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What's in a Name

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2010 | 6:14 PM

As a boy growing up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium I would wonder what was "Gigantic" about the Giants or "Brave" about the Braves. At a point in time I realized that the names mean absolutely NOTHING!

As in politics I wondered where the names of the political parties...

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Cranky in Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 5:24 PM

This is what my friend Roy said recently in a "mass" email:

"I don't think enough people, especially those who can act, perceive the menace we are facing. Islam is a cancer that will destroy us if we allow this to continue. It is not just 19 irresponsible people...

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David and Goliath: Goliath Wins

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 4:16 PM

The all-powerful and, by the way, unelected and un-appointed Motion Picture Association of America retains control over a significant amount of the non print creation and dissemination of media in the United States and a good deal of the remainder of the world.

They are the "Studios," the "Broadcast...

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Get Me to the Wars on Time

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 10:34 AM

As a kid growing up in New York, I would regularly visit the Hayden Planetarium. I was in awe of the unimaginable vastness of our universe.

I would sit in a weird sort of theater "surrounded" by what I perceived to be "all of the stars and planets that...

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De Wrong de Rochemont

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 8:35 PM

This story is at best second hand and it was told to me by a television director almost forty years ago. Although the director is long gone, I will not use his real name and I will call him Bruce. Is all of this stuff that I tell true? Probably...

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The Harmonic Convergence and WikiLeaks

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 2:19 PM

It was midnight on August 27th of 1987 that I found myself in Malibu on a meadow overlooking the Pacific Ocean along with several hundred other severely delusional people waiting the arrival of "the Harmonic Convergence," a "new age" term applied to a planetary alignment.

The timing of the Harmonic...

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Queen for a Day

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 11:30 AM

Knowing that you don't know everything is, as a rule, a gift bestowed on people in later life. When I was much younger I knew everything about everything, and it took me a very long time and a lot of pain to realize that I didn't.

In the late...

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We Must Protect Our Children!

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 8:30 PM

This is a silly piece about a "tempest in a tea pot."

I am thrilled that at long last The Parents Television Council is appropriately campaigning against an upcoming CBS program "$#*! My Dad Says," and is urging advertisers not to sponsor the show.

They point out that "The Second...

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I Have Never Had Sex Yet I Am An Expert and I Do Like To Talk About It As Often As I Can

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 3:55 PM

The good "genetic" news is that I am in my seventy eighth year, am healthy, and still have hair.

The bad "genetic" news is that I have spent a lifetime "tilting" at windmills, and I am still "tilting."

Dictionary.com defines "standing" as: rank or status, esp. with respect to social,...

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Dream a Little Dream of Me

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2010 | 9:57 AM

This is another "whine" on my part concerning the pernicious nature of the consolidated media in the United States.

Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner CEO is undoubtedly a decent person, yet his company's relentless pursuit of increased profitability and growth manages to stifle what I would call true freedom of...

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Stick 'Em Up

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 12:17 PM

A Cablevision/Disney deal was predictably struck a little past the "eleventh hour" last night.

These guys should get their own special Academy Award for drama.

Welcome to America!

My television career began sixty years ago when I joined Screen Gems International. We sold the television content and feature films owned...

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The Futility of "Throw the Bums Out"

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 9:52 AM

I received something akin to the following from a variety of friends who in my humble opinion have become the upscale equivalent of the "New teabaggers."

They are speaking about Congress.

Choose anyone you want, as long as it is not an incumbent!

Out!

Absolutely:

Incumbents out

Every single...

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What's the Use of Having Power If You Don't Abuse It? #3

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 11:00 AM

In my opinion, the American over the air Broadcasting Companies are in the business of making as much money for their shareholders and themselves as they possibly can.

These people should be the deliverers of news and information pertaining to what the Feds are in fact doing to our...

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Hands Deeper In Your Pockets: NBC Universal and Comcast Merger

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2010 | 7:55 AM

This will be another whining lament concerning the incipient Comcast NBC/Universal merger.

Mel Brooks wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 1976 motion picture Silent Movie. In the film, his production was to be his studio's salvation to prevent its takeover by Engulf & Devour...

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American Idol and Glenn Beck

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 6:18 PM

Someone recently said: "Cable ratings in the weeks leading up to the election gave every indication of the Republican victory, and once again they proved to be right on the nose."

I will not take issue with what was said in this instance and I will say that the statistics...

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Lessons in Negotation for NBC

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 11:48 PM

Considering the childish events that are going on in the NBC-Leno-O'Brien event, I wonder if there is a parallel to be drawn to a bunch of kids fighting in a schoolyard. Is there a grown-up around anywhere? Is there someone really in charge at NBC?

I suspect that Leno, Letterman,...

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Blame Canada

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 5:25 PM

Tragedy: a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: the tragedy of war.

For my own purposes I will list three ongoing events in countries that would qualify for being described as a tragedy, and they are:

1....

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When Otherwise Good Guys Say Stupid Things

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 8:16 PM

It was in 1973 that I moved to Los Angeles with my then wife, two children and a Maltese named Annabelle.

I "took with me" my New York ability to, from time to time, say the stupidest things. For a bonus, I have always had the maturity of a...

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Sarnoff, Paley and Goldenson

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 3:48 PM

A Television writer/friend Dom Serafini recently wrote an article about "the good old days of Television Ownership."

Dom is not always wrong, but he is at least wrong some of the time, and now is "some of the time..."

He wrote on October 20: "The industry is crying wolf: The...

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William Shakespeare and Fox News

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 7:57 PM

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call...

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