It didn't take former Boston Herald sports columnist Michael Gee long to lose his gig at Boston University. Just two weeks after being hired to teach an introductory journalism course this summer, Gee was asked to leave because he posted ''offensive" comments on a website, according to Bob Zelnick, chairman of the journalism department at BU. The website, www.sportsjournalists.com, has since removed the post, but, helpfully, blogger David Scott saved it at www.bostonsportsmedia.com/shots/. In the post, Gee describes one of his female students as ''incredibly hot" with a ''[nice] bod" and worries about ''losing my focus when I meet her to-die-for eyes." One of the several Herald scribes shown the door this spring as the tab tries to cut costs, Gee was hired by BU in early July. But after reading his randy remarks, Zelnick said he and school officials concluded ''we had to sever the relationship and sever it at once." Gee did not return a call yesterday, but in a note on sportsjournalists .com, he wrote, ''That post was pathetic, juvenile, and boorish. It's not me . . . yet I said it and I'm deeply ashamed I did."
Harvard picks fine fellows
Harvard's Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government will announce its seven new fellows today, and they include former Florida Senator Bob Graham. The Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will also announce its fellows, and Graham is on that list, too. Joining Graham at the Institute are Lisa Davis, communications counsel for the Clinton-Gore campaign; former Texas congressman Martin Frost; veteran Republican strategist Joe Gaylord; national counsel to the Bush-Cheney campaign Benjamin Ginsberg; New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney; and former Massachusetts state senator and onetime head of the Human Rights Campaign Cheryl Jacques. ''These fellows represent not just an ideological diversity, but a range of ways of engaging in the political process," said former New Hampshire governor Jeanne Shaheen, the Institute's director. Joining Graham in the spring at the Belfer Center are former UN official Kieran Prendergast and Scott Delman, former president of Capital Z Investment Partners.
The multitalented Greenlaw
So is Linda Greenlaw a writer or a fisherman? Both, says the best-selling author of ''The Hungry Ocean" and first female captain of a swordfishing boat. ''My heart says fisherman, but my checkbook says writer," said Greenlaw, who was played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in ''The Perfect Storm." Greenlaw's latest book, which she'll be signing at stores in Newburyport today and Cambridge tomorrow, is a cookbook called ''Recipes From a Very Small Island." Written with her mother, Martha, it includes a lot of lobster dishes. ''I'm eager to go home and haul some traps," said Greenlaw, who's been on book tours for six straight summers. ''But I've also signed a contract to write a novel, so I'll be working on that." What's it about? ''It'll be salty," she cracked.
At Italy's historic Sala dei Notari over the weekend, Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown gave honorary degrees to pianists Hank Jones and McCoy Tyner, and to Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava. Berklee is celebrating its 20th season of the Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz Clinics.
Living in the Back Bay seems to suit Tom Brady. The Pats QB and a few friends were on the Common on Sunday night to catch the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet . . . The word out of Saturday's ''Hot Stove" event was that Peter Gammons is getting ready to cut an album. And if you didn't catch the ESPN commentator's act at Fenway, there's a good chance he'll join his pal Paul Barrere and Little Feat when the original jam band plays Edgartown's Hot Tin Roof next week . . . ''Fever Pitch" filmmaker Bobby Farrelly dined at Siena in Mashpee Commons Sunday night . . . Yankees Derek Jeter (below), Jorge Posada, and Tanyon Sturtze autographed the Mohegan Sun whale at Ciao Bella over the weekend . . . And Andre 3000's coming to Boston next month to talk about ''Four Brothers," director John Singleton's latest.
Paul Molitor, whose father died of lung cancer the year before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, stopped by the game at Fenway on Sunday to talk with Boston cancer patients.
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