The Silicon Graybeard (and many others on the ‘Net) reminded me tonight is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performing on Ed Sullivan. Their big American break.
A real snooze for me.
1) I was into classical music – popular music (like Rock and Roll) just didn’t do it for me. And, I had memories of my Dad ranting about Elvis (and my Sister, the Bobby Soxer, fawning over him) years earlier.
2) My Dad’s rant continued regarding The Beatles long hair. “Unkempt, unclean, like a beatnik”, etc.
AND 3) (most important) being a 6th Grader, I was extremely jealous of the 6th Grade girls fawning all over these British invaders! What was so special about them, anyway?
Of course, regardless of my and other Dad’s rants, they went on to super stardom and changing the face of music forever.
Used to be there was a derisive term for classical music – longhair music. Obviously that went out of favor!
I LOVE the concept of National Public Radio. This assumes it reflects the entire political spectrum, which it does not. It is not unlike the German Democratic People’s Republic. It is neither democratic, a republic, nor of the people. Just because it is so named doesn’t make it so! (see also Republican Party, Democratic Party, Social Security, free health care).
Irons in the Fire posted recently an independent analysis of an NPR series (from Powerline), with the following results:
My finding is that the series was deeply flawed and should not have been aired as it was.
The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
5. No response from the state on many key points.
Sadly, I see much of the same with some other NPR content, as well as with so-called ‘public’ television. It’s sad that those entities can continue to obtain public funds under the guise of serving the public good. Because they have a political agenda. And it’s NOT equal time.
I’ll still sometimes listen to Click and Clack or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me! though. But, they should be paid for privately.
Will Rogers was a comedian and actor from the early part of the Twentieth Century. Before becoming a stage personality, he had actually been a cowboy – some of his act involved lasso tricks!
finally ~ If you don’t learn
to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.
h/t my dear sister, Ellie
I’m saddened to report that local radio news personality, famous for 40 years, Bill Heywood, and his wife Susan, were found in a Scottsdale hotel room, together, deceased.
It appears that Susan had some sort of terminal illness, and this was a murder/suicide situation. A note was left on the door advising there would be dead bodies found inside.
Bill Heywood had been a fixture in Valley radio at KOY, KTAR and KFYI radio.
He is much beloved by his many fans.
(UPDATED NEWS REPORTS THIS AS A PLANNED DOUBLE SUICIDE)
RIP Bill and Susan.