Monthly Archives: April 2012

Descartes Before the Course

The progress marker on my Kindle made me think I still had a long way to go before finishing the short story “Madonna and Corpse.” The plot reached a satisfying conclusion even though the device told me I was only … Continue reading

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Kicking Pill Dependence

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch’s interview was timed to promote the upcoming Law Enforcement Memorial Run. The annual event takes place on the morning of May 12 at Volunteer Landing. The turning point of the conversation came when I asked … Continue reading

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Dogwood You Believe?

The Dogwood Arts Festival Parade used to march up Church Avenue and turn right on Gay Street. Last night I looked there for the parade but found only a Megabus instead. The parade now takes Hill Avenue to Gay Street. … Continue reading

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ePub Crawl

Publishing companies would send me dozens of books every month when I worked in Los Angeles, especially at KLOS, with the hope that their authors would be interviewed on the air. They had an appreciation for radio that the movie … Continue reading

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Ponch and Judy

A series of articles in the Los Angeles Times reminded me that the 20th anniversary of the 1992 riots is coming up on Sunday. One of the features shows side-by-side photos of impacted locations then and now. When the riots … Continue reading

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Not Going to Be Ignored

A brief excerpt of “I Will Follow Him” on Weekend Edition sent me straight to the Internet to hear more. NPR hadn’t changed their format to Oldies. Instead of Little Peggy March, the artist was Lady Rizo. The clip aired … Continue reading

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It’s Like, You Know…

The word “timeline” implies an easy-to-follow chronological order. Perhaps a better name for Facebook Timeline would be Facebook Categories. Chronological order seems to be unimportant to them. I have not converted my personal Facebook page to Timeline yet. I don’t … Continue reading

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Blue and Gold Smith

An autographed Harrison Smith jersey was one of the more interesting silent auction items at the event my wife and I attended Saturday night. The fancy benefit for Sacred Heart Cathedral School took place at Cherokee Country Club. There’s a … Continue reading

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Northwest Passage

The Emerald City has claimed another Knoxville news anchor. Hana Kim is leaving WATE-TV to join KCPQ in Seattle. A few months ago, Jamie Lynn Drohan left WATE for KOMO. Hana was my classmate and “lab partner” in the FBI … Continue reading

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Merten Call

The resemblance between Dr. Alan Merten and David Letterman never struck me until I saw Merten’s reaction to being surprised by a group of singing employees. The outgoing president of George Mason University got a musical send-off from the staff … Continue reading

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Far Left of the Radio Dial

A free Kindle book got me to listen to the pledge breaks on our local NPR affiliate in a new way. “Diary of a Public Radio Slave” by Kerri Wood Thomson was offered for free on the day I ordered … Continue reading

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Working Stiff

Dick Clark’s offices in Burbank were near a Mexican restaurant where we often had birthday lunches or good-bye parties for co-workers at KPWR and KROQ in the mid ’90s. I recall seeing Mr. Clark crossing the street, presumably going to … Continue reading

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Franchise Players

The Facebook notification said, “John Hudgens has invited you to like his page Backyard Blockbusters.” Knowing John’s history with fan films, I clicked “like” so I could learn more about it. John’s documentary-in-progress is called “Backyard Blockbusters: Adventures in Fan … Continue reading

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Hoping Fringe

One of my favorite shows has its season finale tonight. I’m pleasantly surprised that “Raising Hope” is having its season finale rather than its series finale. Fox already renewed it for a third season. The show keeps getting better. I … Continue reading

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