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Over the years people have done
almost everything for reality TV.
They ve sung their hearts out, eaten
bugs, looked for romance, exposed
their marriages and their parenting
styles and pretended to be friends
while tossing tables and throwing
But A&E s 60 Days In takes what
people are willing to do for the cameras
to a whole other level. Seven people
voluntarily enter Clark County Jail in
Jeffersonville, Ind, and, as the title sug-
gests, spend 60 days living in prison.
Their reasons are, for the most part,
noble. Maryum, a social worker, wants
to better understand the gang violence
she works so hard to prevent.
Tami, a police officer, wants to know
what it s like for people after she arrests
them. Isaiah wants to better relate to
his older brother, who is currently in
Sheriff Jamey Noel, who is overseeing
the programme, wants to put an end
to the corruption, drugs and violence
that permeate the prison. He believes
that having these seven volunteers infil-
trate the jail will give him the infor-
mation he needs. Citing the fact that
prisoners don t want to be labelled
snitches and some undercover cops
refuse to turn on fellow officers, he
needs "ordinary people who ve never
committed a crime to live in my facility
for two months." Only Noel and a hand-
ful of others know about the series;
the inmates and the guards are all kept
in the dark.
Much is made of how dangerous the
inmates are. So what s going to happen
to these participants and their families
after the show airs? Maryum, who is
the daughter of Muhammad Ali, is the
only participant who changes her name
while in prison. But anyone who watch-
es the show will know her.
The show is eye-opening. Although
it brings to life many prison cliches,
this isn t a Hollywood version of a
prison; it s an actual prison that s com-
pletely overcrowded. You ll feel claus-
trophobic just watching the small area
the 40-plus inmates eat and sleep in.
Absolutely nothing can happen in pri-
The violence is real and harrowing.
The language would make the most
profane cable show host blush.
Captivating look at corruption, justice
SAN FRANCISCO---If ever there was
a man worthy of a grand birthday
bash in San Francisco, it had to be
And that is exactly what happened
After the speeches, the music and
the praise for the legendary crooner,
hundreds of people watched as an 8-
foot-tall bronze statue of Bennett was
unveiled outside the Fairmont Hotel,
where he first sang "I Left My Heart
in San Francisco" in 1961.
"I can t get over what just hap-
pened," said Bennett, who turned 90
earlier this month. "That s the most
beautiful statue I have ever seen. It
will live in my heart forever. Thank
you for being so wonderful to me. I ll
never forget this day."
Bennett looked sharp in a blue suit
but said only a few words and didn t
sing. That was OK with the crowd;
they were just happy to see him.
"He s San Francisco," said Marty
Jewett, standing in the front row with
her friend, also a huge Bennett fan. "I
think he keeps all the generations with-
in his repertoire. I love his voice and
Jewett and friend Margaret Baker
arrived early Friday to get a front row
position in the crowd.
"I think Tony Bennett represents
the best in Italian-American enter-
tainment going back for generations,"
For as long as anyone can remember,
the New Yorker has been giving to San
Francisco. Now, the city has paid him
back, with Mayor Ed Lee declaring
Aug. 19 to be Tony Bennett Day.
"Tony Bennett, you ve helped us
share the magic of San Francisco
around the world," Lee said.
The celebration will continue at
AT&T Park, where the San Francisco
Giants will honor Bennett in a pregame
ceremony and throughout the game.
Bennett also will perform "I Left My
Heart in San Francisco" for fans.
"Tony, you are royalty," said Larry
Baer, the chief executive officer of the
San Francisco Giants. "We look forward
to tonight at the ballpark when we ll
have a small group of 41,000 people
singing Happy Birthday to you."
The theme of the day was how Ben-
nett has always been there for the city
by the Bay.
"When the cable cars broke down
and were closed down for two years
and we brought them back, he came,"
said Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, the
chief of protocol for San Francisco and
the state of California.
"When we had the earthquake and
we put the Bay Bridge back together,
he came. He s always here for us so
we thought, What can we do for him?
And we thought of the statue."
In addition to the fanfare Friday and
a gala dinner Saturday, Bennett is get-
ting his own ice cream flavor. Created
by the city s Humphry Slocombe ice
cream shop, the flavor "Duet" will
feature vanilla ice cream swirled with
limoncello sorbet and fennel biscotti
to honor Bennett s Italian heritage.
But the centerpiece of the celebra-
tion was the statue, which San Fran-
cisco Bay Area sculptor Bruce Leslie
Wolfe began creating a few months
ago after the singer sat for him for
three days. During that time, Wolfe
said they laughed, played music and
Bennett sketched his likeness, giving
him a new appreciation for the croon-
"Tony Bennett is probably the best
vocal singer that I ve ever heard. He
can do anything with words," Wolfe
said. "He s just like a poet, he s just
Paul Tormey, regional vice president
and general manager of the Fairmont
San Francisco, agrees.
"He s the godfather of the city. He
has always been there in times of need
and always been there as a good
friend," Tormey said. "He s been
absolutely wonderful to the city." (AP)
Tony Bennett honoured for 90th birthday
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