Life tends to be cyclical. Everything,
fashion, music or economics -- eventually returns.
And so did Don Canaan -- from a Bronx tenement to marriage, children,
success in television newsfilm,
immigration to Israel, re-marriage, two more
children and a return to the U.S.A. and a
new facet of journalism--print.
Canaan's career dates
to his appearance on Mike Wallace's NightBeat program.
His news background covers four decades of history --
from 1960 until his departure from United Press International
to become a Quality Editor for LexisNexis.
From 1961-1974, Canaan edited newsfilm and documentaries for
NBC News in New York, and in 1974 made aliyah as part of an
American group planning to settle Yamit in the Sinai.
With unemployment rampant during the late 1970s
and early 1980s. he became a statistic -- unable
to work in TV newsfilm because it had been superseded
by videotape -- unable to work in that medium because
of a classic "Catch-22" situation; you had to have
a job to be accepted into the union and you had to
be in the union in order to get a job.
His former union, the Motion Picture Film Editors,
Local 771 of the International Alliance of
Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), had been
devastated by NABET, the National Association of
Broadcasting Engineering Technicians.
This quandary came about because film in TV news
had become an anachronism -- a victim of American
technology combined with Japanese ingenuity. During
three years overseas, 22 years of TV journalism
experience disappeared beneath a tidal wave of
The Ohio State University's School of Journalism in
Columbus, Ohio, came to the rescue with an offer to
earn a master's degree while serving as an assistant in its TV news workshop.
Then a terrific opportunity came up at the American Israelite.
Canaan was brought on board as staff writer, copy editor
and photographer. He enterprised stories that brought kudos
from the community. His four-part series, "Jews in Ohio's
Prisons: Does Anybody Care?" received a first place
award for best weekly journalism in Ohio from the State of Ohio Bar Association.
Every evening, Sunday
through Thursday, Canaan compiles and edits IsraelNewsFaxx. This
newsletter is sent to a selective clientele throughout the United
States, as well as being posted on this website..
The midi music file, Lena from Palesteena (1920), has been purchased from Al Levy at http://alevy.com. The music is dedicated to my granddaughter, Alexis Hadassah Mercedes Canaan-Shelton, known professionally as Alexis Mercedes..