Friday, June 13, 2003

Evening Musings- An interesting day in the news. Two celebrity deaths in dominated the news on the way over to Melbourne this afternoon. The first was that of David Brinkley, who both helped start modern news anchoring in the 50s and 60s at NBC. Later, when put out to pasture at NBC, he then helped redo the Sunday news show in the 80s at ABC with This Week; what was a novel interview and discussion format a quarter century ago has now been copied by all the other networks. I’m not sure if distance is blurring the vision, but he seems to have been the least liberal of the big network anchors in my memory. He wasn’t a conservative per se, but he had a low tolerance for spin and BS. However, unlike many in-your-face TV anti-idiotarians of today, he did his rhetorical damage with a dry and sardonic wit. The other celebrity death was that of actor Gregory Peck. Peck brought a dignity to roles missing in most modern actors. He won an Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. More on that movie in a bit. The Yankees had a tag-team no-hitter thrown at them last night by the Astros. Former Florida Blogista Roy Oswald had to leave the game in the second inning without giving up a hit; six Astros combined to finish the job, including a record-tying four-strikeout eighth inning by Octavio Dotel. Just the idea of having Boy George squirm through watching that one makes me very happy.

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