Archive for March, 2009

R.I.P. Irving R. Levine

U1289936Always a favorite reporter for so many years.  The brains, the bow tie, and the “R”.  Here’s a  great article about him from the American Journalism Review in 1994.   He even appeared on Murphy Brown.

Here’s a video of Mr. Levine  in action in 1971.

 

 

 

 

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Why Steve Wozniak is still on Dancing with the Stars

It’s really easy to understand this.
1. The official rules include this little statement:
” Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online polls will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone and text lines will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of the show. Online voting will remain open until noon (Eastern Time) the next day.”

2. The Woz invented the Apple computer. Every one of his tech savy fans mobilized for action can flood the system.

3. Remember Lazlo, the genius living in the steam tunnels of the dorm in the great 80’s film “Real Genius?” Imagine lots of Lazlos voting for the Woz.

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4.  By the way, did you know Lazlo used an Apple iic?   Explains it for me.

 

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And for your viewing pleasure, a clip from the film.  Jon Gries also played Uncle Rico in “Napoleon Dynamite.”

A Song for Today

A video of the beautiful Stephen Foster song “Hard Times Come Again No More” as sung by James Taylor with Mark O’Connor, Yo-Yo Ma, and Edgar Meyer. 

Where’s Peggy Lee When You Need Her?

 I am really having trouble listening to some pundits saying that President Obama is trying to do too much.  Give me a break.  When I was his age,  I was in graduate school, worked full time, had two kids,  a husband  who traveled for business too much and at twas at the office too much, and I still found time to do a little musical theater and be on the board at church.  

 I am enjoying having a president who can multitask.   Time to enjoy a little Peggy Lee.

Everybody sing along!

I’m a Woman

I can wash out 44 pairs of socks and have ’em hangin out on the line
I can starch & iron 2 dozens shirts ‘fore you can count from 1 to 9
I can scoop up a great big dipper full of lard from the drippins can
Throw it in the skillet, go out & do my shopping, be back before it melts in the pan
‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I’ll say it again

I can rub & scrub this old house til it’s shinin like a dime
Feed the baby, grease the car, & powder my face at the same time
Get all dressed up, go out and swing til 4 a.m. and then
Lay down at 5, jump up at 6, and start all over again
‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I’ll say it again

If you come to me sickly you know I’m gonna make you well
If you come to me all hexed up you know I’m gonna break the spell
If you come to me hungry you know I’m gonna fill you full of grits
If it’s lovin you’re likin, I’ll kiss you and give you the shiverin’ fits
‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I’ll say it again

I can stretch! a green black dollar bill from here to kindom come!
I can play the numbers pay the bills and still end up with some!
I got a twenty-dollar gold piece says there ain’t nothing I can’t do
I can make a dress out of a feed bag and I can make a man out of you
‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I’ll say it again
‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N, and that’s all.