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In the 1980s, Art Bell developed the idea for a 24-hour cable comedy network, which would eventually become Comedy Central. In his memoir “Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor" (Ulysses Press, $24.95), Bell writes about his beginning at the network, where he met a young Jon Stewart, and his eventual dismissal from the company he founded. Bell, who resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, is currently working on "The Origins of Comedy Central" podcast, which is scheduled to premiere in April.

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ROME (AP) — The Vatican is taking Pope Francis’ pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without a valid medical reason risks being fired.

Author, actress and activist Donzaleigh Abernathy’s latest project is inspired by her godfather Martin Luther King Jr. She’s the lead singer on “The Listening,” a choral project that’s a nod to Dr. King’s 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech. “My father (Rev. Ralph Abernathy) was with Uncle Martin that day at Riverside Church (in New York),” said Abernathy, who is based out of California. “After serving during World War II where all of the men in his company had been killed, except my father and another soldier named Benny, my father decided to dedicate his life to nonviolence.”

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Florence — a reminder of the artistic wonders that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

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In hard-hit European cities, residents took a moment each night to express gratitude to doctors, nurses and other health care workers. From Athens and Amsterdam to Rome and Madrid, people stood at windows or on balconies singing, cheering and applauding those on the front lines.

Born and raised in Germany, actress and author Pia Mechler moved to the United States about a decade ago. Currently she stars alongside Patrick Dempsey on The CW’s “Devils,” which tackles the cutthroat world of finance. Based out of Brooklyn, the actress said once this pandemic is over, she would like to travel to Australia. “My great-grandfather was Australian and legend has it that he founded the first Australian soap factory in Queensland. I have to get to the bottom of this myth, while seeing some koala bears on the way.” Fans may follow Mechler on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/piapopaya).

Bob Gruen is a pre-eminent roll ‘n’ roll photographer who has captured images of icons such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. In his latest book, “Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer” (Abrams Press, $32.50), Gruen shares his stories and photos. Though he has traveled worldwide, he still remembers his first big solo trip. “My mom sent me to a school in Switzerland the summer I was 15,” said Gruen, who was born and raised in New York. “I traveled alone through Dublin and Paris and Geneva to get there. It was amazing. I loved traveling and eating new foods. I met students from other countries and learned about their cultures.”

Born in Los Angeles and currently a resident of California’s Bay Area, author Nancy Jooyoun Kim focuses on a daughter who investigates her mother’s mysterious death in her novel “The Last Story of Mina Lee” (Park Row, $27.99). An avid traveler, Kim says she still has a destination she’d like to check off her bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef,” she says. “(It) is now in so much danger, because of climate change and global warming.” For more information on Kim and her book, check out her website (www.nancyjooyounkim.com).

Actor Sebastian Zurita views his hometown of Mexico City as another character on his Amazon Prime Spanish-language scripted series, “How to Survive Being Single” (“Como Sobrevivir Soltero”). Splitting his time between Mexico and the United States, Zurita, 33, traveled frequently prior to the coronavirus pandemic and said the destination was less important than his traveling companions. “I truly believe a dream trip comes from the people you are with and the type of trip you are making,” Zurita said. “Anything with friends without having to rush. I hate rushing.” The actor is active on Instagram (@szuritaoficial) and Facebook (@szuritab).

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European destinations--a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

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While considering what film to pick, I debated the sun-soaked north Italian vistas of 2017's "Call Me By Your Name" or the dreamy Vienna strolls in 1995's "Before Sunrise."

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