Compiled by Joseph Hughes
Here's a sampling of recent Ohio University mentions in the media:
Renowned photographer Herman Leonard, BFA '47, found the music he loved as a child, hearing Nat King Cole on the radio. Later, while a student at Ohio University, he learned his trade. Leonard's new exhibition, Jazz Classics, melds his two lifelong interests, showcasing his 50-year love affair with capturing the genre's legends on film. "I went to college at Ohio University in Athens," Leonard told Craig Smith of the Santa Fe New Mexican. "I went there in 1940. It was the only college in the country at that time that gave a degree in photography."
Despite his age, Leonard hasn't shied away from new technologies. "I'm doing it [using a digital camera]," he said. "It doesn't improve your photography one bit. But it gives you another tool. The shooting on digital chips is OK. It's very economical. You don't have to walk around with 20 rolls of film bulging out of your pockets. It's convenient.
"But the big advance is Photoshop. I've taken some negatives I shot in 1946, '47. They're very difficult to print in a darkroom. But I put it in Photoshop, and I can get a great print. It's a godsend. I have no limits whatsoever."
Details: Photographer Herman Leonard, BFA '47, Jazz Classics; Running through Nov. 15, Andrew Smith Gallery, 203 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Broadcasting and Cable has named Ohio University alumnus Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News, its first-ever "TV Journalist of the Year." One of News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch's top aides, Ailes has led Fox News from its inception in 1996 to the top of the Nielsens' ratings among cable news networks. Before joining Fox, Ailes was president of CNBC, where he tripled the network's ratings. Ailes was also the president of the America's Talking network, which became MSNBC. A seasoned television producer, Ailes' credits include executive producing specials and syndicated shows like "A Current Affiar," "Maury," and "Rush Limbaugh: The Television Show." In conjunction with the award, he will be featured in an upcoming Broadcasting and Cable special report -- "The State of the News Business" -- in its Oct. 27 edition.
Did you know one of the "Swing and Sway" musical pioneers got his start at Ohio University as a civil engineering major? Lakewood, Ohio, native Sammy Kaye, born in 1910, paid his college bills while in Athens by playing with local big bands, the Akron Beacon Journal chronicled. After graduation, Kaye traded the tools of the civil engineering trade for the tunes and touring of a big-band leader. Quite popular, Kaye -- dubbed as "Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye" -- was a fixture on radio, television and in several feature films.
--> See the Akron Beacon Journal
Sydney, Australia, native and Ohio University graduate Ronny Yu is enjoying a homecoming, thanks to the recent premier of "Freddy vs. Jason," a horror movie that Yu directed. Two Australian papers, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times, provided in-depth looks at the filmmaker, who has also directed Samuel L. Jackson in "Formula 51" and "Bride of Chucky." Graced with a vivid imagination honed as a childhood spent in Hong Kong afflicted with polio, Yu dreamt of making films. But his father didn't agree; accordingly, Yu studied marketing at the University in the 1970s. "My father was Chinese, conservative-thinking and thought all filmmakers are all goofy and don t get regular pay cheques," Yu told the Times. "He was like, 'No, no, no, you can't be a filmmaker as a career -- you have to study business or marketing."
With two teen horror flicks like "Bride of Chucky" and "Freddy vs. Jason" under his belt, is Yu afraid of being cast in a specific genre as a director? "Hollywood likes to pigeonhole people," Yu told the Morning Herald, "but I see myself as a guy who likes to entertain."
Joseph Hughes is a writer with University Communications and Marketing.