About CJ Kaplan

CJ Kaplan is an EMMY® Award winning freelance writer living in the Boston area. His first book, Jews Clues: You're Doing It All Wrong, is available now. You can see samples of all his work at adwriter.net. Contact [email protected]

The Day I Became Old

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One careless purchase transforms CJ Kaplan from a youthful 40-something into a senior citizen.

New England to the Rest of America: We Just Have One Thing to Say

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CJ Kaplan explains why the Patriots Super Bowl victory was so, so sweet.

What My First-Grade Son Taught Me About Art

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After seeing his son’s excitement about Degas, Picasso, and Warhol—CJ Kaplan realizes that teaching is an art form.

The Caroling Protocol

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CJ Kaplan is surprised by some visitors of Christmas present.

The Talk: Cruising Towards Puberty


CJ Kaplan’s son needs his dad to answer some questions about puberty. It’s a dance father and son take together.

Boston: A Love Story

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CJ Kaplan reflects on the luck of living in Boston, despite, or maybe because, of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

To My Uncle Dickie


CJ Kaplan remembers the man who taught him to love The Three Stooges, Mad Magazine, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and other great works of art.

A Public Execution: The Firing of Mike Tannenbaum

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CJ Kaplan discusses the firing of New York Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum.

Cold Mashed Potatoes and Warm Memories

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CJ Kaplan drinks way too much at his high school reunion and has a great time anyway.

Rush and the Limits of Immortality


In 1987, CJ Kaplan saw Rush for the first time. Twenty-five years later, he brought his son along for the ride.

An Open Letter to Yankee Fans


CJ Kaplan to Yankees supporters: It’s called losing gracefully. Try it.

Why Does Everybody Want Me to Get a Dog?


CJ Kaplan loves dogs. He just doesn’t want one.

Saluting the Captain


CJ Kaplan thinks Needham, MA native Aly Raisman deserves to be considered among the greatest captains in New England history.

Copy That

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CJ Kaplan finds out what it takes to be both a father and a brother to his son.

AM Gold

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CJ Kaplan tries to foist the music of the 70’s on his unsuspecting children.

My Wife, the Family CFO


CJ Kaplan doesn’t feel less of a man when his wife handles the family finances—she’s the only one qualified to.