Maurice Sendak remembered

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

May 8, 2012 1:48:59 PM PDT
"Brooklyn boy grows up and succeeds in his profession. Period."

That's how Maurice Sendak once described how he wanted his obit to read.

And so with a huge amount of respect - and sadness - we've obliged.

The remarkable children's book author died at his home in Danbury, Connecticut today. He was 83 and had suffered a stroke.

Anyone who has a child - or who has been a child - has probably curled up with a Sendak book. Smart, sharp, unpredictable, edgy, imaginative.

His most famous work, "Where The Wild Things Are" in 1963, was made into a move a couple of years ago.

Some viewed him as a tad wild himself - but he looked at himself as reflective and mellow, influenced in no small degree by the Nazi monsters of World War II.

His monsters in "Where The Wild Things Are" were created, he said, to ease the fears of kids. Did Sesame Street create its monsters with the same thing in mind? It's a fair question to ask.

"I didn't sleep with famous people or movie stars or anything like that," he once said of himself.

Maybe not. But he enriched so many of our lives. And we remember him tonight as we work on the 11 p.m. newscast.

We wonder what Sendak would have made of the ban by Massachusetts today (effective Aug. 1) of all bake sales. The calorie-laden but life-support fundraiser for so many non-profits, will be outlawed in the New England state as part of a crackdown on fatty foods.

A good and noble cause to be sure - cracking down on fats - but perhaps a bit extreme? What do you think?

We'll have the latest, at 11.

Also at 11, we take a closer look at the most-complained about consumer problem in our area: home improvement scams. Tonight our Nina Pineda and 7 On Your Side looks at contractors who can prey on your fears and take off with your cash.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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