Category Archives: television

Why I Love Collies

After quite a dry spell – not so much writer’s block as, at worst , starter’s block; at best, finisher’s block, I realized I had to write something – anything. So, with nary a nod to nasty politics, I thought … Continue reading

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In-law Thanksgiving

This weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Thanksgiving,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real feast with your actual family). For further clarification, the “alpha … Continue reading

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What We Have Here is a Failure to Find the Right Reference Point (Or how I learned to communicate with Generation Y)

Mother’s Day weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting with my son and his gf (that’s hip for “girlfriend” – how cool am I!). Somehow, we got on the subject of Bruce Willis’ fame. I immediately referenced Moonlighting.  Despite it’s … Continue reading

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Please tell me this is just a “Stupid Human Trick” – Not an ending

Here we go again – the end of (yet another) era, as David Letterman, the last of my generation of late night talk show hosts says goodnight for the final time in this role, time slot, capacity.  And I will … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Oprah!

Yes, America, there was life and entertainment B.O. (Before Oprah). It was just different. And so I present to you, in no particular order, six ways Oprah Winfrey has changed our lives: Oprah proved a woman can be successful on … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Bleepin’ Manners Gone?

There are few things I dislike more than sounding like an old fuddy-duddy. Sometimes, however, harking back to my traditional upbringing (that being my point of reference) is the only way to address an issue.  The target of my rant … Continue reading

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Robin Williams: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams. We first met him as Mork from Ork on the 1970s sitcom Happy Days.. The cute, little, long-haired alien was popular enough to get a spin-off series, Mork & Mindy,  co-starring Pam Dawber. With his zany, impulsive humor, Williams … Continue reading

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A Generation in Pursuit of the Perfect Flip

Ever since I was old enough to appreciate being a baby boomer, I pondered penning a piece about coming of age in that era, and titling it “In Pursuit of the Perfect Flip.” First, let me address the aforementioned “appreciation.” … Continue reading

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To Write, Write Funny – or Just Get a Stinkin’ Paycheck – THAT is the Question

The answer is I would love to write – or write funny (either one), and get a paycheck for it.  A few days, ago, I responded to an employment ad for a humor writer, and was required to write “something … Continue reading

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Glen Campbell’s Talent, Musical Legacy Keeps Him “…Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind”

Despite years of being a studio musician, working with such greats as Elvis, Sinatra, and touring with the Beach Boys (as Brian Wilson’s replacement), Glen Campbell seemed like an overnight success. In 1967, rendition of John Hartford’s poignant poem (to … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again – Forget Willy – Free Big Bird!

Here we go again. Governor Romney indicated PBS would be among his list of federal tax cuts. So, the other side has thrown Sesame Street’s Big Bird into the dialogue and controversy. Even the Big Bird, himself, has asked not to be included in this… Continue reading

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Has Sugar Become a Four-Letter Word?

Disney Entertainment, in an effort to play a role in combating childhood obesity, has announced it will limit junk food advertising on its various media outlets. Yes, boys and girls, SUGAR is now a 4-letter word. Perish the thought that children m… Continue reading

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“I think you’re gonna like this picture…” that is, if you remember it.

Actor Bob Cummings was born on this date in 1910. It must be old TV show week for me (usually is). But, I best remember Cummings from re-runs of his 1950s show “Love That Bob.” He was a sort of playboy photographer, who lived with his sister playe… Continue reading

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If We Cut Funding to PBS, Will the Alphabet Up the Ante?

Some conservative legislators are seeking to cut government funding to PBS. They say the stations should seek their own sponsors, just as the commercial networks do. What? PBS has sponsors. I’ve seen it hundreds of times: “This program was brought… Continue reading

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