DEDICATED TO BJ ALUMS FOUNDER HARRY LIGGETT 1930-2014. BJ NEWSROOM LEGEND 1965-1995.
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Former BJ and current PD entertainment critic Mark Dawidziak and wife Sara Showman first met
as co-stars in 1981 rehearsals for Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor.”
That led to their 1982 marriage, 33 years ago as of Oct. 9, and living
happily ever after in Cuyahoga Falls.
still billed as co-stars, in life and on stage.”
the limelight is Becky, their daughter.
is a New York City (Long
Island) guy living in Cuyahoga Falls after a stint in Tennessee journalism who
impersonates Mark Twain better than Samuel Langhorne Clemens, does a wickedly
terrifying Edgar Allan Poe show, regurgitates Charles Dickens like the dickens,
should wear a rumpled raincoat for his work on his “Columbo” book that Peter
Falk loved; and has reincarnated the Civil War in his productions with Sara.
He has performed his show at the Twain House & Museum in
Hartford, Connecticut and the famous Barter Theatre in Virginia (admission was
groceries, including ham for the hams). And teaches a class at Kent State.
Mark’s writings include 12 books and insightful entertainment
columns in the PD. Losing Mark and Terry Pluto may have been the BJ’s greatest
losses to the PD.
Mark is justifiably in the Cleveland Press Club’s Journalism Hall
Mark lengthy authorship includes “Mark Twain’s
Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Romance, Health and Happiness,” “Mark Twain’s Ohio,” “Mark My Words,”“Mark Twain on Writing,” the 1994 horror
novel, “Grave Secrets”; two histories of landmark TV series, “The Columbo
Phile: A Casebook” and “The Night Stalker Companion”; and “The Bedside, Bathtub
& Armchair Companion to Dracula.”
Mark and Sara formed
the Largely Literary Company and have done Twain, Dickens, Poe and the Civil
War, together and separately, in libraries and at the Barter Theatre and Twain
House & Museum.
Mark and Sara. You’ve had a longer run than “Oklahoma!”