In this story, it's a real-life competition to defy death. Because the punishment of knocking off first will mark the culmination of a nearly four-decade-long practical joke -- quite possibly the longest ongoing joke in the history of prank-manship.
I cannot recall what he told us during those suspenseful minutes following breaking news, but even then I grasped the irony of an assassination attempt in Dallas while learning about the nation's Founding Fathers.
Fraud investigator Harry Markopolos is not a nice guy. He would not give up in his lone pursuit of Bernie Madoff, even when the SEC told him to back off. Wendy Davis wasn't nice when she filibustered for 13 hours to block the passage of a strict anti-abortion bill in Texas.
I'll never forget sitting in front of the TV watching the test pattern in anticipation of the greatest children's program of all time to appear on that sweet small screen, hearing Buffalo Bob Smith say: "Hey, kids, what time is it?"
In the golden age of family sitcom, children didn't zing their parents like Borsht-belt comics. They didn't lead fantasy double lives.They were kids getting into kid scrapes, finding their way in the grown-up world.
N. Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard Economics professor, published an op-ed in the New York Times assuming the role of Ward Cleaver, offering sage advice to Obama couched in simple-minded concepts a nine-year-old could understand. Let's listen in.