Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Finally, a date for Nick Clooney tribute film

        Heard around town: “It won't go away. It just won't go away.

        “Not that I really want it to.”

        That would be Nina Clooney, talking about the June party honoring husband Nick and his 50 years in broadcasting.

        Remember? It was a sold-out affair for 800 in Music Hall, complete with his entire family — right, George too — and friends and co-workers.

        Anyway, as part of that 50th celebration, Nina worked pretty much around the clock on a tribute film back in May, lining up a batch of people to appear on the show.

        People on the show had two assignments: Sum up Nick in one word — try that someday — then speak two or three minutes about your friendship or working relationship with Nick.

        Just about every media name in town participated — 26 of them — as did a lot of national ones, including Walter Cronkite, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Edie Magnus and Ira Joe Fisher.

        Ever since then, people have been bugging Nina, asking when it would air. Here's the answer: 50 Years with Nick airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 48, followed by two shows Nick narrated — Cincinnati Reflections and Cincinnati Reflections War Years: Life at Home.

        “For 50 Years, we had to take four hours of tape, really good tape, and cut it to 57 minutes. I wish we had two hours, but thank God we have this much. It's really strong.

        “See what I mean? It just won't go away.”

        Chokers: As we've always known, there are 8 million stories in the naked city. We just didn't know so many of them were about choking.

        Apparently Vicki Roberts at the Heimlich Institute did. She put out a call two weeks ago asking people to contact here who have been saved or have saved someone with the Heimlich Maneuver.

        Which they did — e-mails, voice mail and snail mail came piling in. Even now, these two weeks later.

        “I'm not sure what we'll do with the responses. I know Dr. (Henry) Heimlich is sending them a personal letter and certificate. But we're also toying with using this to start survivors clubs in various cities.”

        And publication? “Some I know will go in our next newsletter, but I don't know if there's any thinking about a book.”

        The institute is still collecting stories. Survivors and savers can e-mail her at heimlich@iglou.com or call 559-2391.

        By the book: Meanwhile, Charles Infosino is moving right along with his book plans. Infosino, recall, is the 29-year-old Northern Kentuckian who spends tons of free time at Paramount's Kings Island, digging up information for an “everything you ever wanted to know” book.

        Wellsir, it looks like it will be here next spring, in plenty of time for summer trips. Orange Frazer Press is reading, suggesting changes and additions even as we speak.

        The book, with tips on everything from best rides to best foods, is 130-ish pages and called A Visitor's Guide to Paramount's Kings Island.
       E-mail: jknippenberg@enquirer.com.


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