Greek goddess of youth 104. 1981 Grammy winner for “Double Fantasy” 105. False identity 106. Posthumous Janis Joplin album 108. Countries in special alliance 110. “God of War” god 111. Lead-in for ‘’graph’’ or ‘’legal’’ 115. Breakable 117. She famously played “The Queen” 120. Computer architecture acronym 121. Hair style for Marie Antoinette 122. Incited, with “on” 123. Above board, slangily 124. Molding in an S shape 125. Works on a wall 126. Flies upward 127. Rhone’s capital Down 1. Culmination 2. Easing of tensions 3. Bobsled cousin 4. Feelings of anxiety 5. Follow a Vail trail 6. Penurious 7. Like a teen’s bed, probably 8. Wading bird 9. Grasshopper’s fable colleague 10. French seaport 11. Hillside by a loch 12. Give, for now 13. Shoe color, often 14. Suds producer
15. Press secretary, e.g. 16. Turn bulls into steers 17. Stealthy 21. ____ Parks (US civil rights heroine) 24. Dispossess 26. November veggie 30. “Later!” 33. Pronoun on a towel 34. Get a slick winter coat 35. Joe without the buzz 36. Playmate 37. An egg, to Caesar 38. Gilpin of “Frasier” 40. Tart 41. Search for the perfect wave, say 43. Draw close 44. Gardener’s need 45. Home for Ibsen 48. Departed quickly 50. Beehive State tribe 51. Damage or deface 53. Brilliant success 54. Turn tail 55. Stunning swimmers 58. Pants part 59. 1965 #1 hit “___ of Destruction” 60. “__ for Lawless’’ 61. Piano’s opposite 65. Make a full apology 66. Certain monuments 67. Like some studies 68. Pick up 69. Soft-soap 70. “And ___!” 71. Calendar month, abbr. 72. Ring bearer, maybe 74. Eye enhancer 75. __ bargain 76. Croquet field 77. Pricey wheels, familiarly 78. “Down under” fowl 79. Babble 80. Art class model 81. Safari-goers may get a charge out of it 82. Tribal unit 83. Get a glimpse 88. Sinuous sea creature 90. Add attractions 91. Sea shells
92. First day of the month, in ancient Rome 93. Rainbow maker 94. Legal org. 98. Meadow call 99. Workaholic’s concern 100. Seabird 102. Energy unit 103. Radar screen light 106. Hardly a libertine 107. Hardship’s opposite 108. Smudge, in a way 109. Port at sea? 110. Bit of pond scum 112. Ben Affleck film 113. Control device 114. Dot and Flik, in “A Bug’s Life” 115. Returning, in a way 116. Suffocating serpent 118. Often-inflated item 119. Neighbor of Wis.
Cache Magazine calendar items are due Tuesday by 5 p.m. They will also run for free in The Herald Journal one to two days prior to the event. Calendar items can be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any press releases or photos for events listed in the first half of Cache Magazine can be sent to email@example.com. Poems and photos can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and run on a space-available basis if selected.
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